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Pet Cremation: Choosing an urn

  • Sat, 11 May 2013 22:00:30 -0500

For many people, choosing an urn is a difficult part of the pet cremation process. They don't want to face this moment because it feels so final. In actuality, the urn that you choose acts as a symbol that will last forever. By knowing how to choose the right one, you can honor your pet for the rest of your life.


Understand the Logistics


Your pet's size will determine the size of the urn you need. As a general rule, each pound of your pet will need one cubic inch of space in the urn. If you have a small dog that weighs 10 pounds, then you only need an urn with 10 cubic inches of interior space. If you have a big dog that weighs 90 pounds, you'll need an earn with at least 90 cubic inches of space.


Understanding the logistics will help you focus on urns that fit your pet. That way, you don't get your heart set on something that simply will not work well for your pet's cremains.


Decorative Boxes and Urns


People traditionally put cremains in metal urns. Recently, though, decorative wood boxes have become popular amongst pet owners who want to remember their favorite pets forever.


Any crematorium can show you a catalogue of options. The vary significantly in size, price, and style. Start by eliminating those that are too large or too small for your pet. Then you can eliminate the ones that cost too much for your budget.


This should leave a reasonable number of decorative boxes and urns for you to consider. Try to find one that commemorates the type of relationship you had with your pet.


Making Your Pet's Urn Unique


There are plenty of ways to make your pet's urn unique. You can have his or her name etched into the side of the urn. You can even have a picture of the pet engraved or printed on the urn.


In addition to having a professional personalize the final resting place, you can add items that were special to your pet. Perhaps you want to hang a collar around the urn, or slip a favorite toy into the box.


Selecting an urn is about creating closure while finding a way to evoke memories of your pet. Do what feels natural to you, and you can't go wrong.


For more information on our pet urns please visit our pet urn page here.