Cremation Keepsakes to Consider

By: Anderson Funeral Home
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Cremation Keepsakes to Consider

With cremation becoming increasingly popular in recent years, many people are exploring new ways to use the “cremains”, or ashes, to remember a loved one. Cremation keepsakes allow you to preserve your loved one’s memory in an item that can be a part of your daily life.

The Urn

The cremation urn is the traditional vessel for storing cremated remains. Urns come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and materials. Family members can divide the ashes between several small urns that they can each take home. Of course, the larger traditional urn is still an option as well. Urns come in a variety of materials and finishes, and they can also feature a custom engraving.


A newer trend is to have a piece of jewelry made with a small portion of the ashes hidden inside. Hearts, crosses, lockets, and even small cylinders are suspended from a decorative chain. The necklace or bracelet charm is hollow and filled with some of the loved one’s cremains. The jewelry is tasteful, and nobody other than yourself will know that you are wearing a cremation keepsake. It’s a nice way to keep someone you loved close to your heart.

Key Chains

Keychains are also a common form for cremation keepsakes. Like bracelets and necklaces, a keychain will have a cylinder filled with the ashes of your loved one. They are sturdy enough that you won’t have to worry about them breaking open.


Of course, you can find cremation keepsakes in many other forms, including paperweights and decorative items. A beautiful sculpture or piece of art can hold your loved one’s remains. A tower of stacked rocks may be an urn in disguise and sit nestled on your shelf next to a picture of your loved one.

There are many different ways to keep cremated remains with you and to display them. You can go with a traditional urn or a modern day twist on an urn. You might wear the cremains in a necklace or bracelet or display them as art at home. These are just some of the many cremation keepsakes to choose from to help you remember your loved one.

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