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Choosing a Keepsake Cremation Urn

Today in New Hampshire, 75% of residents choose cremation over a traditional burial, and the lower cost of cremation is a top reason. Yes, cremation tends to be less expensive than a traditional burial, but there are still choices and associated costs to consider.  One of those is a cremation urn. Options for a contemporary keepsake cremation urn include: 

  • Style
  • Color
  • Material
  • Function

Whether planning for yourself or researching urn options for a loved one, there’s no shortage of choices. Cremation Society of New Hampshire offers many varieties of urns, depending on your budget and other preferences.

These keepsake cremation urns come in various natural or man-made materials and range from simple materials and shapes to complex and extravagant. There are a few things to consider when choosing. For example, where will the urn reside? You might want something that compliments your current décor if the urn goes on permanent display in a prominent place in your home.

Metal Urns

Metal urns are a solid option if you seek a durable urn for burial. Metal could also be used to complement your home decor. Metal options include steel, copper, bronze, pewter and brass. There are also a variety of finishes.

Choosing a Keepsake Cremation Urn - Cremation Society of New Hampshire

Handcrafted Indian brass with pewter finish

Cultured Urns

Cultured urns are  durable and are made of synthetic materials. They can resemble wood, bronze, granite, ceramic or marble. The synthetic material is versatile for unique shapes and colors.

Choosing a Keepsake Cremation Urn - Cremation Society of New Hampshire

Simplicity: Cold-cast aluminum with hand coloring to achieve the look of cast bronze

Quarried Urns

Quarried urns can be buried or kept at home. Natural stone options include marble, granite, onyx, quartz, slate, alabaster and fossil. Each urn is unique as no two pieces of stone are the same. Some of this stone is imported, so these tend to be a more expensive option.

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Forever: Natural and cultured engraved stone

Cast Bronze Urns

Bronze is the most popular metal for cast metal sculptures, providing numerous options for unique urns. Bronze is a durable alloy of copper and zinc or tin. Artists who specialize in memorial urns often use the cast bronze techniques in works created for home display.

Choosing a Keepsake Cremation Urn - Cremation Society of New Hampshire

Cross: Bronze with satin finish and cross appliqué

Wood Urns

A variety of wood types are used for urn construction, including cherry, maple, pine, oak, walnut, poplar, mahogany, paduk, yellowheart and zebrawood. 

Choosing a Keepsake Cremation Urn - Cremation Society of New Hampshire

Bamboo: An eco-friendly bamboo urn made from sustainable natural resources

Ceramic & Glass Urns

Artists create ceramic and glass urns using processes including glazing, coloring, firing and glass blowing. These urns are generally delicate options chosen for display in a home or cemetery columbarium, a respectful wall display of urns.

Choosing a Keepsake Cremation Urn - Cremation Society of New Hampshire

Corona: Hand-thrown and painted ceramic with a flowing blue glaze

Earth-Friendly and Biodegradable Urns

A greener urn option utilizes recycled and natural materials designed to break down when placed in water or disintegrate over time when buried.

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Biotree: Biodegradable urn complete with a tree sapling

This is a small sampling of available keepsake cremation urns. Visit our cremation urns page to view our entire line of keepsake cremation urns. 

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