This is one of those purchases that may quite suddenly and unexpectedly become very important to you and your family.
Right now, you may be reeling after the loss of a loved one and searching frantically for a wide variety of funeral products and services. Or perhaps you are – wisely – beginning to plan ahead for your final arrangements.
Whatever may be your situation, we have some helpful information for you below.
Funeral urns can seem like a daunting subject to the uninitiated. So many options, so many things to think about, and all you want is to honor your loved one without messing everything up. So to help, we present to you The Layman’s Guide to Funeral Urns.
With cremation on the rise as an inexpensive alternative to traditional burial, couples making end-of-life arrangements in the current economy can explore companion urns as a simple and budget-friendly option in lieu of purchasing two separate urns.
Companion urns simplify the storage and display of the couple’s cremains by holding both in a single cremation container. This double urn box, while larger than a standard urn, is significantly smaller than two urns side-by-side. This makes for a simpler burial process, a smaller niche in a mausoleum, or easier storage, transportation, and display of the urn. Smaller space, in many cases, translates to lower costs.
Companion urns, also known as double urns or urns for two, are generally cheaper than two of their standard-sized counterparts. Companion urns are made using a variety of materials, including metal, marble, plastic, wood, and biodegradable materials. Within a given medium, style and designs will vary significantly.
For instance, at Urns Northwest, we offer a wide selection of wood companion urns, such as a wood urn with a photo frame on the front, a book- or Bible-shaped urn with doves on the “cover”, or a rectangular urn box with three-dimensional inlay art scenes. But the options don’t end there.
The various scenes for the Companion Urn with 3 Dimensional Scene are crafted using various exotic and domestic hardwoods in their natural colors, cut and laser engraved then inlaid like a 3-D jigsaw puzzle to produce an intricately detailed image with a real sense of depth.
The available scenes for this double wood urn are extensive, including:
Idyllic outdoor scenes: a lighthouse against a rocky seacoast, a cowboy riding his trusty horse through the desert towards the setting sun, a farmer riding his tractor home to the farm one last time.
Animal scenes: an elk in the woods, dolphins leaping through the crest of a wave, a hummingbird or butterfly fluttering near lush flowers, a wolf howling at the lonely moon, ducks descending upon a rippling pond.
Bucolic pastime scenes: a rustic cabin nestled against a lake, a golfer finishing his final round, a sailboat rounding the final bend toward shore, a fisherman reeling in the big one.
Many 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 companion urn as a token of the depth of their love.
The simplicity, economy, and nearly endless stylistic options make companion urns an affordable choice for the budget shopper, and the symbolism of two united as one makes companion urns the romantic choice.
UrnsNW.com is an Oregon-based company, and while we sell many cremation urns from a variety of woodworkers, artists, and manufacturers, our most popular series of funeral urns is made in Oregon.
Dimensionat Art Cremation Urns have lovely woodcut art scenes created by using laser cut pieces of hardwoods in their natural colors, inlaid with precision to create unique and touching scenes. Several dozen scenes are available, and the wood urns can be made in your choice of oak, walnut, or maple.
A perfect example of these Oregon urns is our Boat Fishing Urn in Walnut. Oregonians love to fish, and if your loved one loved to fish this hardwood urn will serve not only as a keepsake but also as way of remembering and honoring their life and passions.
All of these Oregon urns can be custom engraved with name, dates, and a brief inscription on the top or back for an additional $40. These urns usually take about 2-3 days to produce, but arrangements can be made for overnight shipping depending on current stock; please contact us for rush shipping orders.
Here is a small selection of these urns made in Oregon for you to see the variety of scenes and styles available; click here to view entire selection of our Oregon-made wood art urns.