Important Factors to Consider When Choosing Cremation Urns


Losing a loved one is one of the hardest situations we encounter in life. As we begin the process of final planning, many considerations must be weighed: how to honor a loved one in a way that reflects their personality, how the family can best pay their respects, and what type of memoriam is most suitable. When considering cremation, one aspect of the process deals with choosing the vessel that is most appropriate to store the remains of the departed.


Choosing cremation urns are no simple task. The following information provides some factors to consider when choosing which type of urn will best suit your family’s needs and your loved one’s memory.

Personality and design
When choosing a memorial for a loved one, many families opt for an urn that somehow depicts or expresses the deceased’s personality. This can be accomplished by choosing a specifically shaped and/or colored urn. A family may also choose to incorporate a placard that can be placed on the urn with the loved one’s name, favorite quote, etched picture, or lines from a poem or prayer.

Urns come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. A family may choose to use a bronze, glass, wood, marble, or porcelain urn. Urns can also be composed of biodegradable materials such as bamboo or earthenware clay, which can be placed in water or buried in the earth.

The size of the urn you choose may depend on how your family wishes to divide your loved one’s cremains. If several members of the family wish to share the cremains, a selection of small urns may work best. If your loved one wished for some of their cremains to be scattered or buried and some to remain within a family member’s home, you may choose a biodegradable urn to bury as well as a porcelain urn to keep within the home. The size of the urn solely depends on how your family wishes to divide the cremains.


When choosing cremation for a loved one’s final plans, contact Heartland Cremation. At Heartland Cremation, we assure you that your loved one will be well cared for at all times and that they’ll be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve. Our cremation services currently span the Kansas City, Jefferson, and Columbia, MO, regions. Contact Heartland Cremation today to learn more about our cremation and funeral services.

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