Statistics show more and more people are turning to cremation rather than traditional burial, and while some loved ones are choosing to inter the cremated remains, still more are opting to keep the cremains in their homes as a lasting memorial to their loved one. Choosing a spot for your loved one’s urn isn’t always easy, but there are a few tips that can help you decide on the ideal location.
First, Choose the Room
Some people opt for a room that’s regularly used by family members and guests while others may decide on a more private location, like a bedroom or study. You may also want to choose a room where your loved one enjoyed spending time or where special memories were created.
Match the Style of the Urn to the Room’s Decor and Function
Cremation urns are available in a wide variety of materials and styles. Certainly, you want the urn to be a part of the room’s decor, but the objective is to choose a style that enhances that decor and blends in rather than looking out of place. For instance, a bamboo urn or chest might be a great choice for a room with an Asian or Eastern flair, while the Splendor or Dream urn might lend well with a classic or contemporary space.
Of course, you might also match the material and style of the urn to the loved one’s lifestyle, hobbies or personality, and that selection process can also be helpful in determining the best location for your loved one’s remains.
Make Sure the Location is Out of the Way of Traffic
Most urns are made of breakable materials. While you may want to be sure the urn is visible, it’s important to choose a location where the urn isn’t likely to be knocked over. Be sure the table or other surface is well supported to avoid accidental topples.
Do You Want to Create a Memorial Space?
Some people prefer to allow the urn to stand on its own while others like to create an entire memorial space that incorporates the urn as well as photos, jewelry, awards and other keepsakes that tell a story about the loved one’s life, accomplishments and interests. You can also use the memorial space as a place for others to leave tokens, like letters or artwork, and you can even decorate it for holidays and other special occasions.
Candles (especially those that are nonflammable and battery-operated) or a dedicated dimly-lit lamp can provide the perfect ambience in a memorial space.
If You’re into Feng Shui
Feng Shui is a style of decorating that seeks to create harmony within your home by very precise placement of objects and furniture, and these principles even extend to the ideal placement of a cremation urn. Ideally, you want to place the urn in a location with high positive energy.
Generally, that means in a home that faces east, northeast, southeast or southwest, the urn should be placed in a room in the northeast or northwest area of the home. Homes that face west, south, north or northwest should have urns placed in a room in the north or south area of the home. In any case, it’s important to display the urn in a visible area rather than keeping it behind the closed doors of a cupboard or cabinet.
Where you decide to place your loved one’s urn is a personal decision, and one that can provide you with feelings of closeness and comfort. Take your time and don’t be afraid to change locations in the future. The simple act of selecting a spot is a clear demonstration of your love and devotion to one who’s passed. Contact Boston Cremation today for more information about funeral urns and how to display them after a loved one’s passing.