Where to Buy Urns?
Urns are as varied and unique as the people that they shelter. There are thousands and thousands of choices available, and when selecting the perfect urn sometimes it is hard to know where to go and buy the urn.
Keep in mind that anything can be used as an urn, and should reflect the person and use that we have. In fact, a good friend of mine used a tin that he found in his house. The B&B Liqueur tin seemed to perfectly reflect his loved one and was easy to use for the scattering service that they had. He still keeps that tin in prominent place in his house as part of a permanent memorial.
In my years managing and operating a crematory in Salt Lake City, I have seen just about everything used as an urn. Vases found at home or a local decorating store, homemade boxes, previously used urns, beautiful urns bought from the funeral home or off the internet, and yes, even a B&B Liqueur tin. Experience has taught me to ask a favor of families that will be selecting an urn from home: that the urn not be see-through, and that it have a lid. I have had mason jars and Tupperware dishes brought in that have led me to question the dignity such an urn will take away.
Knowing that anything can be an urn, I am often asked where an urn can be purchased. Department stores have on occasion been a goto spot for families. A nice vase that closes can proved a unique and fitting shelter for a loved one.
General internet searches are also often used. The internet will ultimately provide the widest variety of choice for style, material, location of manufacture, etc. One caveat with internet urns however, shipping times and availability can vary. I have had families that did not have urns in time for services because of order processing or shipping delays.
The most reliable source for urns is your local funeral home. Funeral homes make it a point to carry a variety of the highest quality urns available, and bend over backward to make sure the urn is there for the service. Many funeral homes and crematories carry on hand a stock of popular urn choices, ensuring availability. In addition, their relationship with various manufactures helps ensure that a selected urn is on time for the service. Once, when an urn didn’t seem like it would make it for the service, I met the UPS driver on his route, helped him find the urn I was expecting, and delivered the urn, and its special resident, to the service.
What if the funeral home doesn’t have an urn there that I like? It is impossible for the funeral home to carry every single urn available. However, they often have as resources various manufactures catalogs, and are happy to make sure that they get the right urn for you, even if it isn’t part of the usual stock. Some of the neatest urns I have helped with are not part of the normal set, and are found through other catalogs. Simply asking your director to see more is all that is needed.