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Cremation Urn Wood Types – Cherry

The rich reddish-brown tones of cherry wood, which darken with time and exposure to light, have made cherry a popular and beautiful wood choice for finely crafted furniture products for centuries. The enduring popularity of cherry wood comes from the vibrant red coloring and simple, straight, and elegant lines of the wood grain. A moderate hardwood with great strength while still remaining very lightweight, the lush beauty of cherry wood makes our Designer Cherry Urn a perennial favorite.
Designer Cherry Urn Designer Cherry Urn

Browse all of our cherry wood urns here.

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Cultured Marble Urns

Sale on Cultured Marble Urns

Our newest cremation urns in our ever-expanding selection are these gorgeous funeral urns made from deeply-hued cultured marble. And of course we’ve put them on sale (for a limited time) at 20% off.

Black Marble Urn for Ashes

The lines of the urns are simple and elegant, showcasing the natural cloudy hues of the cultured marble. In your choice of Black, Charcoal Gray, Navy Blue, Timberline Green, a deep Merlot, Orchid, Sand-Tone, and White, t hese urns are the finest quality cultured marble urn in the market today. A noble and lasting memorial to your loved one.

Bottom opening accessed by threaded stopper, as shown here:Cultured Marble Cremation Urn | Bottom Opening Detail

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Cremation Urn Types and Varieties

Adult Urn – A container which holds the cremated remains of one adult, typically sized at the industry standard of 200 cubic inches or larger. Also known as a standard sized urn.

Child Urn – A container which holds the cremated remains of a child or infant. Usually synonymous with infant urn. Sizes vary, but are normally smaller than 100 cubic inches.

Companion Urn – A container which holds the cremated remains of two adults, typically sized at the industry standard of 400 cubic inches or larger.

Infant Urn – A container which holds the cremated remains of an infant. Often synonymous with child urn. Sizes vary, but are normally smaller than 100 cubic inches.

Keepsake Urn – A container meant to hold a small amount of cremains, ranging from as little as 1 cubic inch on up. Keepsake urns are used in a variety of ways: as a way to divide the remains among family members; as a keepsake memorial for when the ashes are scattered, buried, or deposited in a niche; to keep at one’s bedside when the standard-sized urn is kept on the fireplace mantle. 

Pet Urn – A container which holds the cremated remains of an animal. Sizes vary depending on the animal for which the urn is intended.

Scattering Urn – A container that is either biodegradable for water disposition or with an easy-opening top or bottom for casting the remains out into nature.

Standard Urn – An adult urn (see above).

Temporary Urn – The container which holds the cremated remains when returned to the relatives of deceased by the crematorium. Usually a cheap but sturdy plastic or cardboard material, the cremains are held in a durable plastic bag within the temporary urn until buried or transferred to a permanent urn. At Urns Northwest, we offer a selection of wood urns that will hold (or can be special ordered to hold) a temporary urn.

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Cremation and Funeral Terms

When a loved one dies, you suddenly find yourself making all sorts of difficult decisions about things you’ve never given a second thought – cremation or burial? Bury the urn or display it at home? If you bury, do you need an urn vault? What is an urn vault? Is it the same as a mausoleum niche?  

Here is a helpful glossary of cremation terms slightly expanded from the California Cemetery and Funeral Bureau’s Consumer Guide to Funeral and Cemetery Purchases:  

Casket/Coffin – A box or chest for burying human remains.

Cemetery Property – A grave, crypt, or niche.

Cemetery Services – Opening and closing graves, crypts, or niches; setting grave liners and vaults; setting markers; and long-term maintenance of cemetery grounds and facilities.

Columbarium – A structure with niches (small spaces) for placement of cremated remains in urns or other approved containers. It may be outdoors or part of a mausoleum.

Cremains – The resulting bone fragments – ‘cremated remains’ – resulting from the cremation process.

Cremation – Exposing human remains and the container holding them to extreme heat and flame and processing the resulting bone fragments to a uniform size and consistency.

Crypt – A space in a mausoleum or other building to hold cremated or whole human remains.

Disposition – The placement of cremated or whole human remains in their final resting place. A Permit for Disposition must be filed with the local registrar before disposition can take place.

Endowment Care Fund – Money collected from cemetery property purchasers and placed in trust for the maintenance and upkeep of the cemetery. The State monitors the fund and establishes the minimum amount that must be collected. However, the cemetery is permitted to collect more than the minimum to build the fund. Only the interest earned by such funds may be used for the care, maintenance, and embellishment of the cemetery.

