What is a Keepsake Urn?

A keepsake urn is a small urn designed to hold a portion of the ashes from a cremation. As you may know, a cremated body produces several pounds of ashes. As such, it's not always possible or desirable for a single urn to hold all of them. That's where a keepsake urn comes in.

These mini urns have the same purpose as a standard urn—to contain and honor the remains of a loved one. They are usually just as beautiful and thoughtful as traditional urns but on a smaller scale.

Why choose a keepsake urn?

A keepsake urn allows families and friends to divide the ashes amongst themselves, providing a physical reminder of their loved ones that they can keep close at hand. This is especially helpful for families and friends who may live in different parts of the world or might have different preferences on how to honor their loved one's memory.

Keepsake urns can also be used in conjunction with scattering or burial ceremonies, allowing a small portion of the ashes to be kept for personal remembrance. In any case, it gives more versatility and options.

Types of keepsake urns

Due to their smaller size, keepsake urns come in various shapes and styles. Here are the most common: 

Traditional urn

These mini urns come in a variety of materials, including ceramic, glass, wood, and metal. They often have the same aesthetic as traditional urns, just on a smaller scale. They can be rectangular box-shaped or have a more urn-like appearance with a narrower top and broader base.

Flower vase urn

One unique option is a flower vase-style urn, designed to hold a small portion of ashes while also displaying fresh flowers in tribute to the deceased. These urns often have a compartment on the bottom for the ashes, with a removable top section for arranging flowers.

Candle urn

Many families choose a candle urn as a more subtle way to honor a loved one's memory. These urns hold a small portion of ashes and have an opening on the top to insert a candle. They come in various styles, from elegant glass containers to rustic wood boxes, allowing the flame to shine and create a warm, comforting glow.

Picture frame urn

If you're looking for a more personal way to display your loved one's memory, a picture frame urn is a perfect choice. These urns have a compartment on the back or bottom to hold ashes, with a space on the front to insert a photo of your loved one. They're nearly the same size as a standard picture frame, allowing for easy display on a desk or shelf.

Pet urn

Sometimes, our loved ones aren't just human family members. A pet urn allows you to cherish your beloved pet's cremated remains. The designs are often reminiscent of their species. Paw print designs are popular for dogs and cats, while bird urns often have feather or wing patterns.

Where to find a keepsake urn?

No matter what type of keepsake urn you're looking for, it's easy to find one that fits your needs. Oaktree Memorials offers a wide selection of keepsake urns that can even be customized with engraving. Contact us for more information and find the perfect keepsake urn to honor your loved one's memory.

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