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How to Choose the Perfect Cremation Urn for Your Loved One

By Sachin Kumar Airan

Choosing a cremation urn is a decision that no one should take lightly. In order memorialize someone, it’s important to choose a high-quality urn that will last forever. They are made from a variety of materials, ranging from wood to steel. Some can withstand anything, while others will chip, fade, or even tear up.

Whether you want to invest in an urn for a relative, friend, or a beloved pet, you need to think about what that individual would like. How was he or she in life? What type of personality did that individual have? Find a memorial piece that symbolizes that person or pet. Some stores may also give you the option to have the urn personalized with engravings.

Another thing to consider is whether the urn is going to be displayed indoors or outdoors. Some are better suited for outdoors. These are made out of materials such as bronze, pewter, brass, and stainless steel. For indoor displays, wood urns are available in beautiful finishes and styles. You can get one beautifully crafted out of cherry, oak, walnut, ash, or any other hard wood.

These days, many people are choosing to display urns in gardens. Gardens are very beautiful places to keep someone’s remains. If you want to display the memorial in a garden, be sure to choose an urn that will withstand all of the elements. The best choice material for this type of urn is marble. However, you will want to choose a light colored one since darker colors will fade in time.

In addition to finishes, memorial urns are made in a variety of designs. Religious and spiritual urns feature religious symbols, angels, stars, moons, and so on. Some designs depict animals. These designs are good choices if the individual you are wishing to memorialize was an animal lover. For athletes, there are urns available with sport motifs. If you want a personalized design, you could have an engraving of your loved one’s picture and name.

Some cremation urns are made for specific purposes. If the deceased was a soldier or a veteran, you choose from a variety of patriotic displays. If your loved one was a child, there are tiny keepsakes available in which you can keep a lock of the child’s hair or a portion of the ashes. Biodegradable urns are available for those who wish their remains to be scattered at sea.

Another consideration is your budget. Prices can range from $100 to more than $2,000, depending on the materials and finishes. The more expensive urns are made out of the highest quality materials and may have gemstones fashioned onto them. When it comes to memorial pieces, you WILL get what you pay for, so you don’t want to choose something just because it’s cheap. Your loved one deserves better than that.

Nobody likes the idea of shopping for urns, but if you can choose the right one, you will have a peace of mind in knowing that your loved one will be memorialized beautifully. Choosing the right urn will help you and the rest of your family with the grieving process. Part of the grieving process is making sure that your loved one is memorialized in the best way possible.

Choosing the perfect cremation urn is the best way to do this. With so many designs, colors, and themes to choose from, you should be able to find something that represents his or her personality perfectly. Learn more about memorial urns and keepsake jewelry pieces and how you shop for them online.

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Airan, Sachin K. "How to Choose the Perfect Cremation Urn for Your Loved One." How to Choose the Perfect Cremation Urn for Your Loved One. 18 Jan. 2011. 12 Feb 2015 <>.

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