Entombment – Burial in a mausoleum.

Funeral Ceremony – A service commemorating the deceased with the body present.

Funeral Services – Services provided by a funeral director and staff, which may include consulting with the family on funeral planning; transportation, shelter, refrigeration, and embalming of remains; preparing and filing notices; obtaining authorizations and permits; and coordinating with the cemetery, crematory, or other third parties.

Funeral Society – See Memorial Society, below.

Grave – A space in the ground in a cemetery for the burial of human remains.

Grave Liner or Outer Container – A concrete cover that fits over a casket in a grave. Some liners cover tops and sides of the casket. Other liners (vaults, see below) completely enclose the casket. Grave liners minimize ground settling on the cemetery grounds.

Graveside Service – A service to commemorate the deceased held at the cemetery prior to burial.

Interment – Burial in the ground, inurnment, or entombment.

Inurnment – The placing of cremated remains in an urn.

Mausoleum – A building in which human remains are buried (entombed).

Memorial Service – A ceremony commemorating the deceased without the body present.

Memorial Society – A consumer organization that provides information about funerals and disposition but is not part of the State-regulated funeral industry. May also be called a funeral consumer alliance.

Niche – A space in a columbarium, mausoleum, or niche wall to hold an urn.

Urn – A container to hold cremated human remains. It can be placed in a columbarium or mausoleum, or it can be buried in the ground.

Urn Vault – A grave liner that completely encloses an urn.

Vault – A grave liner that completely encloses a casket.

Water Disposition – The scattering of cremated human remains into the sea. A Permit for Disposition must be filed with the local registrar before disposition can take place.

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What Size Urn Do I Need? Urn Sizes and Standards

How Many Cubic Inches?

The amount of ashes, or “cremains”, that each urn holds is measured in cubic inches. The industry standard is approximately 1 pound of healthy weight to 1 cubic inch of cremains; that is, a 180lb person will require roughly 180 cubic inches.

Most adult cremation urns will hold 200 cubic inches at a minimum, and some hold more. We list the cubic inches that each urn will hold in the product description for each of our products.

For a larger individual, the measurements can be a little tricky. The “cremains” are composed of the bone matter that remains after the cremation process. This means that regardless of a person’s actual weight, the cremains should be around the same amount as the average person of the same height.

Here is a handy chart to help you figure weight based on height.

Of course, there are variations in bone density and structure, so for a larger individual, it is wise to err on the side of more cubic inches. Often, families will choose a companion urn, which usually hold 400 cubic inches.

Companion Urns

Some couples choose a companion urn as a way to signify their inseparability. These urns typically will hold 400 or more cubic inches, and can often be made with or without separate compartments inside. If a divider is chosen, then both sides will be roughly 200 cubic inches. Again, be sure to see the dimensions on each product page, and use the same calculations as above to determine if the urn will be suitable.

Keepsake Urns

Keepsakes urns vary widely in size; some hold as little as 1 cubic inch of cremains, while others hold up to 100 cubic inches. Choose your keepsake urn carefully depending on its inteded usage. If you would like to divide the cremains among several relatives, it is usually best to get several 50+ cubic inch keepsake urns.

What If I’m Still Unsure?

If you’re still not sure how to figure out what type of funeral urn you need, or if a particular urn will be suitable, please contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you. Keep in mind that quite a few of our urns can be customized to suit your needs!

Kilograms = Cubic Inches

Pounds= Cubic Inches

If you have the cremains already, the calculation is approximately 14.44 cubic inches per cup
Cups of cremains = Cubic Inches
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Specialty Cremation Urns

Cremation urns are both functional and decorative. Most people prefer a traditional, standard urn shape and construction, in a box or vase shape to hold the cremains, with minor customization on the exterior such as a butterfly design and an engraved inscription. This makes for a simple and functional urn with enough decoration to be attractive without being outlanding.

Others, however, prefer to honor their loved one with a fitting memorial that is unique in shape and design so as to reflect the unique personality of the departed. At Urns Northwest, we have a variety of these specialty cremation urns.

