Caskets and Urns

Losing a loved one is never a pleasant experience and everyone dreads it. Even with all the sorrow surrounding the loss of a family member or friend, it is important to give them a warm sendoff. You may choose to either to cremate or bury them, and sometimes this choice may have been made by the deceased before passing on. Cremation is way cheaper than burial and it is no wonder that it is getting more and more popular by the day. It saves people the financial stress and frustration that burial may sometimes bring.

Irrespective of how you choose to bid farewell to your loved one, the choice of caskets and urns is a very important one. A casket, also known as a coffin, is the long narrow box in which someone is buried or cremated. An urn is a vase, usually with a lid, that is used to store a cremated person's ashes. It is also known as a burial urn, funerary urn or cinerary urn. Urns can also be used to store grave goods, which are the items that the deceased may have wished to be buried with. The urns can be buried, stored in a mausoleum or columbarium niche or scattered into the sea or at the deceased's favourite spot.

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Types of Urns

There are different urn designs available in the market in terms of material, shape and purpose among other things. Urns are broadly divided into two categories -- permanent and non-permanent. The choice between these two types of urns is determined by the intended use of the urn. Permanent urns are good for storage in a columbarium niche or mausoleum while non-permanent urns are perfect for scattering ashes or burial. Non-permanent urns are usually made of biodegradable material, hence they decompose over time after they are buried or thrown into the sea and release the ashes into the ground or into the water. Scattering urns are usually made light to make them easy to carry and usually have an easily removable lid.

There is a wide variety of styles to choose from including cloisonn, religious, patriotic, polished wood and fabric urns such as silk urns, which are great for burial because silk is biodegradable. You can get them in glass, copper, bronze, ceramic and marble among other materials. There are also different urns available for adults, infants, children and pets. The urn chosen should reflect the deceased's personality or interests. Therefore, it is possible to get customised urns with motifs of your loved one's hobbies such as sports, music and nature among other things. Going for a handmade urn will enable you to get the exact design you want and possibly even have it engraved with names and dates or the deceased's favourite quotes.


With this information, choosing an urn for yourself or for a loved one will not be difficult at all. The design you choose should correspond to the intended use of the urn. Most dealers will advise you on the best types of urns to choose. The design options at funeral homes may be limited and the urns may be more expensive there. It is therefore a good idea to do extensive research when shopping for an urn. Visit different online shops and physical shops that specialise in caskets and urns so that you can have a wider variety to choose from and probably get better deals.