A Guide to Cremation Urns
May 10, 2024

A Guide to Cremation Urns

A Guide to Cremation Urns

When we experience loss and begin considering the planning necessary for this phase undoubtedly we will encounter a consideration for cremation and the urns required for this situation. Cremation urns are not something many of us have spent a considerable time thinking about before we need to purchase one. This guide is designed to assist you with all considerations concerning your urn purchase. We will explore everything you need to know about cremation urns, from the purpose and materials to customization options and more.


One of greatest aspects about the world in which we live is that life exists. As fruitful and rich as life can be we have to at some point we all end up colliding with the reality that life ends. And the purpose you are here now means you've likely encountered the end of a treasured life. The depth, type and gravity of each loss is just as unique as the soul that left. The purpose of the urn needed is largely dependent on the circumstance. You could be looking for an:

  • Adult Urns: These particular urns are designed to hold the cremated remains of an adult person, these urns come in a wide range of styles, materials, and themes, catering to different tastes and preferences.  When considering the adult urn be sure to take into consideration this sizing chart/article, it details specific sizing attributes for urns.
  • Pet Urns: Just as beloved pets hold a special place in our hearts, pet urns provide a dignified way to memorialize our furry companions. Available in various sizes and designs, pet urns come in options suitable for all types of pets, from cats and dogs to birds and more.
  • Keepsake Urns: These smaller-sized urns are ideal for sharing a portion of the cremated remains among family members or for keeping a small memorial in multiple locations, such as a home, office, or garden.  Here at Abiding Love we make all of our urns with the highest quality, handcrafted expertise that is deserving of any urn, no matter its size or purpose.

Image shows the approximate difference in the three available sizes offered in the Celtic Cross and Weave Urn between the keepsake size (intended for a portion of an average adult's cremated ashes), adult size, and companion size (designed for two adult humans cremation ashes)

  • Biodegradable Urns: For those who wish to return their loved one's ashes to nature, biodegradable urns offer an eco-friendly option. Made from natural materials such as paper, wood, or plant fibers, these urns gradually break down over time, allowing the ashes to return to the earth.

Materials Used in Cremation Urns:

Cremation urns are crafted from a variety of materials, each with its unique aesthetic and symbolism. Some common materials include:

  • Wood: Wooden urns provide warmth and natural beauty, making them a popular choice for many families. Because they are made with a naturally varying pattern they make a unique memorial, nearly as unique as your loved one. Common wood types used in urns include oak, walnut, cherry, and mahogany. They can be carved with personalizations and decorative accidents. The highest quality wooden urns are durable, which is evident in their weight and sturdy assembly.
  • Metal: Metal urns are constructed from materials such as brass, bronze, or stainless steel. Because of this, metal urns are know to offer the customer durability and elegance. Similarly to wooden urns, they can be intricately designed with engravings, patterns, or decorative accents.
  • Ceramic: Ceramic urns are lesser known for their durability and more known for their versatility. However, ceramics can be customized with colorful glazes, designs, or hand-painted motifs. 
  • Stone: Stone urns are crafted from materials like marble, granite, or onyx. These natural material evoke a sense of timeless elegance and stability. They are durable but offer less customization and versatility compared to other materials.

Customization Options:

Many families choose to personalize cremation urns to express meaningfulness and closure to their loss. Common customization options available for urns include:

  • Engravings: Personalized engravings can include the individual's name, dates of birth and passing, meaningful quotes, or symbols that represent their passions, beliefs or interests.

  • Photo Frames: Some urns feature built-in photo frames. Others have compartments where families can display a cherished photograph of their loved one.
  • Color and Finish: Families can choose from a variety of colors, finishes, and textures to complement their loved one's personality and style. This option will vary greatly depending on the material chosen
  • Additional Features: Depending on the urn's design, families may have the option to add decorative elements such as religious symbols, floral motifs, or engraved emblems. If you every have questions about other features you would like to have available you can contact John at 816-261-1322

Where to Purchase Cremation Urns:

When selecting a cremation urn, it's essential to choose a reputable and compassionate provider who understands your timeline, needs and preferences. Places where you can purchase cremation urns include:

  • Online Retailers: Many online retailers offer a wide selection of cremation urns, allowing families to browse and purchase from the comfort of their own homes. Websites like Amazon and Etsy provide a convenient platform to explore various styles, sizes, and customization options. We suggest taking careful consideration on where these urns are manufactured, so that you are not purchasing an urn that will likely break, be made from inferior materials, or be assembled poorly. 
  • Funeral Homes: Local funeral homes often have a selection of a limited variety of cremation urns. When working with a local funeral home they will typically offer personalized assistance from funeral directors who can guide you through the selection process.
  • Specialty Stores: Some specialty stores, such as memorial shops or religious gift shops, may carry a curated collection of cremation urns with unique designs and customization options. Be mindful that there may or may not be a specialty store near your location which could affect your ability to access this option. 

Cost of Cremation Urns:

The cost of cremation urns can vary widely depending on factors such as materials, size, design, and customization options. While basic urns may be more budget-friendly, more elaborate or personalized urns may come at a higher price point. It's essential to consider your budget and priorities when selecting an urn that best honors your loved one's memory.

As you continue looking for a cremation urn, remember to consider not only the practical aspects such as size and material but also, the emotional significance and symbolism behind each choice. Whether you opt for a classic wooden urn, a sleek metal design, or a custom-crafted masterpiece, the most important thing is that the urn you choose resonates with your heart and honors the memory of your loved one in a way that feels authentic and meaningful to you.

Blessings to you are yours as you continue walking down this path.