La Porte, IN cremation

How to Choose an Urn

Cremation is a great option for many people who have lost a loved one. Not only is it more affordable than a traditional burial, but it can also offer a more environmentally-friendly choice. If you have opted for cremation, you may be considering to place the cremated remains in an urn. There are many urn options, however, so it can be a good idea to know what to look for before you make a purchase. Cremation providers can offer some suggestions to make this easier.   

The urn you choose has to be appropriate for the use you intend to get from it. Some urns are made especially for display. These are more elaborate options, with carvings and engravings and many other choices, while others are meant just to carry the cremated remains to the location where they will be scattered. Others do not even look like urns but are instead called keepsake urns. They can be pieces of jewelry that have compartments in which you can store ashes, or they can even be picture frames that have space to place some ashes. There are also urns that are made especially for water burials. These are made of biodegradable materials that will not remain in the water but will instead break down. Depending on what you want to do with the urn, one option may be better than another.   

You want to keep in mind the kind of budget you have for the urn. Depending on the materials, size, and other factors, prices will vary. Do some research on the average costs of the styles you are looking for so that you can have an accurate idea of what to expect. This will also allow you to compare rates from funeral homes and cremation providers or even third party urn providers. Once you have an idea of what you want to spend, you can start making the purchase.   

Consider the size of the urn, as well. Most people think that urns come in one size, but there are actually different ones you can choose from. People who weighed more than 200 pounds will need to have a larger urn than the standard ones, while children and infants can be placed in urns made especially for their size. This can have an impact on price, of course, so it is an important aspect to consider to avoid any surprises.   

You have to take into consideration all of these factors if you want to purchase the right urn for your loved one. By keeping in mind the use of the urn as well as the size you need and the budget you want to stick to, you can be sure that you will buy the exact option you want.  Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center can be the right people to help you make this decision. Visit them at 2900 Monroe St La Porte, IN 46350 or give them a call at (219) 362-2828.