Finding The Best Urn And Casket Options

Finding The Best Urn And Casket Options

5 Terms You May Hear If You Choose Cremation

Tanya Carter

Death and dying is not a process most people go through regularly. It is a unique experience that comes with its own language. Understanding what the funeral home is saying goes a long way to understanding and navigating the process. Here are a few terms and meaning you may need to know.

1. Crematory or Crematorium

A crematory is a location where cremation professionals cremate the body. Many people use the two words interchangeably. The site may be a stand-alone facility or maybe a part of a funeral home. Crematoriums may offer additional space for families to hold services.  

2. Cremains

Cremains comes from combining the words cremation and remains. These are the body's ashes or materials left behind after the completed cremation.

After the crematorium cremates the body, they deposit the residue and dry bone fragments into a cremulator machine. Once in the machine, the cremains are ground into a finer, more consistent texture, giving them an ash-like appearance. 

3. Columbarium

Columbariums are locations explicitly designed for the interment of your loved one's cremains. A columbarium may be a wall, a room, or an entire building. It may be a stand-alone location but is usually part of a traditional cemetery or mausoleum.

A columbarium can be an excellent choice for families who do not want to keep the ashes of their loved ones at home but want a dedicated resting place. It can serve as a great place to visit for years to come.

4. Columbarium Niche

Each location within a columbarium is a niche. Niches come in several sizes designed to hold singles, couples, or even families.

Depending on your niche, it may open on the front, be behind clear glass, or even behind a metal door. There is usually an identifying plaque or marker with your loved one's name, date of birth, and date of death included.

The location of your niche can affect your pricing. Niches in outdoor areas are usually priced less than those in inside areas.

5. Direct Cremation

Direct cremation is a basic service where the body is sent directly to the crematorium. When you choose direct cremation, there is no viewing or embalming by the funeral home.

You can choose to have a memorial service at a later time in an alternate location. The funeral home will usually not be involved in this service. Direct cremation is usually the least expensive option offered by the cremation provider. 

Reach out to a cremation service provider to learn more.


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Hi everyone, my name is Peter Holly. I am interested in teach others about the various urn and casket options on the market today. I would also like to explore the history of the creation and display of urns and caskets. When my father died, I took a long time to select the best urn for display on my mantle. I wanted to hold the ashes in a creation that encapsulated the personality of my father. I eventually selected a small wooden box with a cherry finish and bronze accents. If my father had wanted a burial instead, it probably would have taken even longer to select the best casket. There are just so many interior finishes available in addition to all of the exterior designs. Please come by often for assistance in finding your best urn or casket options.