Planning a Memorial Service

Design Considerations For Choosing An Urn That You'll Keep In Your Home

by Wade Watkins

Should you be in the process of selecting an urn to buy for the purpose of holding a deceased family members remains, there are several things to think about if you plan to keep the urn in your home. You'll likely be focused on the appearance of the urn; some people like ceramic vase-style urns, while others favor wooden boxes. While there's no disputing that the look of the urn is important, don't forget to also give some thought to its design. Here are three different considerations that you might not yet have thought about, but that you should.

Center Of Gravity 

You should always think about the center of gravity when you buy an urn. While it's true that once the remains are inside it, its base should be heavier than its top half, some urns are simply better designed than others. You generally want to choose one that has a lower center of gravity — that is, its lower half is wider and heavier than its upper half. Should the urn be designed in the opposite manner, it could be unstable. You'll likely want to dust the urn itself and the shelf beneath it when you're cleaning your home, and an urn with a high center of gravity it more apt to tip.

Evidence Of Purpose

Some cremation urns look like other decorations that you might keep around your home, while others are evidently very special. While you might like the idea of the urn fitting in, there's merit in choosing one that has a very evident purpose — in other words, anyone who is moderately informed about cremation will know that he or she is looking at an urn filled with the remains of a family member. This can save the uncomfortable encounter of a house guest perhaps taking the urn down from your shelf because he or she likes the look of it and wants to view it more closely.

Access To The Remains

Some urns are designed so that you can easily access the remains inside. For example, you only need to lift off a lid. For others, the design makes it more difficult to see inside. You may need to unscrew or even pry off a lid. While different people can appreciate different approaches to this topic, you'll need to think about how you want to proceed. If you're someone who wants the remains close but never expects to want to look at them, the latter urn design may suit you better, for example.

Contact a company like Danks-Hinski Funeral Home for more information and assistance.