The growing movement of sharing end-of-life wishes with loved ones has seen some updates to traditional cremation elements such as memorial urns. For a long time, it was easy to imagine a brass-colored or porcelain urn sitting high on a mantle.
However, there are many options available, depending on the type of memorial or celebration of life you or a loved one has in mind. After cremation, a memorial “at sea” has become a popular way for families to say “Bon voyage” to a dear one.
You may have seen Himalayan salt rock lamps at a friend’s house. Himalayan salt is a mineral with a pinkish hue that offers a pleasant glow next to a bulb. It is also widely believed that Himalayan rock salt has some healing properties for the human body.
Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium offers an all-natural Himalayan rock salt urn as part of a collection of more than 100 cremation receptacle options. The hand-carved urn is designed to disintegrate within four hours of being placed in water, making it an option for those who choose to have a memorial for a loved one at the ocean or at sea.
Something important to keep in mind: Placing cremated remains or cremains into the ocean is a process that can be done only in international waters, which likely would require chartering a boat in order to do so. This may not be an option for everyone.
If you or a loved one is interested in cremation containers that are on the “green,” or Earth-friendly side, there are other options. You may consider:
- Urns that are made from recycled paper
- Urns designed from cornstarch that will break down once buried
- Urns made from natural, woven fibers
- Urns made from repurposed wood
- Bio urns with a removable lid to ease of scattering of the remains
These options are designed to break down easily in the environment or when buried. However, they are also designed to be kept for as long as you wish, and they can generally be engraved with some personal information about the deceased.
If the plan is to keep the cremated remains at home forever or a long period of time, there are many contemporary designs now available that can complement the decor of your home. We’ve even seen families work with an artist to design a one-of-a-kind urn that also functions as a unique piece of artwork.
Some of the other options for materials and designs for memorial urns include:
- Companion urns: These urns are specifically designed to hold the cremated remains of two individuals, typically spouses. They are available in a variety or shapes, styles and materials, such as bronze and marble
- Veteran urns: For those who have served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard, urns are available with one of those respected symbols of the armed service available on the urn itself.
- Ceramic and glass urns: Previously thought of as “stuffy” or “old-fashioned,” there are actually some beautiful, hand-blown glass options for memorial urns that would be very fitting in a contemporary setting. Because of the materials they are made from, these urns are on the delicate side.
- Wood and bronze urns: These can fall into the category of “more traditional” memorial urns, but artisans have been constructing some interesting and appealing styles and shapes of urns as of late that have proven to be popular choices.
The important thing to remember is that a memorial urn is designed to be a respectful holding place for the remains of a loved one.
Cremation Containers – More Options, More Creative & More Personalized