How to choose the right cremation urn

When considering the final resting place for your loved one, our funeral directors are here to help you find the right option for you and your family. We understand that finding cremation urns for ashes of a loved one can be a daunting experience. To help with this process, we’ve put together this article to help you and your family choose the right cremation urn to celebrate your loved one.

Four things to consider when choosing your urn

At White Lady Funerals, it’s our aim to provide you with the comfort and support through our professional advice during this overwhelming process. Before purchasing a cremation urn for your loved one, consider the four points below.

1. Desired use

Before purchasing your preferred urn, consider first how it will be used. If you plan to display your urn at home, you may like the freedom of choosing the specific design, material and size. This will give you greater control of the overall aesthetics of the urn.

However, if you wish to bury the urn, there may be some limitations around the materials you can use. Generally, burials require a sturdier urn material to account for erosion. We suggest checking if you’re allowed to bury your loved one’s remains at your desired location to see if this option is even possible before deciding on the urn.

2. Material & Design

When choosing the right material and design of your urn, it’s important to know what’s available. The following materials are popular options due to their durability and aesthetic quality.

  • Wood
  • Natural stone
  • Steel
  • Glass
  • Ceramic

The design of your urn is a very personal decision, hence why there are many designs to choose from to reflect the importance of this decision. You also have the option for unique customisation depending on you or your loved one’s wishes. From oval shaped urns to handcrafted designs and urn necklaces, ensure you chose an urn design that embodies the unique personality of your loved one.

3. Size

Cremation urns come in small, medium and large sizing. Sizing varies based on the height and weight of the deceased person, and should be assessed by the funeral director or crematorium. They will have the experience to know whether you require a small urn or something larger.

In most cases, cremated remains can be accommodated in a three-litre urn, which is considered a medium to large size. However, if you’re unsure, it’s best to contact your funeral director or crematorium prior to purchasing an urn to ensure you get the appropriate size.

4. Cost

Depending on your chosen material, required size and any design customisation, urns can range from a few hundred dollars, to a few thousand. Urns made from cast resin and wood tend to sit on the lower side of the pricing scale, whereas ceramic and stone materials may cost more due to the more complex fabrication processes involved.

Speak to White Lady Funerals today

At White Lady Funerals we understand that finding the right urn for you and your family is an emotional and difficult process. After all, you naturally want to choose an urn that has meaning and does justice to the memory of your loved one. Allow our ladies to help you make a choice that you’re ultimately happy with and speak with us today.

For any other queries on purchasing cremation urns in Australia, our team is here to support you. Please don’t hesitate to contact White Lady Funerals today on 1300 656 550.