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Mailbag: What type of urn to use, and do we keep or bury it?

Burial of cremation urn

My mother’s ashes are being buried in a cemetery plot in Michigan. The ashes are now in a temporary cardboard box. What type of urn would we use and do we keep it or bury it? (The grave will be opened with a 2 foot deep hole.) Thanks!

 

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Using a Temporary Urn: Transferring Cremated Remains

Most likely you’ve never had the responsibility before of disposing a loved one’s cremated remains. What to do with that temporary urn received from the funeral home? There are many options, from a simple burial, scattering, permanent storage in a columbarium niche, and, of course, selecting a fitting and attractive cremation urn for display in your home.

If you are planning on keeping a loved one’s “cremains” (cremated remains) in a funeral urn in your home, here are several options for transferring the remains from the temporary plastic or cardboard urn you received from the crematorium into a beautiful permanent display urn purchased from an online retailer such as Urns Northwest:

1. Transfer the Ashes Yourself

To place the remains in the cremation urn you ordered online, simply open the cardboard or plastic temporary urn and remove the plastic bag containing the cremains. Then place the sealed plastic bag into the permanent urn and reattach the urn’s lid (for most ceramic urns) or bottom opening panel (for most metal or wood urns). You may use wood glue or caulking as a sealant, but this is not required as long as the ashes remain in the plastic bag.

2. Have the Funeral Home Transfer the Ashes

If you are uncomfortable with handling the remains, the funeral home or crematorium will transfer the remains into your cremation urn for you. Funeral homes are required by law to use the container of your choice, even if it is purchased from an outside source. Most funeral homes are very nice about doing this for you.

3. Place the Temporary Urn Inside a Permanent Urn

Additionally, at Urns Northwest we offer several urns which will hold some of the standard sizes of temporary urns, so that you can simply insert the entire cardboard or plastic urn into the permanent urn.

Fits many standard sizes of temporary urns

Madison Budget Urn
Can hold a 5″ x 5″ x 6″ temporary urn

Wood urn for temporary urn

Simplicity Budget Urn
Can hold a 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ temporary urn

Fits many standard sizes of temporary urns

Simplicity Vertical Budget Urn
Can hold a 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ temporary urn

Fits many common sizes of temporary urns

Marquis Cremation Urn
Can hold a 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ temporary urn

Keepsake Memory Chest
Can hold a 8.5″L x 6.5″W x 4.5″H temporary urn

Memory chest that can hold several sizes of temporary urns

Military Memory Chest
Can hold a 8.5″L x 6.5″W x 4.5″H temporary urn

Fits many standard sizes of temporary urns

Cedar Memory Chest
Can hold a 8.5″L x 6.5″W x 4.5″H temporary urn

Bonus: Custom Sized Urns

Additionally, we can build most of these urns and chests to custom specifications, in order to fit the dimensions of your temporary urn. Additional charges may apply, but generally the shop crew tries to figure out the simplest modifications to keep costs down for you. Contact us at 877-900-5309 for custom sizing inquiries.