Buying a funeral urn is an emotional purchase, and choice can feel overwhelming. To help you during a difficult time, Eirene has put together ten questions to ask yourself when thinking of what urn to purchase.
1. What size urn do I need?
You might choose several small keepsake urns to share with family or one larger one.
2. How much do I want to spend?
There are funeral urns to suit all budgets, but quality can vary. Imports can be temptingly inexpensive but could be of lower quality than a Canadian made product.
3. Where will I put the urn?
Will the funeral urn be outside in a garden or inside your home? For an outdoor location, you will need an urn that can withstand all weathers.
4. What materials do I like?
Cremation funeral urns come in a wide range of materials, including glass, bronze, copper, marble, steel, fibreglass, and wood.
5. How easy is it to transfer the remains to the urn?
Depending on the material and design, the opening to transfer remains will vary from simple lids to stoppers or screwed in attachments.
6. What colours and shapes do I like?
Colour choices are personal and will depend on the material you choose. Available shapes go from traditional to modern, with many designs blending the two.
7. Do I want to personalize the urn?
You can choose to engrave the urn with your loved one’s name and special dates. You may also choose to engrave a message or a special note.
8. Do I need to travel with the urn?
If you fly with your funeral urn, it will need to pass security systems at the airport. Check that your chosen material will be accepted before you purchase your urn.
9. When will the urn arrive?
Bespoke or detailed urns will take longer to make. Consider shipping times to make sure your urn will arrive when you need it.
10. What is the return policy?
Most non-personalized urns can be returned within 30 days. If you have chosen personalization and changed your mind, then a return likely won’t be possible.
Lastly, always remember, whether you choose a fancy urn or simple container, your loved one will still be commemorated in a beautiful way.