The Basics Of Cremains Storage: Choosing An Urn Or Storage Container

Cremation has become nearly as mainstream a way to dispose of a deceased's remains as a traditional burial. As a result, people who have never dealt with storage options for cremains are looking for options to handle their loved one's cremains. There are many different solutions for storing cremains, so it's important that you give it careful thought. Here's a look at a few of the things that you need to understand about choosing storage for cremains.

Traditional Urns

Traditional urns are what most people think of when they think about storage for cremains. These urns are moderately large in size. They can be stored on a shelf, in a closet, in a mausoleum, or even buried in a cemetery. 

If you're interested in an urn like this, you'll find that there are many different shapes, styles, and colors. Decorative urns are made to fit in on a display shelf because they have ornamental finishes. You can talk with the funeral home director about the options to find the urn that fits your preferences.

Keepsake Urns

If you are dealing with cremains from a loved one and you want to distribute those cremains among family members so that everyone in your family can honor their memory, you should talk with the funeral home director about keepsake urns. These urns are smaller, so they each hold a small portion of cremains. Depending on how many of them you need, you may be able to have all of the cremains divided between them or you might have cremains put into a few and then the remainder of the cremains placed in a traditional urn.

Burial Box

For loved ones who want to be cremated but still wish to have their cremains buried in a cemetery, you may not want to bury a traditional urn. Most funeral homes will also provide burial boxes for cremains. These boxes are nondescript and simple, but they are also affordable. If you're planning a graveside burial, talk with the funeral director about a burial box for the cremains instead of investing in an urn.

When it comes to dealing with a loved one's cremains, you need to choose the storage option that's right for you. There are many different options available to you, as you can see. Consider each of these possibilities as you're trying to decide which one is the right solution to honor your loved one's memory.

For more information on cremation, contact a professional near you.