Unlike traditional urns which are generally sized to contain all of your loved one’s cremated remains, keepsake urns are significantly smaller. This makes them perfect for times when you want to keep a small portion of the ashes as a memento and use the rest for another purpose.
If you plan to scatter the ashes, for example, a keepsake urn allows you to keep a bit for yourself. This works when the bulk of the deceased’s ashes will be buried in a family plot, an urn garden, or interred in a columbarium as well. These miniature urns allow you to honor your departed’s wishes while still retaining a bit of their ashes to keep them close to you.
Keepsake urns are also called sharing urns because they’re often used when multiple people want a portion of their loved one’s ashes. The smaller size allows everyone to create a lovely keepsake that will brighten their home with the memory of the departed.
Alternate Uses For Keepsake Urns
Keepsake urns can also be used as an accompaniment to a traditional vessel. You can place the cremated remains in a standard urn and then use miniature urns to hold other small, meaningful objects such as a lock of hair, dried flowers from the funeral, or a scrap of fabric from a favorite tie, dress or other item.
If a portion of the cremains were buried, you could fill a keepsake urn with some dirt from the gravesite. The small size of these miniature urns allows you more flexibility in the way you choose to honor the deceased. You can create the perfect memorial that captures everything that made your loved one special.
If the deceased is an infant or small child, a larger keepsake urn can be used in place of a traditional urn. The smaller urns better accommodate the reduced volume of cremains.
Keepsake Urns Come in a Range of Sizes and Styles
Just like traditional urns, keepsake urns are made to suit every taste. We offer a wide variety of styles and sizes in materials such as metal, wood, glass, ceramic, and cultured. No matter where your loved one’s cremains ultimately rest, you’ll find a keepsake urn to complement the location.
The most common sizes of keepsake urns hold between 1 and 3 cubic inches of cremains. This is roughly equivalent to 1 to 3 tablespoons. There are larger keepsake urns as well, depending on your needs. Some can hold up to ten times as much material as the smaller styles. When purchasing a keepsake urn, be sure to allow enough room to hold the amount of cremains you plan to place inside.
Choosing an urn is a very personal decision. Take all the time you need to choose just the right one. Whether you opt for a keepsake urn or a more traditional vessel, let it touch your heart so you know that your loved one would be pleased with your selection.
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