Choosing an Urn for Burial

Choosing Your Urn

Whether you are choosing an urn for a beloved family member or are pre-planning for yourself, you should find an urn that is appropriate, beautiful, and that evokes that person’s memory.

Considerations When Purchasing an Urn for Burial

  • Size. Most urns are made to hold one person’s cremated body. Sometimes, people will purchase a larger size to include personal mementos, such as jewelry or photos, which can also be buried in the urn. Our funeral directors will help you select the correct size and style of urn for your needs. In addition to the urn to be buried, you may want to purchase a smaller keepsake urn to keep and display in your home. Most families selecting earthen burial for the cremated body place the urn in an urn vault to protect it from the elements. Your funeral director will help you with this selection as well.
  • Materials. Urns are made from many different kinds of materials, some more permanent than others. Eco-friendly urns are made from biodegradable materials and will soon disintegrate into the soil. This is a good choice if you would like to return your cremated body, or your loved one’s cremated body, to nature. A more permanent type of urn is made of ceramic, marble or granite. Our funeral directors will speak with your cemetery to determine requirements for urn burial. Some cemeteries may require an urn vault.
  • Design. Most people make a selection that carries a personal meaning regardless of its disposition. Burial urns can be engraved with text, flowers, flags, names, or other designs. They can be shaped as a sculpture or highlight a hobby of the decedent, such as golf, fishing, or reading.

Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services in Pittsburgh can help you choose an urn that suites your need for your loved one’s cremated body. Contact us today with any questions you have about cremation services or urns.