Considerations When Choosing an Urn for a Columbarium

Published: January 9, 2023
by Medina Funeral Home & Cremation Service
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Are you considering placing your loved one’s cremains in a columbarium niche after their cremation services in Milan, TN? If so, you may need to consider certain types of urns. This is because the factors of the columbarium niche will play a role in determining what type of urn you should consider. Let’s look into this in more detail.  

What is a Columbarium?

First, let’s talk about a columbarium and columbarium niches. For those not familiar with a columbarium, these are structures that are made up of spaces called “niches”. These structures are mostly found in cemeteries and cremation gardens although they can be found anywhere a memorial space is designated.  

Columbariums can stand as independent structures or be part of a larger building or memorial. They can also be found outside or inside. The niches that they contain are the spaces where families place their loved one’s urn. 

Consider the Size of the Niche

When selecting an urn for a columbarium niche, you are first going to want to consider the size of the niche. You will need to ensure the urn you choose will fit securely and easily into the niche. To make sure this happens, pay attention to the dimensions of the niche such as the height, width, and depth.

What Type of Face Does the Niche Have?

One factor when choosing an urn material for a columbarium niche, is if the niche is a metal front or glass front niche. This is important to know because if it is a metal front niche, this means the inside of the niche is not seen by visitors as the metal face covers the contents. Because of this, some families may choose to select a more inexpensive option of urn since it won’t be seen.

On the flip side, with a glass front niche, the urn and contents of the niche will be seen. This may mean that families choose an urn that is more decorative and ornate in nature.

Columbarium Policies

Before starting your urn search, it is always important to refer to the polices or rules that the providers of the columbarium have set. This could include things such as what type of material is (or isn’t) allowed along with sizes, colors, or other design elements. Since these rules and polices can differ from one columbarium provider to the next, it is strongly suggested you contact the direct columbarium provider you are working with. 

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Final Thoughts

A columbarium niche can be a wonderful option for your loved one’s cremains. These niches provide a safe and secure place to house the remains and a calm and peaceful place to come and reflect, visit, and feel close to your loved one. With each niche being different, it is important to take into account a few considerations such as size and what type of niche it is. Keeping these things in min will ensure you select the perfect urn for the space.  

To learn more about cremation urns or cremation services in Milan, TN. feel free to reach out to us anytime. Our caring and compassionate staff is happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

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