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What are Keepsake Urns

Keeping the remains of a loved one close may be difficult, considering most normal cremation urns tend to be large and bulky, and may even be seen as unsightly, depending on their construction. Keepsake urns exist as a way for family members to preserve the remains of departed loved ones in a more socially acceptable form.

Simply put, keepsake urns are containers that store only a part of the remains after a deceased person is cremated. Compared to the larger and less ornate cremation urns, keepsake urns tend to be smaller, more decorated and more easily placed in locations that are not private property, such as in the office. In fact, some keepsake urns are actually pieces of jewelry, which are not surprisingly called keepsake jewelry. These pendants usually contain a small portion of the deceased’s cremated remains, and allow a family member to feel that the deceased is always close at hand.

Keepsake urns are commonly used when only a portion of the cremation remains is to be stored. This is usually the case when the remains are being divided among family members, or when the remains are to be scattered, but there is a need to preserve some of the remains as a keepsake. Not surprisingly, this is where the term ‘keepsake urn’ derives. It would be nearly impossible to begin describing an average keepsake urn, because there are just about as many designs for a keepsake urn as there are for people who would make use of them. Though keepsake urns are not customized to individual customers, they can certainly be personalized, and there is no general guideline as to what a keepsake urn should look like. Common motifs in the designs tend to be religious icons, such as the omnipresent cross. Other patterns include animals, like eagles made of bronze. Still others are intricately carved urns, which may or may not have a personalized message on them, and then there are those that are made into plaques that commemorate the deceased whose cremated remains are stored within.

While not technically keepsake urns, certain glass sculptures can have reservoirs built into them, which contain the remains of the departed person, forever immortalized in a skillfully wrought crystal construct. Similarly, glass memorial tablets have been constructed which incorporate reservoirs for cremated remains. These can be displayed in the home, a mausoleum, or whichever place would be convenient. Alternately, they can be buried like any other urn or coffin.

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