How to Select the Right Urn After Cremation

When you mull over Brentwood, TN funeral home and cremations services and decide on a cremation for a relative who has died, there are lots of details that you’ll have to figure out. One of these issues that sometimes get forgotten is the urn in which the ashes will be placed. The thing is, however, that the urn you buy is important and worth reflecting upon. Read on for a primer on how to choose the right urn for your deceased loved one.


Size Considerations


As you might already know, urns don’t come in a single standard size. While you can get advice from a funeral home on the recommended urn size for your deceased loved one, it’s important to know that the cremation remains can weigh between three and seven pounds. An older, taller and bigger person will likely require a larger urn than a younger, shorter and smaller person. But, again, you can ask for help in choosing the size from a funeral home or crematorium.


Do You Have Urn Type Preference? 


Was your deceased loved one particularly religious? There are urns with religious themes that might be more appropriate than a more standard urn. It’s even possible to buy companion urns in the event that you ultimately want to, for example, have the cremated remains of both of your grandparents within the same urn. The sky’s the limit in terms of what’s available.


Urn Material Considerations


Urns can be made of wood, glass, marble, metal and other types of materials. The one you choose will depend on factors such as how much you want to pay and what you want to do with the urn. If you plan to keep it at home on display, you might want something like wood or glass since both of these materials are easy to maintain with cleaning agents you likely already have on hand. If you plan to keep the urn in a high-traffic area of your home, you might want to steer away from glass since it could easily be damaged or broken if it is knocked to the floor. 


Will You Travel with the Urn?


Sometimes people travel to attend a cremation and then take the urn with the ashes of their deceased loved one back home with them. If you’ll be facing such a scenario and need to transport the urn by air, you should probably choose an urn made of plastic, glass or cardboard. The reason this is important is that the airport x-ray system will more easily be able to scan such materials, which means that you’ll be able to skirt around unnecessary hassle. 


At Ellis Funeral Home & Cremation Service, we have a wide assortment of urns that you can purchase. We can also provide recommendations based on what you’re looking for. Funeral home and cremations in Donelson, TN are our specialty. Call us at (615) 255-5412 for a free consultation so that we can help you choose the services you want for your deceased loved one. Feel free, as well, to stop by our office at 2627 Nolensville Pike Nashville, TN 37211 to talk to someone in person or to check out our facility.

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