10 Frequently Asked Cremation Questions

In this article we have put together the most commonly asked questions regarding cremation urns. We hope this blog will inform you of everything you need to know about urns for ashes. 

1) What are urns for ashes used for?

Cremation urns for ashes are a vessel used to home your loved one’s ashes after they have been cremated, which can be personalised to your particular liking with design, shape, material and colours. 

2) Do cremation urns need to be sealed?

We recommend that some of our cremation urns, such as some ceramics, are to be sealed using the gorilla super glue gel that can be found on our website under accessories. Other cremation urns have a threaded lid, which means they do not need to be sealed with glue as the threaded lid acts as a robust closing mechanism. 

3) Can you put ashes in an urn yourself?

Absolutely. You have the option to put your loved one’s ashes into your choice of cremation urn yourself, or have a funeral director place your cherished one’s ashes into the urn for you. 

4) Do you have to keep ashes in an urn?

There is no right or wrong way to store your dearly departed’s ashes. The options are endless with what you choose to do with your loved one. If you are looking for further inspiration, you can visit our inspiration blogs to help you decide what option is best for you. 

5) Is it illegal to spread or scatter ashes?

No. In the UK it is completely legal to pretty much scatter or spread your loved one’s ashes anywhere you please. Although, in some cases you may need to contact a landowner for permission to see if it is safe to do so with the environment agency. 

6) Are ashes loose in a cremation urn?

Not necessarily, After your loved one has been cremated, their cremains will be placed into a bag, inside of a temporary urn. The reason for this is so that it is easier for yourself or the funeral director to transfer your cherished one’s ashes into their permanent cremation urn of your choice. 

You have the option of whether you want to pour the ashes directly into the urn itself, or place the bag containing the ashes into the urn of your choice. Our biodegradable urns come with a biodegradable bag that you would store your loved one's ashes in. 

7) How do you scatter ashes on land?

Make sure you have permission from the landowner if it is private land beforehand. It would be advisable to avoid a windy day too. The easiest way to scatter your loved one’s ashes would be to place them into a scattering tube and let the wind slowly cast them away into nature. 

If you are looking for scattering tubes with plenty of different sizes and designs, our collection has plenty of options to choose from that are suitable to anyone’s tastes. 

Pictured below is our Rainbow River Eco Friendly Scattering Tube For Ashes.

8) What to do with your urn after spreading/scattering your loved one’s ashes?

After scattering your loved one’s ashes, thinking about what to do with the empty urn could be a tedious thought process. There are many different things you can do with your empty urn. For example, you could reuse your urn and keep it in the family. 

You may like to keep the urn as a keepsake for your loved one. If you purchased an eco friendly and biodegradable urn you could bury the urn into land for it to meld into the earth. The same goes for a water soluble urn, it can be dropped into a body of water to disperse slowly. 

We recommend our water soluble, biodegradable and eco friendly land and water burial urns

Pictured below is some of our land & water burial urns. Eden Biodegradable Urn For Ashes & Embark Round Biodegradable Urn For Ashes

Eden Biodegradable Land Burial Cremation Urn
Embark Round Biodegradable Urn For Ashes

9) How deep does an urn need to be buried?

The depth you are suggested to bury a cremation urn is three feet deep. If this cannot be obtained, it is recommended that it should be at least 12 inches deep. 

10) Where do you bury cremated remains?

There are many different options of places for your loved one’s ashes to be buried. For example, a cemetery plot, your garden, a special place of your loved one’s or maybe even a columbarium. The options are endless as there are no laws against burying human cremation ashes.

We hope that this article has enlightened you more of the possibilities that there is to take with your loved one's ashes and cremation urns. 

If you have any further questions or queries please visit our other articles which are linked below.

Or feel free to contact us and we can help guide you through this difficult time.

We also advise each family to take a look at our Bereavement Support guide.

Phone Number: 0161 533 0805

Email: contact@urnsforangels.com