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Memorial Service Keepsakes: Pewter Pocket Charms

A memorial service is a time to remember, to share stories of fun and laughter and of tough times endured and gracious acts of love, all of which will be treasured in the hearts and minds of those who gather together to honor the life of a loved one.

Our minds store our memories in long- and short-term; and many people find that a particular location or object aids the retention of a memory into our long-term memory. That is why we offer keepsakes for memorial service, such as our Angel Pocket Charm. These sorts of items can be passed out to all who attend a service, not only as a token of appreciation for attending the service, but also as a mnemonic device for remembering the departed loved one. Continue reading Memorial Service Keepsakes: Pewter Pocket Charms

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A Simple and Affordable Photo Memorial

We offer a beautiful ceramic Photo Memorial Tile that will be sure to warm the hearts of your entire family.  Made by hand in the USA, and measuring 4″ x 4″ or 6″ x 6″, we will permanently affix a photograph of your loved one along with an inscription of up to four lines through our ceramic firing process, which results in a gorgeous old-fashioned sepia effect, perfect for honoring and remembering your loved one.

Customized Photo Memorial TileAt $39.95 ($49.95 for 6″x6″), this memorial tile is a wonderful and affordable tribute. Plus, if you purchase two or more, the price is only $24.95 each ($34.95 for 6″x6″). This way you can get one for each family member or close friend without exceeding your budget. Orders over $100 receive free ground shipping.

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Unique Asian Theme Urns

Here are a few ceramic urns hand-crafted in the USA by a Washington artist featuring Asian themes.

Cremation Urn with Inscription

The Asian Calligraphy Cremation Urn is crafted in a classically round shape with custom characters fired onto the surface of the urn. We can inscribe Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or other characters. View product details for links full of ideas to honor the memory of a loved one even if you do not know the language. Available in 3 different finishes: White Crackle, as shown; Aqua Luster; or Lemon Luster.

Ceramic Funeral UrnsThe Korean Style Burial Jar Cremation Urn is a work of art, with handmade accents consisting of clay figurines and pots. This gorgeous funeral urn is custom made to order with a design after actual museum pieces. A beautiful way to honor a loved one.

Asian Urns for AshesOne of our most breathtaking funeral urns, the Han Tomb Ceramic Cremation Urn is a magnificent design based on Chinese tombs from the Eastern Han Dynasty. Constructed of glazed earthenware clay, with an embellished surface boasting a vibrant array of carved decorative elements, a work this elaborate will always symbolize the high status of the individual buried within.

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What is a Sharing Keepsake Urn?

Sharing Keepsake Urns

A keepsake urn is a small urn which holds a tiny amount of cremated remains, usually between 1-50 cubic inches depending on the design of the keepsake. This is just a small portion of the cremated remains, as the average amount of ashes from an adult cremation is just under 200 cubic inches.

A small keepsake urn next to a standard adult urn
The larger urn in the back will hold 200 cubic inches of remains, while the “sharing keepsake urn” in the foreground holds just 1 cubic inch of ashes in a tiny hidden compartment.

Sharing keepsake urns are used for a variety of purposes, usually to keep a small portion of remains as a memento when your loved one’s ashes are buried or kept in a funeral niche. Many of our keepsakes are smaller versions of a standard sized urn for this very reason, allowing you to have a nearly identical memorial close to you while the urn is stored in a columbarium or buried in a cemetery.
These small urns are also sometimes known as “sharing keepsakes” because several relatives may wish to each keep a small portion of remains, or because an individual’s remains may be entirely divided up between several loved ones. If dividing the ashes, you’ll probably want to look for an urn that holds between 20 and 50 cubic inches, depending on how many family members are sharing. If you would just like a small portion as a memento, there are many options such as the keepsake urns mentioned below, cremation jewelry, mini scattering tubes and pods, and even custom made jewelry with the remains mixed into the glass beads.

Below is a video demonstration of a small sharing keepsake urn, showing how the keepsake urn is opened and filled. These small sharing keepsake urns hold just 1 cubic inch of remains in the back compartment, and feature gorgeous wood art scenes that match our standard sized line of 3 dimensional wood art urns.

We offer a variety of sharing keepsake urns, and many of our standard sized adult memorials can be made in keepsake size upon request. Here are a few of our favorites:

Small acorn wood urns

Hand turned mini wood acorn urns, which match these gorgeous hand turned urns.

