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The Different Kinds of Urns to Choose From September 20, 2017

It might not be a choice we want to make, but during a time of grieving, we still need to make decisions that determine how to best honor our departed loved ones. With the increasing popularity of cremation as an alternative to burial, one decision to be made is the type of urn that will hold the ashes of your loved one. There are many factors to take into consideration when making a selection. You want something that is representative of your loved one’s tastes, and that will shine proudly atop your mantel. There are also cost considerations to take into account. As much as we might want to build a giant pyramid to pay tribute, most people have budgetary restraints that permit tasteful modesty. Fortunately, there is a wide variety of styles to choose from, so that every person can find an urn that is suitable to their situation. There are many kinds of urns. Here are some of the styles to choose from:

Cast bronze

This classic, distinguished style is a good way to represent a personality that was serious and dignified. These urns can be a bit heavier and also a bit more labor intensive, depending on how elaborate the design.


Marble urns can be a good way to pay tribute to the kind of person who was both artistic and cultured. These urns often have a shiny finish and can be something of an eye-catcher when placed atop a mantel.


Whether made from cherry, oak, or maple, the hardwood urn can do well to honor a loved one who was of the no-nonsense variety. A person who lived an understated life, focusing on their family and their labor, is the kind that could be represented well by a hardwood urn.

Keepsake urns

Keepsake urns are small vessels meant to hold a portion of the loved one’s ashes, allowing family members to each take home a portion. These kinds of urns can be incorporated into jewelry.


This type of urn can be a good way to pay tribute to an artisan or crafter. They are fragile, however, so if this is the type you choose, you’ll want to be sure to keep it in a place where it won’t be at risk of being knocked over.

If you are preparing for a cremation, be sure to get in touch with an experienced industry professional. In the Marysville area, the experts to contact are at Funeral Alternatives of Snohomish County at 1-888-381-6993. Let Funeral Alternatives help you make your difficult time a little bit easier.

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Written By Brian Corey

Published By MORBiZ