Urns and Keepsakes

Heartfelt Funerals  have a large range of Traditional and Modern Urns, Keepsakes and Jewellery. Not all cremation urns are used to hold your loved one’s Ashes, instead, some Families choose them for the safe keeping of a special memory of their loved one, such as a lock of hair, item of jewellery or other special items.  Today’s urn options go well beyond function to serve as beautiful, personalized symbols that represent your loved one’s life and legacy.

Choosing the best urn for you and your loved one is a deeply personal decision, but an essential part of the memorial process. Here are a few important factors that will help you select the right type of cremation urn to memorialize your loved one.

  • Your loved ones final resting place.
  • Your budget. This can help you narrow down the selection
  • What type of material the urn is made of. Pewter, brass, ceramic, crystal, paper, wood, stone or an array of many more.
  • Do you want to keep a small portion to be placed in jewellery as a keepsake?
  • Do you want to add a photo or engraving?
  • The quantity of Ashes to be held. You may choose to keep two loved ones together.

No matter what type of urn you choose to memorialize your loved one, it will create a special and lasting memorial.

There are a number of different sizes to choose from.

  • Companion size will hold two sets of ashes,
  • Standard size will fit one set of adult ashes,
  • Small is good for splitting the ashes in half. 
  • Mini and the Keepsake sizes are ideal if ashes are being split amongst the family. This way everyone can remember their loved one in a way that is special for them.  They are ideal if you want to take a small amount of your loved ones ashes overseas to scatter at a favourite holiday spot or place of birth.

Do’s and Don’ts

  • Don’t scatter above the high tide line, if you are unsure where that is, look for the waterline or debris and seaweed near the top of the beach.
  • Try to keep the urn below waist height
  • Make sure everyone is upwind if there is a breeze.
  • Choose sunset or sunrise as you will be less likely to be disturbed.
  • If scattering on a beach you may wish to use the Trenching option.

From a boat or the shoreline or riverbank.  Some families find the presence of water after their loved one has been scatterer to be very comforting. Consider a water urn if scattering from a boat as the wind is unpredictable and often the ashes blow back and stick to the side of the boat. You may wish to scatter petals or flowers with your loved ones ashes, it also helps you follow where the current is taking them.

On a sandy beach. It is suggested to choose a spot below the high tide line, Some families choose to carve a small trench in the shape of a heart or their loved ones initials. Sprinkle their ashes into the trench, cover if you wish and wait until the tide washes the ashes away. This is a nice time to play music and tell stories and is not rushed.

On private property where it is a lot more secluded, you will have you own space and time. Your local golf course may allow your loved one’s Ashes to be scattering in a prearrange spot.  It is worth asking the question if it is important to your loved one or Family.

Scenic spots are nice to revisit over the coming years but it is very unlikely that you will get any privacy. Sunset or sunrise is a more suitable time of the day   and it won’t be so busy if your heart is set on it.