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The Only Guide You Need to Choose an Urn

If a loved one has died and you are beginning the process of arranging a cremation, one of the most important steps is to choose an urn. There are all manner of options out there, from eco-friendly choices that are bio-degradable, to ornamental options that can be displayed in a home or columbarium. It can sometimes be confusing to know which one is right for your loved one’s ashes, which is why we have put together this simple guide to help you choose.


Size First

The first thing to consider is the size of the urn needed. Do you need an urn for one adult or two? There are urns that can accommodate up to two people’s ashes, so consider a companion urn if you want for more than one loved one to use the urn at some point. A standard urn can accommodate one adult, while child and infant urns are also available. Once you know the size of urn you need, move on to the next step.



The weight of the individual is another consideration. Standard urns can accommodate ashes up to 200 pounds, but if your loved one weighed more, you will have to turn to non-standard options. There are many different options and there are size charts that a funeral home or crematorium can provide.  Toledo, OH cremation services have lots of non-standard urns that can ensure you purchase the right one.


Use of Urn

The next step to consider is what use the urn will have. Will it be a display urn or will it be buried? If it will be buried, will it be in the ground or at sea? All of this makes a difference in the kind of urn you need for your loved one. An urn for a water burial, for example, has to be bio-degradable so that it breaks down easily, while a display urn can be made of any material. There are options, too, for people who want to share the ashes among relatives. There are keepsake urns that have room for a small bit of ashes so that many relatives can be close to their loved one long-term.



The next step is to consider the kind of budget you have for the urn. Do a bit of research about this so that you can have an idea of the average costs. This will help narrow things down. Prices vary depending on size, material from which the urn is made, and type of urn.


This guide will make it possible for you to find the right urn for your loved one easily and with as little stress as possible. A funeral home or crematorium director can help with all of these options and can guide you through the process. Reach out to Habegger Funeral Services, which is located at 2001 Consaul St, Toledo, OH 43605. Call (419) 214-2622 to start selecting the perfect urn for your loved one!

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