Tealight Brass Cremation Urn in Pearl White

This small brass cremation urn doubles as a tealight, and matches the Pearl Simplicity Brass Cremation Urn.

Bicycle Road Home Wood Cremation Urn

The classic Road Home memorial design now can be made with this Bicycle scene, available in full standard adult and small sharing keepsake urn sizes, available here.

Wood Keepsake Urn with Photo Album

The case for the rosewood photo album is actually a small sharing keepsake urn. This gorgeous wooden memorial will match any of our Piano Wood Finish Cremation Urns from Burlini Studios.

Shop all sharing keepsake urns here.

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Do I Have to Purchase an Urn from a Funeral Home?

Urn Storage in Mausoleum or Columbarium

The answer is a resounding No. You can purchase an urn from anywhere (online, a competing funeral home, a local artist) and bring it to the funeral home or crematorium. Legally, you may purchase a cremation urn anywhere and the funeral home cannot refuse or charge a fee to handle the urn of your choice.

According to the Federal Trade Commission’s Funeral Rule, “the funeral provider may not refuse, or charge a fee, to handle a casket [or urn] you bought elsewhere.” As they explain in the FTC’s Funerals: A Consumer Guide:

Most funeral providers are professionals who strive to serve their clients’ needs and best interests. But some aren’t. They may take advantage of their clients through inflated prices, overcharges, double charges or unnecessary services. Fortunately, there’s a federal law that makes it easier for you to choose only those goods and services you want or need and to pay only for those you select, whether you are making arrangements pre-need or at need.

 

The Funeral Rule, enforced by the Federal Trade Commission, requires funeral directors to give you itemized prices in person and, if you ask, over the phone. The Rule also requires funeral directors to give you other information about their goods and services. For example, if you ask about funeral arrangements in person, the funeral home must give you a written price list to keep that shows the goods and services the home offers. If you want to buy a casket or outer burial container, the funeral provider must show you descriptions of the available selections and the prices before actually showing you the caskets.

 

Many funeral providers offer various “packages” of commonly selected goods and services that make up a funeral. But when you arrange for a funeral, you have the right to buy individual goods and services. That is, you do not have to accept a package that may include items you do not want.

Beautiful Wood Companion Urns
One of our most popular designs, many couples purchase the “Together Again” companion urn from us and bring it in to the funeral home.

To summarize, according to the Funeral Rule:

  • You have the right to choose the funeral goods and services you want (with some exceptions).
  • The funeral provider must state this right in writing on the general price list.
  • If state or local law requires you to buy any particular item, the funeral provider must disclose it on the price list, with a reference to the specific law.
  • The funeral provider may not refuse, or charge a fee, to handle a casket you bought elsewhere.
  • A funeral provider that offers cremations must make alternative containers available.
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Lighthouse Urn in Ceramic

The newest addition to our collection of ceramic urns is this beautiful, hand-crafted Lighthouse Urn:

Lighthouse Cremation Urn | Ceramic Art Urns

These ceramic urns are a unique design based on an actual lighthouse off the Washington coast near Cape Dissapointment. Each urn is made and fired by hand, resulting in a lighthouse memorial urn that is unique and fitting for your loved one.

19″ tall, with a 6″ base, this funeral urn holds just over 220 cubic inches of remains, and can be customized with an inscription of up to four lines fired onto the front of the urn. As with all of our cremation urns over $100, this qualifies for free ground shipping.

View our entire selection of lighthouse urns.

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Large Capacity Urns

Looking for large-sized cremation urns? At Urns Northwest, we have a variety of above-average capacity urns to suit your need.

The industry standard size for an adult cremation urn is 200 cubic inches. This number is reached by figuring that, for every 1 lbs of human body weight, 1 cubic inch of space is needed for cremated remains. Thus, a 180 lbs adult will require an urn with the capacity to hold 180 cubic inches of cremains.

The formula is not perfect; usually, 180 lbs will translate to slightly less than 180 cubic inches, but it is a good rule of thumb to calculate. In the cremation process, body fat is completely incinerated while most of what remains is bone matter, so a larger individual will often require an urn of less than equal capacity to their actual weight.

