More personalized than a traditional urn, keepsake cremation urns keep your loved ones close by allowing you to keep their ashes in a meaningful place. They can offer the bereaved an alternative to a formal memorial and may be especially suitable for children. It's not uncommon for keepsake urns to be custom-made and they'll usually include an engraving or monogram of some sort. These engravings can include names and messages or a favorite poem or expression.
There are a number of different shapes and forms of keepsake urns. They tend to be smaller than other urns, allowing several family members or friends to hold a portion of the deceased's remains.
Keepsake urns can be put on display in a number of different ways, beyond just sitting on a shelf. You can get a small keepsake urn that is held in the arms of a stuffed teddy bear, which might be appropriate for a young child. They are also available as pendants or other jewelry, to keep your loved one close to you at all times. Keepsake urns can be simple or very ornate, which means they range widely in price.
Some of the unique designs for keepsake urns that you might come across are:
- Custom-designed lockets
- Rosary bead urns
- Symbol urns (for example, shamrocks or national flags)
Personalized Keepsake Urns
You can also make a keepsake urn on your own. A crematorium will deliver ashes in a simple box unless you provide another carrier, so it's up to you where the ashes will be kept. In some cases the deceased will have already selected an urn while pre-planning their funeral, whereas in others the decision will be left to loved ones.
Choosing a keepsake urn can be as simple as selecting a container that reflects the personality of the decedent. For example, if the deceased enjoyed the outdoors you'll perhaps want to use rocks or faux flowers to decorate a small urn or container. For someone who loved the beach you can use a shell as a keepsake urn.
Keepsake cremation urns are meant to be a personalized expression of memory and as such you can make them as traditional or creative as you like.