With cremation becoming a popular option in the United States, funeral urns are a necessity with many options available to consumers.
In 2003, according to the Cremation Association of North America, 28.63% of all people who passed away were cremated, compared to 12.34% of 20 years prior in 1983.
Funeral urns come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and the type you choose for storing the ashes of your loved one is truly personal choice.
Whether you want one that pays tribute to the deceased’s life through the urn’s creative design, or whether you are on a strict budget and require the urn purely for its functionality, there is something available for every family’s needs.
There are a number of different materials used to manufacture funeral urns (also called cremation urns), including metal, wood, marble, stone and ceramics.
Hardwood: These are constructed from hardwoods such as mahogany, cherry, maple, oak, and walnut (as well as other foreign woods).
Stainless Steel: Urns made from stainless steel offer a reliable and strong product at a reasonable price.
Precious Metals: Metals such as copper and bronze make for great aesthetic appeal to an urn. But as well as being pleasing on the eye, they can be easily engraved.
Marble: There are two ways to make a marble urn – from a single block of marble or from a composition mixture of marble dust and epoxies molded into the urn’s shape. As each finish is different, every urn will be different, giving the purchaser a unique product.
Ceramic: Hand-crafted from ceramic powder, porcelain or clay, and sculpted into any shape desired, then hand-painted, ceramic urns are perfect for individuality. However, take care of this type of urn as it is easily broken.
Keepsake urns are smaller urns that allow each family member to each keep hold of part of the cremated remains for memorial purposes. These urns can be a smaller replica of the original urn, a simply designed receptacle or an ornate piece of artwork. The design is entirely up to the family and their needs and personal desires.
Companion urns are designed to hold the ashes of two people side by side. They are ideal for spouses who were inseparable in life to be able to rest together in death.
Custom urns are also a popular option, with people getting something that is unique to them and symbolizes the life of the loved one lost. While this process is not cheap (a basic design can cost around $2000), it can help with the grieving process, as well as giving you something unique to honor the memory of the deceased.
Choosing an urn is a completely personal decision, with plenty of options available to consumers to suit their varying needs.