What is a Burial Urn?

What is a Burial Urn?

Burial cremation urn options for you to consider

A common misconception is that cremation and burial are mutually exclusive options. Many people think that if a loved one chooses cremation, their remains must be scattered or kept in an urn on display. But in reality, cremated remains can also be buried just as traditional casketed remains are.

This post will explore the option of burial urns and how they can be incorporated into a burial service.

What are burial urns?

A burial urn is a container specifically designed to hold cremated remains for burial. These urns act like a casket of sorts and can be buried in a traditional cemetery plot, cremation garden, or even kept at home. The main concern with burying cremated remains has to do with pollution. You don't want to bury plastic or other materials that could potentially leach harmful chemicals into the ground.

As such, it is essential to use a burial urn that is biodegradable or can withstand being buried without polluting.

Choosing a burial urn

At Oaktree, we offer several options for burial urns. Our marble options provide elegance and durability, while our wood urns offer a more natural look. These urns of the Madison, Hudson, and Bleecker lines can be buried directly into the ground. However, all of our burial urns can also be kept in a vault to protect them from the elements.

Pick a design

The first step in choosing a cremation urn is to consider the design. Do you want a traditional rectangular shape or perhaps something more unique, like a nature-inspired sculpture? Our designs are modern and aesthetically pleasing. With various colors and styles to choose from, you will surely find the perfect urn for ashes.

Personalization options

In addition to choosing a design, you may also want to personalize the urn with engravings or artwork. At Oaktree Memorials, we offer laser engraving on our marble and wood urns. This allows you to add a special message to the urn. We have a handful of fonts available, but we can also work with you to create a custom design.

Size considerations

It is also important to consider the size of the urn. Each pound before cremation typically requires one cubic inch of space in the urn. However, if you would like to keep some of the remains separate (such as burying a portion and keeping another part at home), you may want to choose an urn with more space.


When it comes to price, burial urns can range greatly. It largely depends on the material and personalization options chosen. At Oaktree Memorials, our urns range from $165 to $945 and everything in between. We wanted to accommodate various budgets and preferences, so we offer a range of choices.

Final thoughts

The end of life is never easy, but burying a loved one can bring comfort and closure. With the freedom to decide the kind of ceremony to honor them, burial urns provide the option to have a traditional burial, even with cremation. Gather some friends at the deceased's favorite nature spot or say goodbye at a family plot in a cemetery; the choice is yours.

If you have any questions about our burial urns or would like more information, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to help during this difficult time.

Leave a comment

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.