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Types of Urns

According to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), cremation has continued to grow as a choice for final disposition. Despite this growth, many people don’t know about what options are available to them. 


If you or a loved one is being cremated, one of your first choices will be an urn. One way to narrow down your options is to consider what you want to do with the urn. Want to plant a memorial tree or rose bush? Choose a biodegradable urn. Want to keep the urn at home? Choose a decorative memorial urn. Want to scatter the ashes at sea? Choose a scattering urn. Decide on what you’d like to do first, then choose the urn that best fits.  


Something else to consider is deciding on a long-term home for the urn. While some find it comforting to keep the remains at home, it would be hard to expect that future generations will keep multiple urns of family members in their home. Instead, make a plan. In 10 years, you might scatter the ashes or bury the urn in an urn garden or place it in a columbarium. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter which option you choose, simply that you have a long-term plan for the cremated remains 

Types of Urns 

Urns come in many shapes, sizes, and materials. It’s simply a container to hold the cremated remains. Urns can be made of: 


  • Plastic
  • Cardboard (or other biodegradable material)
  • Cast Resin
  • Wood
  • Ceramic
  • Metal
  • Marble
  • Glass 
  • Clay
  • And many other types of materials! 


As you can see, choices for cremation urns abound. Before making a decision, you may wish to talk to your family members and speak with a funeral professional. You may get even more ideas after discussing the topic with a knowledgeable person. 


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