What to Consider When Choosing a Burial Urn


Burial UrnPurchasing burial urns is a much more involved process than one may think. This is the final decision you will make in regards to a loved one, and you want it to be the right one. Getting hasty when shopping for an urn for the ashes of your loved one may lead you to make a choice you will regret later on. You want to demonstrate your love and respect by choosing an urn that is fitting and pays proper tribute to the deceased.

Of course it is not a pleasant task to shop for burial urns, but it is one that requires some thought and consideration. Here are a few tips that will help you in choosing a burial urn that you will feel satisfied with long after your loved one is gone.

  1. 1. Don't get in a rush. Even though the service may be coming up shortly, it's very important that you take your time selecting something that suits your tastes and perhaps even represents the hobbies or life work of your loved one.
  2. 2. Consider material needs. Today, burial urns are available in a wide variety of materials, so your decision should be based on how concerned you are about environmental issues. Biodegradable urns are available that are free of toxins and break down in the earth over time. Some cremation urns will not break down for many years, so think of your ethics before making a purchase. If you are going to keep the urn for display, the decision takes on an entirely new light.
  3. 3. Affordability. If you have a tight budget, you want to shop for burial urns that are within your means. Today, you can spend thousands of dollars on urns for your loved ones ashes, but you can often find something comparable for far less money. You can get a burial urn that is of exceptional quality and beauty for considerably less money by shopping around.
  4. 4. Put the departed's preferences first. When you are browsing all of the cremation burial urns available today, consider whether it's appearance is something your loved one would have approved of. Does it suit their personality? Is it a choice that you feel your loved one would have chosen to have their remains stored in? Even after a loved one departs this world, you want to respect their wishes.


At a time when you are filled with grief, it's a difficult task to begin the search for the perfect burial urn. Just remember that this is the last thing you will ever do for the departed, and take your time so that you never regret the decision you made.