When a loved one passes away, you’re left with many choices to make, from the funeral home to the memorial service details. If the deceased requested cremation, you’ll also be tasked with finding a low-cost service and selecting the disposition urn. If you’re a Brooklyn, NY, resident, Tri State Direct Cremation can help. Their team provides a brief explanation of urns and what choices you have.
What to Know About Cremation Urns
What Is an Urn?
In its broadest definition, an urn is the container used to hold the remains of a lost loved one. This vessel can be a box, vase, capsule, or any other repository the family chooses. What started as a tradition in historical eras using natural methods has since grown to be a popular funeral choice.
The History of Urns
Archaeological evidence and cave paintings point to the use of cremation as early as the Stone Age, approximately 3000 B.C. As history progressed, the use of urns spread throughout Europe, apparent through the use of decorative pottery and vases that housed remains.
By the time the Roman Empire grew to prominence, cremation was the primary form of disposition. Urns became very elaborate, made with intricate art and new materials. The higher class the deceased, the more complex and beautiful the urn was. In 400 A.D., however, Constantine rose to power and used his religious beliefs to shift the primary disposition method to burial. It wasn’t until about a century ago that cremation returned as the preferred technique of families.
Today’s urns come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. For example, keepsake urns are extremely small and are common for families that are spread apart or have many members who wish to keep a portion of the ashes. Other urns are made from ceramic, porcelain, or marble and are meant to be displayed as an honor to the deceased. Metal urns made from bronze and brass continue to be the most popular and affordable choice for families.
Those who plan on spreading or burying the ashes of the loved one who passed away have the unique option of biodegradable urns. This choice is perfect for ocean, lake, or outdoor burials. The vessels can even be embedded with seeds that will sprout if planted.
Families today have a large selection of cremation urns to choose from. Tri State Direct Cremation has the industry experience and compassionate staff to guide you to the appropriate choice for your loved one. If you aren’t sure where to start, they are happy to provide a free consultation — all you have to do is call (347) 470-1515 or visit their website to get started.