When searching for a funeral urn, it is still best to follow the rule of 1 lbs equals 1 cubic inch, so here we have provided a selection of cremation urns that may suit your needs.

Available in 220 cubic inch size

Available in 220 & 375 cubic inch sizes

Available in 220 & 375 cubic inch sizes

Available in 230 & 400 cubic inch sizes
(over 40 scenes to choose from; click here to view entire selection)
286 cubic inches
250 cubic inches, available in a variety of colors: Black, Blue, Charcoal, Merlot, Orchid,  Sand Tone, and Timberline Green
420 cubic inches
View our entire selection of Companion Urns; these have a capacity between 375-420 cubic inches

 

 

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Cremation Urn Applique FAQ

 

We get many inquiries about the appliqués we offer for customers to personalize our cremation urns. These appliqués are gorgeous and come in many themes, including religious (crosses, doves, praying hands) military (Army, Navy, etc), hobby (hunting, fishing), and more.

Urn Customization | Rugged Cross Applique Urn Customization | Praying Hands Bronze Applique Urn Customization | Farm Tractor Urn Applique Urn Customization | Teddy Bear Urn Applique

How can I figure out if an appliqué will fit onto the urn I want?

Because our cremation urn appliqués are sold and shipped separately, it is important to determine in advance if the chosen appliqué will fit. All of our product pages display the dimensions of the product towards the bottom of the product description, so take note of the dimensions of the appliqué and then compare that to the dimensions of the urn you’ve selected. If there is any doubt, please feel free to contact us and we will measure the available space to ensure that if will fit.

How do I attach an appliqué to a cremation urn?

Our urn appliqués are designed to be attached to wood and metal urns, by a 3M industrial-grade double-stick tape. Make sure that the surface area is clean, dry, and free of dust, then simply remove the layer of plastic from the back of the appliqué and affix it directly to the place on the urn you would like it to go. Once you place it, it will not be removable so be careful!

 

How can I figure out if an appliqué will fit onto the urn I want?

Because our cremation urn appliqués are sold and shipped separately, it is important to determine in advance if the chosen appliqué will fit. All of our product pages display the dimensions of the product towards the bottom of the product description, so take note of the dimensions of the appliqué and then compare that to the dimensions of the urn you’ve selected. If there is any doubt, please feel free to contact us and we will measure the available space to ensure that if will fit.

How do I attach an appliqué to a cremation urn?

Our urn appliqués are designed to be attached to wood and metal urns, by a 3M industrial-grade double-stick tape. Make sure that the surface area is clean, dry, and free of dust, then simply remove the layer of plastic from the back of the appliqué and affix it directly to the place on the urn you would like it to go. Once you place it, it will not be removable so be careful!
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Star Cremation Urn: Hand Carved Beauty

Star Cremation Urn

The Star Wood Cremation Urn is a one-of-a-kind work of art, hand-crafted to stand as a beautiful memorial to your loved one.

Individually carved by hand by a talented Bolivian artisan, this urn is made from the finest exotic wood in a unique design to help you cherish the memory of a dear departed one.

Although the general patterns look similar, no two urns are exactly the same. If you desire an exquisite hand crafted wood cremation urn, there is no better way to show love, honor and respect for your loved one than with one of these gorgeous wood urns.

Star Cremation Urn 
$599.00
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New and Very Affordable Urns

A few of our latest additions. These gorgeous wood cremation urns are imported from Bolivia, and made with the best craftmanship from the highest quality materials. All of these wood urns can be personalized with a metal plate affixed to the urn with name and dates and even an optional military emblem engraved onto the brass plate. These urns ship same-day (when ordered before 12:00pm Pacific time) and can be shipped overnight to anywhere in the USA. Our offer of free ground shipping on orders over $100 applies to these cremation urns as well. A very affordable selection of urns, starting at $139.

Serenity  Wood Cremation Urn in Radiata
Serenity Wood Urn – $139.00

Appreciation Wood Urn in Radiata

Devotion Wood Cremation Urn in Radiata

Wood Cremation Urn | Eminence Urn in Radiata | Honey Brown Finish

Faith Wood Cremation Urn - Oak
Our Lady of Guadalupe Wood Urn - Radiata
Honor Wood Urn | Radiata Wood Urn | Cremation Urns
Click on each urn to see wood type and finish options.