Providing urns is one of the cremation services offered in Dayton, OH, and the urn you select for your loved one will need to be specifically for indoor or outdoor use. Cremations allow you many options for choosing a final resting place for your deceased loved one.
You may choose to scatter your loved one’s cremation remains in a place that they wanted or that was special to you and them. You may choose to split your loved one’s cremation remains among family members using keepsake urns or by including them in memorial wearable jewelry.
You might want to keep your loved one’s cremation remains in a beautiful urn somewhere in your home. You might want to use your loved one’s cremation remains to create new life on land – mixed with soil to plant trees or other types of plants – or at sea – used in the creation of coral reefs to sustain marine life.
However, you may want to store your loved one’s cremation remains in an outdoor setting, such as burial in a cemetery plot or urn garden, inurnment in a columbarium, or to create an outdoor memorial.
If you decide you want to store your loved one’s cremation remains in an outdoor setting, you will need a different type of urn than you would have if you will be storing your loved one’s cremations remains indoors.
You’ll need to be sure to discuss this with your funeral director, so they can provide you with a selection of outdoor urns that are designed to be strong enough to weather the elements and the wide variety of climate conditions experienced in Ohio throughout the year.
Additionally, you’ll need to let the funeral director know whether you intend to use the outdoor urn above ground or you intend for it to be buried underground, so that they can give you guidance on the best type of urns available for that use.
Storage in columbarium niches are becoming more common as the percentage of cremations increases across the United States. Most cemeteries have columbariums on their premises. They may be housed inside mausoleums or they may be a standalone structure on the property.
Columbarium niches are able to hold a full sized urn and small personal items belonging to your loved one. Some columbarium niches (usually inside mausoleums) have a glass enclosure with a small memorial plate, with identifying information for your loved one, below. Outdoor columbarium niches are usually sealed shut with a stone enclosure. The grave marker is then attached to the covering stone.
You’ll need an outdoor aboveground urn if you plan to store your loved one’s cremation remains in a columbarium. The best materials for this type of urn are brass, stainless steel, bronze, and pewter because they will hold up best over time being in an outdoor setting.
If you choose to have your loved one’s cremation remains put into an urn to be buried, this allows you to establish a permanent place, much like traditional burial gravesites, where you and other family members can go to remember your loved one or to remember special occasions you had with them.
The funeral director will take care of the urn burial and will help you choose an outdoor urn suited for burial underground. All cemeteries require that urns be buried in vaults (vaults stabilize the ground and help protect all the gravesites), so the funeral director will make sure the urn is buried inside an urn vault in a cemetery plot or an urn garden that you choose.