The process of planning a funeral requires family members to make several important decisions pertaining to a loved one’s final rest. The knowledge that many of these decisions are permanent, combined with a desire to lay a loved one to rest in the most honorable manner, can place a great deal of pressure on those who are doing the decision-making.
One major decision facing individuals whose loved one will be cremated is the selection of a proper burial urn. This is a decision that does not have to be permanent, but should be treated as if it were. To ensure that you select an appropriate urn for your loved one’s cremated remains, consider the following:
Common urn materials include stone, metal, glass, and wood. When choosing a material, the most important factors to consider are the place in which your loved one’s urn will be displayed and the appearance of the urn. Choose an urn that your loved one would have approved of, and make sure that the material it is made of will endure in the setting in which it is displayed. If the urn will be stored inside, your options are extensive. If you plan to display the urn in an outdoor garden, you should choose a durable stone material.
The urn you select for the storage of your loved one’s ashes should be large enough to store all of your loved one’s cremated remains, but it should also fit comfortably in the display case or other location in which it will be stored.
Urns come in a variety of shapes, ranging from traditional concave urns to ultra-personalized cowboy boots, stuffed animals, dolphins, or sports insignias. When deciding on the shape of the urn in which you will store your loved one’s ashes, consider his or her personality and the location of your home or garden where you plan on displaying the urn.
If you intend to transport your loved one’s ashes frequently, you should choose a box urn or other urn that will not shatter if it is dropped.
At Leak & Sons Funeral Homes in Chicago, we offer our clients with a variety of urn options to choose from. For assistance on choosing an urn that is not only appropriate but also ideal for the storage of your loved one’s ashes, call us at (773) 846-6567.