How to Open an Urn

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There are several reasons why you may need to know how to open an urn.

Maybe your family is wanting to use a different urn for your loved one’s ashes. Or perhaps you are hoping to scatter the cremated remains, or share them among family members. Or maybe, you just want to know how to open an urn, just to know how!

Whatever the case may be, opening an urn is not as complicated as you may think, so let’s take a close look at how with a little help from my friends at Urns Northwest.

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Flying with Ashes: Can You Take Ashes on a Plane?

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If you’re flying with a loved one’s cremated remains, there are many questions to address. Can you bring ashes on a plane in the first place?

Like most people, you’ve probably never boarded a plane with a cremation urn before. Naturally, you have a lot of questions regarding rules, airline regulations, and what TSA (Transportation Security Administration) will and will not allow.

As every airline is different, we’re going to equip you with a general (but very helpful!) guide to flying with cremated remains. We’ll also provide up-to-date information straight from the most popular airlines.

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24 Beautiful Cremation Urns for Human Ashes

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Urns for human ashes are designed to hold the cremated remains of an individual adult.

But it’s more than a cremation box that holds a plastic bag of ashes… It’s a memorial, a tribute, a final resting place; it’s a beautiful way to celebrate the memory of a beloved family member.

There are so many options out there, so we’re here to help you find the right cremation urn for your loved one.

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40 Biodegradable Urns for Water Burial & Sea Scattering

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Did you know that there are biodegradable urns designed to make a water burial ceremony or sea scattering beautiful, memorable, and easy?

There are few things more important in life than knowing and communicating what we want after our passing. This is especially true if you plan for your final disposition to be something other than the traditional casket burial at a cemetery. For instance, cremation with a water burial or scattering at sea.

Having carefully laid out our plans and communicating them to our loved ones is such a sign of love and self-respect. Once they know your final hopes for disposition, that burden can be lifted off of them.

When it comes time to get specific, well, some of us get really specific! For those of you who are desiring a water burial or scattering at sea or in a marine environment, our cremation urn experts have done the research for you. 

Or perhaps your loved one left instructions, stating their desire for a water burial? In which case we have many options that we are sure they approve of.

Please note that the biodegradable urns for ashes below will work for almost any body of water, including the ocean, lakes, or even large ponds and rivers.

When scattering into smaller creeks, we would recommend using a traditional scattering urn (for pouring out the ashes), not a biodegradable water urn.

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Purple Urns: 35 Most Beautiful Purple Cremation Urns 

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Today we’re going to show you the 35 most beautiful, purple cremation urns.

The color purple has always carried special significance throughout history. Purple has long been seen as a sign of wealth, royalty, mystery, and majesty; but darker shades of purple are also associated with loss, mourning and sadness.

Some cultures even reserve this color solely for mourning the loss of a spouse, and it is seen as irreverent to wear it outside of such solemn and meaningful occasions.

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30 Best Hummingbird Urns, Jewelry & Memorials

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Today we have put together a list of the 30 best hummingbird urns and hummingbird memorial items on the internet.

Within mourning culture, hummingbirds have long been seen as a sign from heaven to those who are in grief. They are messengers of sorts, to let those left behind know that their loved one is happy and wants them to be comforted and happy, too.

Because of this, hummingbirds have become a popular choice for the adornment of urns and memorial keepsakes. Their beauty and deep symbolism make them perfectly suited not only for urns, but also jewelry, paintings, ornaments and many other tokens which are kept for remembrance items.

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Using a Temporary Urn: Transferring Cremated Remains

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You have your loved one’s cremated remains inside something called a “temporary urn.” What should you do?

Most likely you’ve never had the responsibility before of disposing a loved one’s cremated remains.

After all, this isn’t something you do every day.

You probably have questions. Specifically: What do you do with that temporary urn received from the funeral home?

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15+ Beautiful Sailboat Urns & Sailing Memorials

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A sailing cremation urn is a lovely way to honor your loved one’s personality and interests.

Sailing is a fun, exhilarating and yet relaxing pastime. When on a sailboat, the thrill of the high seas is combined with the relaxation of a day in the sun with the soothing sounds of the ocean in your ears.

Sailing can be both a family and an individual activity, has health benefits relating to physical fitness and mental acuity, and can be surprisingly inexpensive in comparison to many other hobbies.

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