Urns play an important role after your loved one’s cremation services in Cottage Grove, OR These vessels will house your loved one’s remains and be a part of your family for years to come. When selecting the urn, there are key things to keep in mind. This is especially true if you are thinking about placing the urn in a columbarium niche.
What is a Columbarium?
For those not familiar with a columbarium, these are structures that are made up of spaces called “niches”. These structures are mostly found in cemeteries and cremation gardens although they can be found anywhere a memorial space is designated.
Columbariums can stand as independent structures or be part of a larger building or memorial. They can also be found outside or inside. The niches that they contain are the spaces where families place their loved one’s urns.
Size of the Urn
The first thing to keep in mind when selecting an urn for a columbarium niche is the size and dimensions of the urn. You want to make sure it can fit securely into the chosen niche. To ensure this happens, pay attention to the height, width, and depth of the niche.
Material of the Urn
Urns can be found in a variety of various materials with the most popular being created from glass, ceramic, wood, and steel. With each material having its own set of characteristics, some materials may be better suited for certain situations than others.
One factor when choosing an urn material for a columbarium niche is if the niche is a metal front or glass front niche. This is important to know because if it is a metal front niche, this means the inside of the niche is not seen by visitors as the metal face covers the contents. Because of this, some families may choose to select a more inexpensive option of urn since it won’t be seen.
On the flip side, with a glass front niche, the urn and contents of the niche will be seen. This may mean that families choose an urn that is more decorative and ornate in nature.
A very important factor to keep in mind when shopping for your columbarium urn is any policies or rules that the provider of the columbarium has. For example, if the columbarium is found in a cemetery, that cemetery may have very specific rules on what type of urns are allowed. This could include things such as what type of material is (or isn’t) allowed along with sizes, colors, or other design elements. Always check with the columbarium provider first before beginning any shopping.
While there are factors that should always be considered when selecting an urn if placing it in a columbarium there are additional things to keep in mind. Things such as the size and type of the niche it is to be placed in as well as any rules the columbarium provider has are some of these special considerations. A wonderful way to honor their wishes as well as pay tribute to their life is by holding a casting ceremony.
To learn more about cremation urns or cremation services in Cottage Grove, OR., feel free to reach out to us anytime. Our caring and compassionate staff is happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.