is a wide array of Cremation Urns available on the market today, and as
the cremation rate in the U.S. increases, so this market will expand.
In addition to the market for Cremation Urns for human remains, there is
also a large market for keepsake urns for pets that have been cremated.
to the numerous types of Urns on the marketplace, this means there is a
type of urn to fit every need. Urns come in all shapes and sizes
and a range of different materials. There are individual urns and
companion urns, and also keepsake urns, where ashes can be divided amongst
a number of small urns to be shared between close family and friends.
Biodegradable urns are suitable for a scattering or burial where the ashes
need to be contained initially before dispersal. i.e. an ash scattering
at sea. Temporary urns are available for travel purposes, temporary
containment or transport for ash scattering.
offer a natural and beautiful, solid stone encasement. Marble is
a stone that starts off as limestone, and through the marvel of geology
transforms into what we know as marble. Once highly polished it creates
a smooth, and organically grained finish. Marble Urns offer a unique
finish due to this ‘veining’ characteristic, and no two urns are alike.
Limestone must be protected from acid, which may damage the surface, such
as citric acid and vinegar. Marble Urns typically range in price
from $75-$600 depending on size, style and supplier.
Urns have a durable and classic appeal. Bronze is the hardest material
that a Cremation Urn can be manufactured from, and again they connote an
ancient age when this valuable metal was considered highly revered.
In casting a bronze urn, the craftsman can sculpt to a variety of designs
and colors. Bronze Urns do not rust, but if exposed to the elements
over a period of time, some discoloring will occur. Bronze can make
beautiful keepsake urns, which are often made sculpted as befitting tribute
statues or shaped as a heart.
Urns again range in price and can start from as little as $100 but can
cost up to in the region of $3000 depending on size, style and supplier.
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Urns offer a truly organic and natural encasement, which can feel warm
and ‘alive’ in a sense that makes a wooden urn of great appeal to many
bereaved. Wood is perhaps one of the materials that mankind feels
sustains life, and therefore offers a connotation of everlasting life.
Wood can feel soft, silky and smooth to the touch, and a range of hardwoods
are employed in the making of wooden urns. Dependent upon your preference
you can chose between Oak, Mahogany, Cherry, Maple or exotics like Burmese
are a variety of construction processes for wooden urns these include:
Urns typically range in price from $60-$800 depending on size, style and
solid flat pieces to make a rectangular or angled box-type urn
wood on a lathe to create cylindrical shaped urns
wood to create beautiful designs
for detailed and unique intricate designs
engraving to create complex designs
Urns are perfect for artistically memorializing a personality. The
unique process and special paints used to make Cloisonne Urns give them
a special beauty and elegance. The process involves using brass wire
and moulding with ceramic pottery. This provides the sturdiness of
metal with the delicate finish of ceramic. An ancient art thought
to originate in ancient Greece and China, Cloisonne Urns if properly cared
for will endure for generations as exquisite memorials.
Urns typically range in price from $70-$400 depending on size, style and
of urn is fast growing in popularity as we become more environmentally
conscious. A Biodegradable Urn comes in a variety of forms – the
common factor being that it is constructed of a biodegradable material.
This means that it will decompose into the environment without causing
any harm. In the main they are hand made from non-toxic paper and
meet all governmental requirements. Biodegradable ash scattering
tubes are ideal for an ash scattering at sea and prevent the ashes from
dispersing too quickly or blowing away.
biodegradable urns include a biodegradable bag for storing the remains
until the final scattering or burial. In the case of sea or lake
dispersions the urn will usually remain on the surface of the water for
up to 15 minutes before descending. A biodegradable urn will normally
fully degrade in water within 3 days; in a land burial the urn will completely
disintegrate within a year.
the air transportation of cremated remains is required a biodegradable
urn meets all airport transportation security administration legislation
(TSA), and this solves any boarding issues carrying-on your ashes.
Urns typically range in price from $70-$260 depending on size, style and
and easy to find in a range of colors and designs, Ceramic Urns offer the
opportunity to capture whatever artistic patterns you desire. Pottery
is yet again an age-old tradition that has held-fast over the years, essentially
for the beauty and grace that fine ceramic art offers.
history of human ashes being stored in ceramic urns dates back to early
civilization, so there is an intrinsic legacy of eternal life entwined
with the memorialization of ashes in ceramic urns. Available in a
number of finishes and glazes, Ceramic Urns can truly fulfill anyone’s
imagination in terms of creativity. Although there are many ready-available
designs, Ceramic Urns can also be custom designed to your specifications.
Some Ceramic Urn Suppliers will offer this customization service, plus
many local ceramic artists will happily craft a unique urn at your request.
are much smaller in size than a standard Urn, and serve to hold just a
portion of cremated remains as a memento. They can either be used
to keep just a small memento in addition to maybe performing an ash scattering,
or placing the cremated remains in a memorial garden, or can be used to
share out the remains for remembrance and memorialization between family
Urns can be purchased individually or as a set. Just like a standard
Cremation Urn, they come in allsorts of shapes, designs and themes.
is such a variation in Keepsake Urns that it is difficult to provide a
rough guide to pricing. It can largely depend of the size and quantity
you require. Individual keepsake urns can start from around $28.
