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How Much Does An Urn Cost? [& How To Save in 2022!]

Rikin Shah | Licensed Life & Health Insurance Agent

How Much Does An Urn Cost

I used to think that cremation was primarily an Eastern tradition that was not practiced as widely in the U.S.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

According to the National Funeral Director’s Association (NFDA), 58% of Americans who died in 2021 will be cremated.

And this trend is on the rise, too, given the increasing cost of traditional funerals (over $10,000, on average, these days).  The NFDA expects the cremation rate to climb to 70% by 2030 and 78% by 2040.

And therefore, funeral homes are increasingly offering cremation services and accompanying products, like cremation urns.

In this article, we’ll look at the different types of cremation urns you can buy as well as the average price you’ll encounter for each.

What Is A Cremation Urn?

Ornate cremation urn with flowers
Displaying your loved one’s urn at their memorial service has become popular these days.

Cremation urns are vessels that hold the ashes of the deceased.

Urns come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and styles.  They can be:

  • Made out of materials like wood, metal, or porcelain
  • Decorative and highly ornate OR intended to look like a simple, plain container

What Is An Urn Vault?

Many people choose to bury their loved one’s ashes to give them a final resting place.

Urn vaults are protective containers that keep your urn safe when it is buried.

Contrary to popular beliefs, the Catholic Church approves of cremation.  However, it requires that the deceased’s ashes be buried (not scattered or kept in a family member’s possession).

Cremation Urns: Types & Average Costs

In this section, we’ll go over the various types of urns, from traditional urns (such as wood, metal, and porcelain urns) to modern urns (such as keepsake urns, cremation jewelry, and even pet urns).

And how much do cremation urns cost? This is the second question we’ll answer at the end of each section.

Wood Urns

Wooden urns are made out of natural materials like walnut, cherry, or mahogany. They usually have a gloss finish that makes them look more polished and detailed than others. A wooden urn can be sealed with a protective coating, so the wood doesn’t disappear over time.

The price of wood urns ranges from $50-$200 depending on the type of wood used and the size of the urn.

Simple wooden urn box

Metal Urns

Metal urns are usually made out of metal alloy because this is the best material for durable, long-lasting, and safe cremation urns. These are great if you want something that will last a lifetime which is why they cost more than porcelain or glass ones.

The cost of metal urns ranges from $100-$1,000.

Metal urn at memorial service

Porcelain Urns

Porcelain is the most popular material for cremation urns due to its durability and polish.

Porcelain (ceramic or glass) urns can feature intricate designs and engraving, which can drive up the costs and put them out of reach of those with budget considerations.

Porcelain urns are generally the most expensive, with the cost of the urn ranging from $400- to $2,000+, depending on the complexity of the design and engraving.

woman with roses candles and porcelain urn at church

Keepsake Urns

Keepsake cremation urns are a new trend and often look like jewelry.  A keepsake urn allows you to keep your loved one close to you throughout your day.  The appeal of this is similar to when, before photography was invented, people used to store locks of hair from their deceased loved ones.

Keepsake urns:

  • Are made of materials such as brass, bronze, sterling silver, pewter, or gold
  • Come in different forms such as necklaces, pendants, and rings (as shown below)
Cremation Ring
An example of a cremation ring

One of the most popular keepsake urn designs is a locket, which you can flip open and place some ashes inside. The locket then hangs by a chain around your neck, like how people wear religious symbols or family heirlooms to keep their memories close to them.

Cremation Necklace Holding Ashes
An example of a cremation necklace

Keepsake urn prices range from as low as $50 to well above $1,000, depending on the material used and the craftsmanship.

Biodegradable Urns

While most crematoriums offer biodegradable urn options, they can also choose to give you a regular container without specifying what type it is. They might only tell you that it’s an uncoated wood box or something like that.

An urn made from biodegradable materials will be one of your cheapest options, with average prices ranging from $50 to $150.

Where To Purchase A Cremation Urn?

Funeral Homes

If family members have not done funeral planning in advance, they often face time pressure that makes purchasing from a funeral home the only option.

And funeral home prices are considerably higher than those you’ll find online.

cremation urn display at funeral home

Online Retailers

If you want to save money and see a large variety of urn types, shopping for cremation urns online is the clear way to go.

Our favorite retailers are listed below:

Frequently Asked Questions

The container’s size, style, and material are all important factors in its overall cost. Most people pay $70 to $2,250 for a full-sized, permanent urn and $50 to $350 for green burial containers.

Most adult urns cost from about $75 on the low end to around $350 for most popular premium options. Keepsake urns, which hold a small portion of the remains, go for anywhere between $25 and $60 each. Urns that hold the ashes of two people are called companion urns and typically cost $350 to $600.

How much ash is produced when a body is cremated? On average, about 5 pounds for an adult. However, ashes can weigh from 3 to 10 pounds, depending on the size and density of the deceased’s bones. (Organ tissue, fat, and fluids burn away during cremation, so only the weight of the bones matters).

Conclusion

We hope that you enjoyed this look at the various types of urns and their costs.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or send us an email.

Warm Regards,
The GetSure Team

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