Cremation is now the most popular method in funeral services which surpassed traditional burial. The ashes of the deceased are kept inside memorial urns after the cremation process. These are the different types of memorial urns available in the market based on the material used.
Stone/Ceramic. This is one of the earliest materials used by ancient humans. The material can be seen in any pottery style available such as earthenware and even delicate porcelain. There are also carved urns from natural stone material like marble and granite. This is used by people who wanted urns that represent the weight as well as the permanence of death which is done through a memorial.
Metal. There are many different kinds of metal used in urns such as stainless steel, pewter and brass. These materials result to beautiful pieces and represents permanence together with strength. The surfaces are usually covered with paint in order to become weather-proof and there are those that can be displayed outdoors.
Wood. This type of material represents a close bond with nature and it evokes warmth. Almost any type of wood can be used in making urns such as cherry, oak and pine. Even exotic woods the likes of bamboo can be turned into a memorial urn. These can be transformed into wooden boxes with rough textures or it can be made into an intricate container with details. More modern ideas include laser-etched photographs into the wood for a more customized look.
Glass/Crystal. If you want to pick out any colors in the rainbow, this material is suitable. The surface is not only smooth but also reflective which makes it a good option to be displayed permanently. Majority of the glass urns are created by artisans through the art of handblowing thus each piece is considered to be unique.
Resin/Plastic. This type of memorial urns can be turned into any shape and it can resemble the finishing of almost all materials like stone and metal. The weight is much lighter but more durable. This is suitable for display in houses where there are pets or children.