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  • Why It Might Be Time to Upgrade Your Cremation Urn

    by Lifesong Staff January 31, 2024 4 min read

    Why It Might Be Time to Upgrade Your Cremation Urn - LifeSong Milestones

    When it comes to honoring the memory of a loved one who has passed away, a cremation urn can serve as a lasting tribute. Over time, our tastes and preferences evolve, and so does the durability and functionality of urns. If you find yourself questioning whether it's time to upgrade your current cremation urn, you're not alone. This article will explore the reasons why upgrading your urn could be a smart and meaningful decision.

    1. Your Personal Taste Has Changed - As we progress through life, our personal tastes and preferences naturally change. It may be a good idea to get a new urn that brings better aligns with your preferences. Upgrading your cremation urn allows you to select a design that better reflects the personality and unique qualities of your loved one. Whether you opt for a sleek and modern urn, an intricately carved piece, or a customized design, upgrading offers an opportunity to express your loved one's essence in a more meaningful and personal way.

    2. You Found A Better Design - When someone is cremated there may not be much time to search for the right urn. Sometimes, people are given a plain and generic urn from the crematory. There are many different urns to choose from, like shadow boxes, large companion urns, small wall urns, photo urns, candle urns, and even lantern urns like the wooden urn below.

    LifeSong Milestones Personalized Memorial Candle Votive Lantern Urn When Tomorrow Starts holds 81 cu in

    So, if you find the perfect urn later, know it’s easy to switch the ashes out even after an urn has been sealed. Read the article, “How to Find a Cremation Urn That Fits Your Needs,” before making your final choice.

    3. It’s Worn Down - As urns get passed down from generation to generation, wear and tear can affect the appearance and functionality of cremation urns. Upgrading to a new urn provides an opportunity to choose a higher-quality material, such as marble, brass, or stainless steel, which not only enhances durability but also ensures the preservation of your loved one's ashes. Investing in a more durable urn ensures its longevity and safeguards the memories for generations to come.

    4. It’s Too Cheap - If the cheap urn that you bought at the time of cremation was all you could afford, you may be able to honor your loved one in a better way now Some of the cheaper urns have no markings for identification or can’t be engraved. Consider upgrading and giving your loved one an urn they are worthy of.

    5. There Are Increased Customization Options Now - The advancement of technology and craftsmanship has expanded the range of customization options available for cremation urns. Upgrading allows you to explore various personalization choices, including engraving the urn with your loved one's name, dates, a meaningful quote, or even a cherished photograph. Customizing the urn adds a personal touch and creates a unique memorial that captures the essence of your loved one's life. This 10x10” urn below allows you to add your beloved’s name and dates.

    LifeSong Milestones Personalized Wooden Memorial Shadow Box Urn for Human Ashes - When Tomorrow Starts

    6. Accommodating Changing Needs - As time passes, our circumstances may change. Perhaps you initially selected a smaller urn for a temporary memorial or opted for a keepsake-sized urn to distribute ashes among family members. However, as the years go by, you may feel the need for a larger or more prominent urn to honor your loved one. Or maybe several family members want to split the ashes up into smaller keepsake urns, like the 6”x6” wooden urn below.

    LifeSong Milestones Memorial Wooden Cremation Urn Box for Human Ashes

    Perhaps the deceased’s partner died and wanted to be with their loved one. LifeSong Milestones carries companion cremation urn boxes so two people can rest side by side in peace together. This wooden urn even showcases a picture of the couple and can be personalized with both names and dates.

    Personalized Extra Large Companion Urn Wooden Cremation Urn Box - In Loving Memory (Butterfly)

    7. Want The Urn To Match Your New Home Décor - Cremation urns are not limited to being tucked away on a shelf or stored in a closet. Modern urns offer a variety of display options that allow you to showcase the memorial in a way that feels meaningful to you and your family. From elegant glass-front display cases to beautiful urn pedestals, upgrading provides an opportunity to create a visually stunning and personalized tribute that can be integrated into your home décor.

    8. Healing and Closure - Grieving is a personal journey, and finding closure can be a significant part of the healing process. Upgrading your cremation urn can be a cathartic experience, providing a sense of closure and allowing you to focus on the positive memories of your loved one. The act of selecting a new urn that better represents your loved one’s life can be a therapeutic step towards accepting and honoring their memory.

    9. Celebrating A Death Anniversary - The dreaded anniversary of a loved one’s death can be turned into a celebration if you chose to honor your loved one by getting a new urn or redoing their memorial shelf. It gives you something to do and feel good about on that day. You could invite family members over to transfer the ashes and clean the shelf together.


    Deciding to upgrade your cremation urn is a deeply personal and meaningful choice. It allows you to reflect on the legacy of your loved one and create a memorial that truly represents their life. From increased customization options to enhanced durability and style, upgrading offers a range of benefits that can enhance the memorial experience for you and for future generations. As you consider upgrading, take the time to explore different urn options and consult with professionals who can help guide you through the process. Remember that the decision to upgrade is a testament to your loved one. Commit to keeping the memory of your loved one alive in a way that resonates with your evolving needs and desires.

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