Use an Outdoor Cremation Urns for After Cremation Services
You aren’t limited to displaying or housing your loved ones remains in an indoor urn after a cremation service in Grand Rapids, MI. From scattering and water burials to inurnment in a columbarium and more, you can get as creative as you want for your loved one’s post-cremation final resting place. In fact, there are hundreds of options when it comes to body disposition, display or housing post-cremation. Some uncommon options are burial, inurnment or display outdoors.
You can easily house your loved ones cremated remains in an urn above or below ground outside. If you decide to go this route, however, you do need to choose an urn that specifically made for outdoor use. These outdoor urns are designed to remain intact and even beautiful even after long years of outdoor exposure to dirt, dust, rain, snow and more.
When shopping for an outdoor urn, you first need to decide if the urn will stay above ground, or be buried below ground, as there are both above and below ground urns. When choosing an above ground outdoor urn, a metal urn is best. You can choose ceramic or glass, but these urns are not ideal for outdoor use as they are more vulnerable to cracking.
Bronze, brass, pewter, and stainless steel are great choices, although almost any urn designed for human remains will most likely work. However, it’s important to keep in mind that unless the outer wall of the columbarium is made of glass, you probably won’t be able to see the urn once it’s been placed. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about decoration too much.
You can also choose to bury your loved one’s cremated remains. Like traditional full body burial, burying cremated remains allows you to have a defined place where family and friends can go to remember the lost loved one. In some cases, many families already own a burial plot and want to use this land even if the deceased is cremated. Most cemeteries require an urn vault when burying cremated remains. The vault is typically sealed to keep out moisture and other elements of nature. Since the vault will bear the brunt of natural exposure, any kind of urn will do.
If you don’t have to have an urn vault, you need to choose an urn that is durable. Strong urns from metal, composites or resins are ideal. A cremation urn made from wood, ceramic, or glass would most likely lose its integrity over time, leaving the deceased’s remains exposed.
Many cemeteries also have a columbarium. A columbarium is spaces, rooms or buildings designed to hold and display cremation urns. They have numerous individual niches carved into the walls for this purpose. Columbarium house cremated remains outdoors, but above ground.
Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care offers expert and compassionate Grand Rapids, MI cremation services. You can give us a call today to learn more about outdoor cremation urns, or about our cremation service offerings for your time of loss.