Cowboy Boot Urn | Specialty Urns Cowboy Boots Urn – $499.00
Golf Urn | Golfer Urn | Golf Bag Urn Golf Bag Urn – $599.00
Camouflage Urn for Ashes Camouflage Urn – $189.00
Duck Cremation Urn | Duck Urn Mallard Duck Urn – $499.00
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Urn Words, Terms, and Synonyms: The Confusing Language of Cremation Urns

If you’re searching on the internet for an urn, chances are that you will see products with all sorts of descriptions that will make you wonder if you’re searching for the right thing. Terms like:

Cremation Urns
Funeral Urns
Burial Urns
Crematorium Urns
Funerary Urns
Cemetery Urns
Urns for Ashes
Urn Box
Urn Container

The simple answer is that all of these terms are describing the same sort of product: a container, whether it is a box or vase, whether it is made from wood, ceramic clay, bronze, porcelain, stone, marble, etc., intended to hold the cremated remains (the official term is “cremains”) of a deceased individual.

In other words, all those terms mean “urn”.

At Urns Northwest, we use many of these terms to describe our urns not to confuse, but to help you find what you’re looking for. If you search for “funeral urns“, we’ll try to use that phrase in our description of our “cremation urns” to let you know that you’re on the right track, even though we use a different name to describe the urns. If you search for an “urn box”, we want you to know that the “funeral urn” you’re looking at is the same thing.

If you have any questions about the details of our urns, please don’t hesitate to contact us, and we’ll do our best to answer your questions via phone or email and help you find what you’re looking for.

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Concerning Pet Cremation Urns

Did you know…

– You can have your pet’s photo laser engraved on a wooden pet urn. This is our most popular pet urn.

– Water disposition (i.e., water scattering) using eco-friendly and biodegradable pet urns is on the rise as an affordable and eath-conscious way of saying goodbye to a beloved pet.

Cat Cremation Urn - Bronze– The most-viewed pet urn at Urns Northwest is this Bronze Cat Cremation Urn, which is cold-cast in a lovely bronze, and also available in black polymer and white porcelain. This cat urn features a lovely name tag which can be personalized with the kitty’s name and dates. Our second-most popular pet urn, and by far the most popular for cats.

– Most full-size urns are available in smaller sizes for pets. If you find an interesting standard-sized urn that you would like for your pet, just ask.

– Pets are wonderful.

– You can have an custom-made, hand-spun ceramic pet urn made by a ceramic artist for a unique memorial to your pet. Here’s one example for a dog. Here’s another for a cat.

– Pet urns with a photo frame for your pet’s picture are available in cherry, rosewood, or oak woods.

– Keepsake jewelry to keep a small portion of your pet’s ashes close to your heart is incredibly popular. These come in many varieties.

Engraved Photo Pet Urn
Pet Cremation Urn with Engraved Photo
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New Companion Urns | Double Urns

All our new wood urns mentioned here are available as companion urns.

Our wooden companion urns can be designed with or without an interior divider. This option allows the couple to choose to have their remains co-mingled inside the urn as a symbol of their unity in life and in death, or, alternately, to keep their ashes separated to represent their individuality while still being united forever in a beautiful wood companion urn as a token of the depth of their love.

And while we’ve long offered the Bible Companion Urn with Doves, as well as the standard-sized Bible Urn with Cross, we recently added the same cross book urn in companion or double urn size:

Check our retail urn website,, to see new products. Simply access the home page and scroll down beneath the “featured products” to see the newest cremation urns added to our store.
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New Wood Urns

A roundup of new wooden urns at Urns Northwest:

New Maple Wood Urns with Engraved Scene

Music Urn
New Wood Urn Series

These wood cremation urns feature finely engraved scenes in a walnut frame on the top of the urn. The white maple, when engraved, results in a stunningly contrasted design against the light grain of the natural hardwood urn box. These wooden urns can also be built with a hinged lid and a 3/4″ deep memory chest area on the top of the urn, perfect for letters, photos, jewelry, or other small memorabilia items.

Scenes in this series include the above pictured Wood Urn with Music Scene, as well as:

New Wood Companion Urns
We’ve expanded our companion urn selection to include several of our standard urns that can now be made in the companion or double urn size, usually holding about 400 cubic inches of cremains to accomodate the remains of two individuals.

New Dimensional Inlay Wood Urns

Wood Urn with Horse Scene
Horse Riding Home Wood Urn

New to our Dimensional Inlay Series of wood urns are two twists on the classic Road Home scene. Pictured above is our Horse Scene Road Home Urn, in oak, featuring a cowboy on his horse for that final ride home, and below is the same scene with a motorcyclist, pictured in walnut. The entire series of wood urns can be made in your choice of oak or walnut hardwoods.