4 Basic Rules for Choosing the Right Urn For Ashes

4 Basic Rules for Choosing the Right Urn For Ashes

Finding a suitable cremation urn for your loved one may be overwhelming and distressing. There are various factors to consider when selecting a cremation urn, including shape, colour, size and even your loved one's personality and interests.

So how can a choice of one urn be made given the vast array of cremation urns available? Keep this four basic rules to make the process of choosing an urn easier. Let's start...




Before you make any decision regarding your urn and eventually buy one, you need to decide its purpose. Are you going to be dividing the ashes amongst family? Or maybe you intend to bury it? Many people prefer to store the ashes in their home or garden. Those are all valid questions and depending on what you decide will help you proceed with picking the right urn. 




Cremation urns come in different price range so the second step, after deciding the urn's purpose, is to know what you'd like to budget. There are many high-quality urns in the 165$ - 190$ price range, but if you have a moderate budget (250- 350$) you can find cremation urns with greater production value, such as handcrafted urns, which require more man-hours to create. Once you have established how much you want to spend, it's time to focus on the other aspects of the process.




     Cremation urns come in variety of sizes, but they are usually grouped into four main categories: adult, child, companion and keepsakes. As a rule of thumb, each pound of body weight equals roughly one cubic inch of ashes after cremation. It is suggested to select an urn a bit larger than the space, expected to use. Usually, created remains weigh 3-7 pounds and require about 180-220 cubic inches capacity.In case you have decided to store the urn in a columbarium, check with the authorities about the size of urns allowed. 


Material and theme


Usually this aspect of the process depends on your price preferences, however, that is not always true. Cremation urns are mostly made of ceramic, wood, bronze, granite, brass, glass, porcelain, marble, etc. The urns themes and styles are almost limitless and our advice here is to take into consideration the personality, passions and interests of your loved one. Engraving is also an option if you want to further personalize the cremation urn. 


Choosing the right urn will undoubtedly pay homage to your loved one. By following those four simple steps and narrowing your choice among the vast array of urns will change the challenging task into a satisfying outcome. If you are having a hard time deciding on the perfect urn, don't hesitate having other family members or a close friend join in on the decision.


We hope we've been helpful. 


Puvlis Art Urns Team