Keeping Cremation Ashes at Home - 2023 Guide

Ceramic urns for ashes by Pulvis Art Urns. 2023 Guide

Do you know that, according to a recent study around 35% of  the people who want to be cremated also say that they would like a loved one to keep their ashes at home or a special place. 

Sometimes, the choice goes the other way around: for the bereaved, keeping cremains in a funeral urn at home can be a way to hold onto the feeling of a connection with the person who’s passed away after they’ve gone.

Keeping cremation ashes at home is a common practice for many families who want to keep their loved one close after they have passed away. Here is a guide to help you with keeping cremation ashes at home:

Urns for Ashes at Home - 2023

Ceramic urn for ashes "Zodiac" kept at home. 


As gradually the world is starting to pay attention to the advantages of the cremation, more and more people are choosing to keep the remains of their loved one at home. 

According to a USA survey, one in three people are storing ashes in their home. For many, though, the decision to keep their loved one’s ashes at home is an easy one. When asked, 30 percent of respondents said they weren’t aware of all the memorial options available to them. Urns for ashes can be placed in a columbarium niche or even buried. Storing ashes at home is a great way to honor a loved one amongst your family.

We've done our own research and we suggest some tips on this topic. Here are some of them...

Choose the urn for ashes carefully 

The urn for ashes doesn't have to be something special, or even conventional, but it’s important to make sure it’s large enough to hold the ashes and sealed well. However, when keeping a memorial at home, many people feel it should be discreet. Our portfolio of ours for ashes are especially designed to fit any interior, without even noticing it is an urn. 

Decide on a special place in your home where you would like to keep the urn. This can be a bookshelf, mantelpiece, or a special display area.

Choose a Room for the memorial

It is all up to you! Some people prefer to place the urn in a room where they enjoy with the loved one and enjoying spending time at or maybe you will choose a location that is more private and peaceful, depending on your personal taste.

The Passage - Cremation Urn for Ashes at Home

If you choose not to have an urn or keepsake in your home but still want to be able to “visit” your loved one, you could put the urn at a columbarium niche at a crematorium, place of worship, or another memorial site, like garden for example.

The Memorial Location Should be Out of the Way of Traffic

As many of the urns are made of breakable materials, such as glass, ceramic or porcelain it is important to choose a safe location, where the urn isn't likely to be knocked over. 

Maybe your pet cat likes to push things off flat surfaces. Or maybe your family tend to put their items on right by one particular shelf, making knocks very possible. Remember, try to keep the ashes well out of reach.

Match The Urn Style to The Interior

Cremation urns come in a huge variety of styles, colour and materials. For instance a ceramic urn might be a great choice for a room with a more Classic or Scandinavian Interior, while a wooden urn will match an Asian style decor. When it comes to choices of shape and colour, Pulvis Art Urns offer an abundant variety. 

 Hand Decorated Cremation Urn

Be mindful of others

If you live with others, make sure to discuss the decision to keep the ashes at home and find a location that is respectful and comfortable for everyone.

Create a Special Memorial Space 

Often people prefer to create an entire memorial space that incorporates the urn as well as photos, jewellery, awards and other keepsakes that tell a story about the loved one’s way of life. You can also use the memorial space as an option for others to leave tokens, like letters or artwork, and you can even decorate it for holidays and other special occasions. Candle holder keepsakes can provide the perfect ambience in a memorial space.

Cremation offers a way to memorise those we never want to forget. While keeping customised urns in the home can bring comfort to many people, for others, it does not. In such cases, scattering the ashes of the loved one, the burial of a funeral urn in the family plot or keeping the urn for ashes in an urn vault at a columbarium are also choices to be considered.

Plan for the future: 

If you plan on passing the urn down to future generations, make sure to discuss your wishes with your loved ones and include them in the decision-making process.

It's important to remember there's no right or wrong answer when determining whether or not to keep a memorial urn in your home.

Pulvis Art Urns - THe Passage Cremation Urn

"The Passage" urns for ashes by Pulvis Art Urns. 

Slow down, take your time and allow yourself the space to grieve, you’ll know when the right solution comes along It's clear that what we do with the cremains of a loved one is not only a personal preference but also a matter of the heart. 

Overall, keeping cremation ashes at home is a personal decision that should be made with careful consideration and respect for your loved one's memory. With proper storage and a special place in your home, you can keep your loved one close and honor their memory in a meaningful way. 

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  • So I take the ashes home and I don’t have the proper requirements for the ashes I get in trouble so I don’t have the certificate I would like to know

    Pete Trevino on

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