Cremation Urns, What Are They and How To Choose One


A cremation urn is a container that holds the ashes of your loved one. There are many different types of cremation urns, from ornate vessels to simple wooden boxes. Cremation services Laredo TX family’s use to manage their end of life needs will offer you a range of cremation urns to choose from.

These urns have been a part of history for a long time. The earliest indication that urns were used to hold the remains of loved one’s date back to about 7000 BC. Throughout history cremation, and urns have been prominent. Researchers believe that the practice of cremation dates back to the stone age. Today about 48% of people choose cremation while the remaining 45% choose burial.

The Function of the Urn

Technically an urn is a vase with a wide-body and long neck, in the case of a funerary urn, there is a lid as well. It is widely understood that urns have been used for centuries as a way to preserve not only a loved one’s remains but to honor their memory.

Cremation urns can be referred to as cinerary urns, burial urns or funerary urns. Today, the term cremation urn does not only refer to a vase-like structure but it can be any structure that contains the ashes or remains of a loved one.

Cremation containers can be constructed from wood, ceramic, metals, porcelain even paper. They come in a wide range of sizes and shapes. They can be engraved and ornate or simple and understated.

Choosing the Right Vessel

You do not have to buy an urn from the funeral home that is providing the cremation services. You can choose to purchase an urn elsewhere. Of course, choosing one from the funeral home makes things easier.

Standard adult size urns are 200 cu inches which hold the remains of someone that is around 200 pounds. Exterior size has nothing to do with the capacity of the urn. You must speak to an expert about sizing before you make the purchase.

Many people consider the person that the urn is for. They base their choices on that person’s personality and what they would have liked. Other people choose urns that are based on their likes. A funeral director can talk to you about your options and help you to make an informed decision.

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