Cremation in Lancaster, NC is more popular today that it was in past years. It gives families the freedom to choose a variety of different services for their loved one. After those services are complete, they can also choose a final resting place that suits them. Many people scatter cremated ashes while others keep the urn in the family home. There are also those that want to place the urn in a cemetery, as they would the casket in a traditional burial service. There are no right or wrong answers…just what’s right for your family. If you are choosing an urn for the cemetery, there are certain things you will want to consider.
Above Ground Resting Places
When you think of placing your loved one’s urn in a cemetery, you might automatically consider burial. While that is one option, some cemeteries also have columbariums, which feature niches that hold containers. If you are going to place your loved one in one of these locations, you might want to consider a metal urn. Metal urns include materials like brass, pewter, bronze, and stainless steel. While any material can work just fine within a columbarium, metal is less likely to crack and deteriorate within the niche over time. Keep in mind that once the urn is placed, you won’t be able to see it any longer (unless the outer columbarium wall is made from glass). Since you will no longer see the urn, that can influence your decisions on how customized you want to make it.
Below Ground Burials
If your loved one isn’t having a traditional burial and is being cremated instead, you can still bury their cremated remains. Some families like the idea of a final resting place where they can go to think about and remember their loved one. Burial plots for urns are much smaller and often require an urn vault. Urns from any material will work since the vault is sealed up to keep the moisture and elements out of the urn. If your cemetery doesn’t’ require a vault, think about durable materials, if you want the urn to last. If you’re looking for something environmentally friendly, perhaps you want an urn made from biodegradable materials so it will break down easier.
When the time comes to choose an urn for your loved one who is going through cremation in Lancaster, NC, contact the professionals at Heritage Funeral & Cremation Services for help. We’ve seen families in all sorts of situations and if you tell us about your loved one and your family preferences as well as what you want for a final resting place, we can offer you options that might suit your needs. Give us a call at (704) 846-3771 and we’ll answer your questions over the phone or set up a time for you to visit with our funeral director at 3700 Forest Lawn Dr Matthews, NC 28104. We’re here to help with all of the details, including the urn you need for your loved one after cremation.