Boxed sets of six keepsake urns can start at around $115.
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silk urn offers elegance and warmth, and an added bonus of providing a
beautiful keepsake for keeping memorabilia of your loved one following
an ash scattering. For this reason, Silk Urns are often referred
to as ‘Memory Chests’.
the air transportation of cremated remains is required a silk urn is another
alternative that meets all airport transportation security administration
legislation (TSA), and this solves any boarding issues carrying-on your
Urns typically range in price from $70-$90 depending on size, style and
Urns are a little more unusual but again, like Silk Urns, double up as
a ‘Memorial Chest’, and therefore can be very versatile when used for ash
scattering purposes. Leather is a more natural and warm material.
Urns typically range in price from $120-$420 depending on size, style and
and Glass Urns
are looking for something unusual, delicate and colorful, then maybe a
crystal or glass cremation urn would be the choice for you. A beautifully
blown glass urn can make a very decorative memorial keepsake that will
adorn any tabletop or mantle-piece. Glass Urns are perhaps the best
type of cremation urn for those interested in preserving the famous “ashes
to ashes, dust to dust” tradition of the bible. The main component
of glass urns is sand that through a heating process is liquefied, and
then solidified to form a substance that we know as glass.
and Glass Urns can be purchased from as little as $40 but range up to $1500
depending on size, style and supplier. Simple designs can be quite
reasonably priced, but the more exotic and exquisite the craftsmanship
of the crystal or glass, the more expensive the urn will be.
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known as ‘Cultured’ cremation urns, they are formed from blends of natural
and synthetic substances, cold-cast and fashioned to look and feel like
stone, ceramic, or other traditional materials. The results are beautiful,
elegant cremation urns at affordable prices, made to last forever.
The benefit is that in an ornamental way, they can be produced in allsorts
of designs and are relatively cheap urns. So if you wish to
symbolize a favorite sport or hobby of your loved one, you will no doubt
find a cheap decorative urn that is of a cultured origin.
to the synthetic nature of their material they are also very durable and
easy to care for.
for synthetic urns can start at around $25 and range up to about $250 depending
on size, style and supplier.
Frame Cremation Urns
provide a dual purpose enabling you to retain your loved ones ashes along
with a photograph. They are available in individual or keepsake sizes,
and come in wood or cultured finishes.
can range from around $65-$350 depending on size, style and supplier.
Military and Forces Urns
loved one served in the Forces, be it Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines or
Police, then a tribute urn to reflect their service can be a befitting
way to immortalize their remains. As with other ranges of urns, there
are urns on the market that are specifically designed for this purpose.
Whether you chose a wood, brass, bronze or biodegradable urn, you will
find that there is an appropriate patriotic cremation urn. Some will
be embossed with flags, eagles or badges; others may be colored with the
stars and stripes.
and Military Urns start in the region of $55, but you can spend up to $430
or upwards depending on size, style and supplier.
Medallion is a way of decorating your urn. They can provide an excellent
way of personalizing an urn where the surface cannot be engraved or marked.
They also provide a great way to custom personalize an urn.
capsule is a specially engineered from a aluminum alloy with a polymer
coating to preserve the cremated remains of your loved one, including optional
DNA samples and electronic storage. It is designed to last forever,
and the idea was borne out of observing the need for a resilient means
for long-term interment of cremated remains, much similar to the interment
of a body in a gasket-sealed casket.
Heritage Capsule can safely be buried anywhere protecting the ashes of
your loved one. The capsule is hermetically sealed and impervious
to all environmental agents. Adding a DNA sample is an optional extra,
but an ingenious way of allowing your loved one’s core identity to be locked
in ‘time and space’. The DNA sample is extracted from a hair sample.
Another option is the addition of an electronic data chip that can store
up to 2MB of electronic files.
are three options for the Heritage Capsule, starting at $249.00
Cremated Remains on Airlines
days there is a growing need to move cremated remains across the U.S, indeed
even internationally. If a loved one has died away from home, many
Americans are now finding it a much more practical, and cost-effective
solution, to conduct a cremation at the place of death and then transport
the ashes for a funeral or memorial service.
9/11 the Transport Security Administration (TSA) has enforced strict regulations
with regards to traveling with cremains.
are two options for carrying a container with ashes with you on your flight.
Some airlines will NOT permit the transportation of cremated remains in
checked luggage, so do check with your airline before making any arrangements,
or purchasing a container.
– allows you to carry-on your cremated remains as long as it is in a container
that can easily pass through x-ray and the ashes can clearly be identified.
For this reason either a temporary crematory container is preferable, or
the purchase of a lighter weight urn such as a silk or biodegradable urn
can be a solution.
Luggage – checked luggage needs to be carefully screened. As any
container such as an urn could be suspected for explosives, it is again
imperative to ensure the container will easily pass the airline screening
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