Cremation Urns Guide

How Important is Sizing?

This can be a confusing aspect for some families. There are 2 sizes for urns, the exterior and the internal. The exterior size is most important for ensuring that an urn fits into a niche in a cemetery or for a placement in another way. If an urn is too large for a niche, most organisations will require you to source a new urn. The same may happen if it is too small.

Then there is the internal size. The internal size determines exactly how much cremains can be housed in the urn. The amount of cremains which remain after a cremation is affected by several variables and thus it can be difficult to determine this immediately. As a general rule however, the larger the person, the more cremains. At Mountain View Crematoria most urns have an interior capacity of 3.6L which is enough in most cases. We do as well offer urns with a larger 4L capacity.

Types of Urns

Metal Urns

These urns are very versatile in terms of shape, design and durability.

AUF288BRL Fadeless Earth Brown Large
Ceramic Urns

Ceramic offers flexibility in purpose and the material can be shaped into many different designs.

AUPSTLMini Lily Scattering Tube Mini
Scatter Tubes

These tubes are specially designed to make it easy to spread the cremains of your loved one.

CMB806 Craftsman Style Chest Tree
Wooden Urns

These are often treated for durability, and can serve several different purposes.

AUN4419 Tree of Life Comfort Pendant 925SS

Jewellery can contain a small portion of your loved ones cremains.

AUPBPTNLge Turtle Natural Urn Adult
Biodegradable Urns

Biodegradable urns are created from environmentally sustainable materials and are biodegradable.

AUPV821BL Papillon Blue (glass)
Glass Urns

Glass Urns are often relatively fragile, making them better suited for decoration but are very visually appealing.


C160L Etienne Butterfly Large
Cloisonné Urns

This is a historic method for creating beautiful designs and it brings a striking beauty to the cremation urns.

What is a Cremation Urn?

Simply, an urn is a container which holds the cremains of a person. A cremation urn has been designed for this main purpose but most will also have a secondary purpose. This could be for decoration, water burial, scattering or even jewelry. More information on the different types of urns will be down below.

What Kind of Urns are There?

There are many varieties but most can be broken down into 2 styles. They are decorative and practical. Decorative urns will serve the purpose of being visually appealing. Practical urns on the other hand will have a function. It could be as an urn designed to break apart in the soil, or perhaps it could be jewellery.

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