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Choosing Accessorie for your Urn

After having made all the decisions for the urn containing the ashes of the dearly departed (such as what size and type of urn to use), after receiving the ashes and filling your chosen urn with them, one might think that that would be the end of the matter. That is not strictly true. What you would have is a container for the remains of a person, but in order to make it effective as a repository for the remembrance of the individual enshrined within, the use of certain additional components might prove necessary.

One of the simplest accessories one could add to an urn is a picture of the deceased. Photographs of the deceased serve to give an identity to the remains contained within the urn in a way mere textual descriptions could never hope to match, and they also help mourners remember the deceased as they were in life, which is important as the years go by and memories of the death fade, but it is still essential to keep the memory of the deceased fresh and current in the hearts of the ones he cared for. Multiple pictures can be added, to properly capture the deceasedís full range of expression on life, though care should be taken that the urn does not become like a miniature photo album, which was sacrifice the dignity and solemnity of the vessel.

Another traditional, though effective accessory for urns is the use of flowers. Flowers are a universally acceptable offering to the deceased and their family, and the choice of flowers can carry a powerful meaning, which can convey an emotion without cheapening it with words. However, natural flowers will wilt after some time, which runs the risk of leaving you with an unsightly brown mess around the funerary urn. Synthetic flowers will last forever, but some feel they are a cop-out of sorts. The final decision must rest in the hands of the one who is charged with administering to the urn.

A place to display the urn can also make an effective accessory in its own right. A plinth or a cabinet that showcases the urn can call attention to it and give the urn a special space set apart for it, which only serves to emphasize the importance of the person interred inside. A useful addition is a glass display case or dome of some sort, both to protect the urn within and to show it off to all visitors. A display setting works particularly well with the other two methods outlined above, and if properly done, the final product could very well be a work of art.

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