Many people find themselves in a position where the money is tight during a funeral. No one can really plan for an unforeseen accident, or an unexpected death right? When this happens one of the most common questions is what is the least expensive way to give my family member or loved one a respectful funeral. Most often they will be told that direct cremation is the most cost effective way to manage the remains of your loved one. After that they usually feel a little bit better to know that there is still an affordable way to provide closure to family members and dignity to their loved one the next question is do we have to buy an urn for cremated remains? How much will that cost? .
These are both fantastic questions, and both more common than you might think. The short answer is no, and inexpensive. Every crematorium will package cremated remains differently however most will place the ashes into a sealed bag and then into a cardboard box. If you have a plot in the cemetery where you plan to put the ashes they can be buried directly in the cardboard that you receive them in, if you did not have anywhere in mind to inter the ashes you can simply take the cardboard box home and keep it on your mantle until you can think of something else you would like to do with them, or until you can better afford to buy a cemetery plot or other resting place for them. This kind of flexibility is only available in cases where you choose to cremate since you cannot store a casket and the deceased in your home until you can afford to bury him or her. On a tight budget this is a great option.
If you decided that you do wish to purchase an urn you have many options to choose from some of which are extremely affordable. Urns come in all shapes and sizes and all kinds of materials are used. If you are looking for an affordable option you can look at some of the ceramic, or wooden options. There are some very plain wooden boxes that look very nice, and some are also very fancy with engraved designs and what not. The ceramic urns are very nice, most look like something you would see in an antique shop or in the homes of the rich and famous. These are more affordable options compared to brass, steel, gold, silver, or other precious metals. There is no rule or law that states you need to buy your loved ones urn from the funeral home that provided the funeral or cremation either. If you were really looking for a bargain you could buy just about any container your loved one would have liked and use it. Direct cremation, and buy an urn whenever you can afford it, if you feel like it, but there is no law that states that you have to, simply leave with your cardboard box and you are all set. This is the most affordable option available