It is hard for an individual to overcome the sudden shock and the long period of grief following the death of a close friend or relative. But it is compulsory to dispose of the dead body according to the rituals and customs of the family. These days, more and more people are choosing cremation over burial because of the inherent advantages that this method of dealing with the dead body presents to the relatives of the deceased. Burial proves to be much costlier than cremation given the constraints of full size casket and ground space. Also, burials have to be performed quickly, leaving little time to the family members and friends living in faraway places to reach the venue of the funeral service. Cremation causes the dead body to be reduced into remains within a few hours while the dead body decomposes slowly and naturally following a burial. With a cremation, the family also gets a chance to hold on to the remains of the deceased inside cremation urns to keep the memories alive.


Keepsake urn is just a term for smaller memorial urns

Urn, funeral urn, or a cremation urn all refer to the same containers that are made of wood, porcelain, metal, or clay and are decorative in nature to be kept proudly by the family members of the deceased. There is also a word called keepsake urns that confuses many people. It is nothing but a small container, smaller than the usual urns to keep the remains of the deceased. It is so called to let people hold on to the portion of the remains of the deceased or to be able to divide the portions of the mortal remains.


Vessels to keep the memories of your loved one alive

The vessels called urns are not used for storing ashes or the cremains (remains of the boney material of the dead person) of the deceased in all parts of the world. In fact, in many places and cultures, urns are simply small vessels that can be used for many different purposes rather than being used as memorial urns.  Even inside the country, you may be surprised to find the various shapes and sizes of the vessels that are being sold in the name of an ashes urn. In many places, these urns are also referred to as ashes jewellery as the vessels are made from expensive materials and look beautiful, adorned with gemstones and other materials.  


Many people prefer biodegradable material as the material of the urn they buy as they intend to scatter the remains of the dead person at some point in future. People who intend to bury the urn at some later stage also prefer to buy cremation urns made of biodegradable material. These vessels are in great demand among those who have burial at sea in mind at some later stage.  No matter what the liking and requirement of the individual, there are available all sorts of memorial urns in shops selling these vessels. One can also buy a funeral urn sitting in the comfort of his home by visiting an online urn shop.