How to Choose a Cremation Urn

How to Choose a Cremation Urn

How to Choose a Cremation Urn

When a loved one passes away, it can be difficult finding the right cremation urn to honor their memory. Thankfully, a funeral urn company like Black Monument can help you find the perfect urn for cremation ashes. In this blog post, we will explain the steps to choosing an urn for your loved one. For more information, we recommend contacting a company that has urns for sale.

Final Resting Place

After cremation, ashes can be scattered, buried, or placed in a home or cremation niche. Depending on your loved one’s funeral wishes, you’ll need to pick an urn that is appropriate for their final resting place. For example, if your loved one wished for their ashes to be buried in a cemetery, you’ll need to pick out a suitable burial urn. Many of our customers prefer the look of granite or marble urns because they suggest permanence. However, almost any type of urn can be placed in an urn vault before burial.

If you wish to display the urn in your home, you’ll want to thoughtfully choose a style urn that reflects the personality of the deceased. Urns can also be placed in cremation niches. A cremation niche is a designated spot in a mausoleum that holds many urns. Whether your loved one wants their ashes scattered in a place meaningful to them or placed in a permanent cemetery memorial, you’ll need to pick an urn that complements their final resting place.


You’ll need to pick an urn that is the right size for the person being cremated. Most cremation urns for adults are able to accommodate the ashes of a person up to 220 pounds. If you plan on dividing cremation ashes among several people, you’ll want to look at small urns or keepsake urns. In general, urns for human ashes need 1 cubic inch of space for every pound prior to cremation. For example, a person weighing 130 pounds before cremation would need a funeral urn with a capacity of at least 130 cubic inches.

If you plan on placing the urn in a cremation niche, you’ll need to check with the cemetery to learn the dimensions of the niche. Since the urn has to fit inside the cremation niche, you’ll need to make sure the height, width, and diameter are suitable for the final resting place.


The best way to honor the memory of your loved one is to personalize their urn. A cemetery memorial company can engrave the name of your loved one or even include artwork. Think of your loved one’s hobbies, interests, and what mattered to them the most in life.

For example, if they appreciated nature, you may want a flower engraved on the urn. Another way to personalize an urn is to choose a material and color that suits your loved one. Also, many of the customers we work with prefer the look of natural stone like marble and granite.

Black Monument is a Grand Rapids cemetery memorial company that is dedicated to helping families after the death of a loved one. If you are interested in learning more about our cremation urns for ashes, give us a call at (616) 452-7802.

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