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Tips for choosing the right urn

Tips for choosing the right urn

There are lots of things to think about when organising a funeral, and if you’ve opted for cremation services, choosing an urn will be a key aspect of the process.

Here are some top tips for picking the right urn for your loved one.


Think about what you intend to do with the ashes. Are you planning on burying them or keeping them at home, for instance?

If you want a cremation urn that can be buried, you might wish to opt for a biodegradable one. On the other hand, if you want to keep the ashes safe and sound at home and on display even, look for a decorative style of urn that will last a long time. Urns are available in a wide range of materials, including different metals, glass, ceramic and stone, for example.

There are also lots of different styles and themes of urns, so consider the personality of your loved one when deciding which one is the best option. You can also get the urn engraved.

If you intend to scatter the person’s ashes somewhere, then a simple urn that can be easily transported may be all that you require.

Where the ashes are intended to be divided between family members, you might find a keepsake urn is a good option.


Standard cremation urns can hold around 3-4 kilos of ashes, which is more than enough for a single person. However, if you want an urn that can hold more than one person’s ashes or a family urn, you might need to look at getting a larger one. Smaller urns are also available for children and infants.

Some people add sentimental items to the urn, such as a lock of hair or jewellery, so factor this into the size if this is something you might be interested in.


Urns come with different price tags, so work out your budget before deciding which one to choose. Price might not be as important if you intend to scatter the ashes, but if you want to keep them in the urn, paying for an attractive container may be more of a priority.

Whether you opt for expensive or cheap funerals, choosing the right urn is key. Speak to our funeral directors Manchester experts for guidance on urns and all of the options available to you.