How to choose a funeral urn.

With thousands of urns and plenty of options to choose from, one might wonder where to start in determining the best funeral urn for you or your loved ones.

Here are some practical tips to guide you through the selection process.



I) Choose its use

The main purpose of a cremation urn is quite simply to keep the ashes of the deceased. But what to do once it is filled with the ashes of your loved one? The answer to this question will determine the type of ballot box you need. To guide you in your choice, here are different uses:


a) Keep the funeral urn at home.

Displaying a cremation urn in a prominent place in your home is one way of showing honor and respect towards your loved one. Keeping the urn at home is a practical way to preserve the memories of the deceased, and many families find solace in the physical presence of the ashes. Attention, in France, the law prohibits keeping the ballot boxes of a human being at home. This is possible for an animal.

b) Diffusion of ashes.

The urns with a lid are designed to easily release the ashes. After the ashes have been distributed, the family can place souvenirs or flowers inside the urn to immortalize the loved one.

c) Biodegradable urns.

Made from organic and recycled materials, they are designed to degrade naturally when water is introduced. They are made to be thrown into the sea, a lake or an ocean. These. Urns are completely soluble in water. Another type of biodegradable urn is designed to be buried in the earth and will degrade in the earth. There is also theBIOS urn which turns the ashes into a tree.

d) Columbarium.

Size is the most important factor in choosing an urn for a columbarium niche. Check the dimensions (height, width and depth) of the niche and choose an urn that will fit within this space.

e) Sharing of ashes among family members.

Some families may take some of the ashes and divide them into several keepsake urns. Many people find comfort in their grief by keeping the ashes of their loved one close to their hearts, and by using keepsake urns or jewelry or sharing urns.


II) Choose the size of the urn.


After determining the type offuneral urn, the next step is to determine the volume of the urn. The volume of a cremation urn is measured in liters this represents the amount of space inside the urn.

A body weighing 70 kg after cremation will have an ash volume of approximately 3 liters.

A 10 kg animal will represent a volume of ash of about 0.5l.

You will therefore have to choose the ballot box accordingly. If you are not sure which size to choose, we recommend that you choose the larger size cremation urn.



Frequently Asked Questions:


Transfer of the ashes to an urn.

How to move the ashes in a cremation urn when you receive the cremation ashes from the crematorium?

The ashes will be in a "temporary" cremation urn, a kind of plastic bag. The bag is designed to protect the ashes from spilling out and resist other potential hazards like water. The bag also makes it easy to transfer the ashes from one urn to another. If you do not wish to transfer the ashes yourself, you can take the urns to the local funeral ashes or to the crematorium. Funeral professionals are accustomed to such requests and are always happy to help.


Can I put my temporary cremation bag inside another urn?

We are often asked if it is possible to place a temporary cremation urn inside our urns. Most urns do not have a large enough opening or the internal space is not large enough to accommodate another urn, and temporary urns are not designed to fit inside another. urn. Instead, we recommend that you transfer the plastic bag of ashes into the temporary urn of the new urn. Again, if you are uncomfortable transferring it yourself, you can bring the temporary urn along with the urn to your local funeral home for help.