Discovering the Perfect Cremation Urn for Adults
May 24, 2024

Discovering the Perfect Cremation Urn for Adults

Choosing the perfect cremation urn to honor the memory of your loved one is a significant decision. Here at Abiding Love Memorial Urns we want you to be secure in the decision you make with your urn purchase. We understand that when searching for cremation urns online you might have realized there are many urns and this search can be quite overwhelming. There are biodegradable urns, keepsake urns, wooden, metal, urns for pets, and the list goes on. We will explore the process of selecting a cremation urn tailored specifically for adults, covering various types, materials, customization options, and considerations to make. 

What does 'Adult Urn' mean?

In order for you to find the urn you need for an adult loved one it helps to understand the purpose, sizing, and function for the urn you need and want. 

  1. Purpose: The purpose of an adult urn is to honor the memory of the person who will be placed in the urn. We highly encourage you and your family to carefully consider the personality, characteristics, beliefs, and values of your loved one. Missing an opportunity to properly memorialize someone can end in some regret and disappointment. 

  2. Sizing: A proper adult urn should be designed to hold enough ashes that a family will receive after the cremation. We have another post explaining urn sizing here. Some aspects to keep in mind for urn sizing include height, weight and gender of the individual to be placed in the urn.

  3. Function: The function of the urn you are looking for with vary depending on several factors. Consider these question: Will the urn be needed for a funeral service or celebration of life ceremony? Will ashes be divided among many family members? Will the urn be in someone's home, buried, or placed in a niche or columbarium? 

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:

  1. Wood: Wooden urns exude warmth and natural beauty, making them a popular choice for many families. Common wood types used in urns include oak, walnut, cherry, and mahogany. These can be customized with epitaphs, bible verses, and meaningful symbols. Here at Abiding Love Memorial Urns we have over 35 years of experience with woodworking. This experience yields the highest quality, durability, and customer satisfaction. See our full list of products here.

  1. Metal: Other providers offer metal urns, such as brass, bronze, or stainless steel, offer durability and elegance. They can be intricately designed with engravings, patterns, or decorative accents. Be sure to find a reputable provider to ensure high quality and durability. 

  2. Ceramic: Ceramic urns are known for their versatility and ability to be customized with colorful glazes, designs, or hand-painted motifs. However, they do run an inherent risk of fragility. 

  3. Stone: Stone urns, crafted from materials like marble, granite, or onyx, evoke a sense of timeless elegance and permanence. These can be durable but more expensive to customize from other materials.

Customization Options:

Many families choose to personalize cremation urns. Some common customization options include:

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

  • Photo Frames or Compartments: Some urns on the market feature built-in photo frames where families can display a cherished photograph of their loved one. Compartments can contain treasured and meaningful items or heirlooms to serve as a tangible reminder of the person. 

  • Color and Design: Families can choose from a variety of colors, finishes, and designs dependent on the materials chosen. These can help complement your loved one's personality and style.

More Considerations for Sizing:

Selecting the right-sized urn is crucial to ensure the cremated remains are securely held and to create a dignified resting place for your loved one. Factors to consider include:

  • Ash Volume: The amount of ashes generated during cremation can vary, so it's essential to consult with the the crematorium, or funeral director to determine the precise volume of ashes you will receive.

  • Height and Weight: Consider the height and weight of your loved one when selecting an urn. Height and weight charts can provide helpful guidance in determining the appropriate size.

You can also read out article about urn sizing here.

Choosing the perfect cremation urn for an adult is a deeply personal and meaningful process. By exploring the various factors, materials, customization options, and considerations outlined in this guide, you can find an urn that beautifully honors your loved one's memory and provides a lasting tribute to their life and legacy.