More and more families are choosing to be cremated instead of buried in the U.S. and throughout the world. According to the National Funeral Director’s Association (NFDA), the cremation rate in the U.S. is expected to increase to nearly 80% by 2035, up from just 25% in 1999. This is mainly due to a much lower cost of cremation (vs. burial) and that many families are less traditional than they once were. In line with this trend, many families are choosing to honor their loved one in a beautiful and dignified way with an affordable cremation urn.
Affordable Cremation Urns
With the increased interest in cremation, many new and unique cremation urns have recently been introduced to honor our loved ones in special and dignified ways. This includes traditional indoor urns, urns that allow you to grow a tree or plant (a ‘living’ memorial), urns designed to scatter, and burial urns. Below we highlight some of the most popular and affordable cremation urns available today.
Affordable Traditional Indoor Urns
Traditional indoor urns are typically kept on the mantle or other special place in the home and can include a portion or all of your loved one’s cremated ashes. With a visit to your local funeral home or a quick internet search, you can find hundreds of different indoor urn options at a range of different price points. Many of these are a rectangular or oval shape and are made from wood, metal, ceramic, or other materials. If you are choosing one from a local funeral home, ask your funeral director about which ones they recommend and why. If you are selecting one online, be sure to check out the online reviews before purchasing.
An indoor urn, in particular, that was recently introduced and is growing in popularity among funeral homes and families nationwide is the Eco Home Urn. This unique indoor urn has an elegant look with a traditional rectangular shape and is made entirely from bamboo, a sustainable resource. It comes with an all-natural cotton pouch to hold the ashes inside of the urn. Offered at $159, the Eco Home Urn is an affordable option for many families.
Affordable Tree Urns
Many families are looking for a unique and affordable memorial to honor their loved one. One of the most popular options currently chosen by families throughout the country is The Living Urn®, a patented BioUrn® and planting system designed to grow a living tree memorial. This special biodegradable urn can be used with a portion or a full set of a loved one’s ashes and you can select a tree of choice from many beautiful options offered in your area, or you can pick up a tree or plant at your local nursery to plant with the urn. The trees offered with The Living Urn® are delivered to your doorstep on a date of your choosing and come 2-4’ in height with a robust root system. In addition, The Living Urn® comes packaged in a special bamboo cylinder casing which can be engraved with your loved one’s name, a symbol, or other information of your choosing - all for an affordable price. The Living Urn® can be found online or at a funeral home near you.
Affordable Indoor Plant Urns
There are some unique urn options now available that give you the ability to memorialize your loved one indoors or on your patio with a plant. This includes The Living Urn Indoors/Patio – this unique indoor planter urn comes in three colors (white, blue and beige) and has a planting chamber in the center where a houseplant or bonsai tree can be planted in memory of a loved one. Another option is The PlantUrn which is an attractive decorative indoor urn made from recycled wood and comes with a small ceramic pot on top where a succulent can be planted.
Affordable Scattering Urns
According to the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), nearly 40% of people who are cremated prefer to have their ashes scattered. A scattering can be done at a special meaningful place to the person or their family, in a yard so they are memorialized close to home, or another beautiful place outdoors.
With the increase in the amount of people looking to have their ashes scattered, many new urns have recently been developed that are designed for this purpose. These are typically a long cylinder shape, which helps people scatter the ashes away from their body and avoid having the ashes blow back on them. Two of the most popular scattering urns include urns made from paper which typically have a design printed on the outside and the Eco Scattering Urn, a patented urn made entirely from bamboo. Both are priced similarly and come in multiple sizes, however the Eco Scattering Urn also comes with a unique locking mechanism that allows you to better secure your loved one’s ashes in the urn during transport and this unique urn can be engraved with your loved one’s name and other information for a reasonable price.
Affordable Burial Urns
Some families will choose to bury a portion or all of their loved one’s ashes at a special location. This can be as simple as pouring the ashes into a hole in the ground, or using a vault burial urn that remains intact or a biodegradable burial urn. In general, the biodegradable burial urns are the most affordable burial urn options and have become quite popular. This includes the Eco Burial Urn, a special cylinder shaped urn made entirely from bamboo. This attractive urn can be engraved with your loved one’s name and other information and a symbol of choice for an affordable price.
With so many uplifting and affordable cremation urns and memorials now available, many families are finding it to be a challenge to select a single urn to memorialize a loved one, and instead, choose to divide up their ashes into multiple urns. This can include scattering a portion of the ashes with a scattering urn at a meaningful place and including the remainder in a BioUrn® to grow a tree memorial, or keeping a portion of the ashes in a traditional indoor urn then burying some at a special place with a burial urn.