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Preserving Memories: How to Display an Urn at Home & the Memorial Service

After acquiring the perfect memorial for your loved one, the next step is to determine how to display an urn at a memorial service, as well as in your home.

We have over a decade of experience creating custom urns that double as one-of-a-kind art pieces. Our personalized urns are worthy of display in the most prestigious galleries, so you can be sure they’ll bring beauty to your space. 

As a company that’s reimagining how end-of-life procedures are done, we’d be honored to provide some inspiration as you plan the placement of your loved one’s ashes. Of course, this is a deeply personal step, so we encourage you to follow your heart first and foremost.

How to Display an Urn at Home

First, here are some suggestions for at-home displays.

1. Design a Themed Memorial

A custom urn of a white piano

One-of-a-kind urns are especially poignant when displayed alongside other items that tell your loved one’s story.

For example, one of our music urns would be right at home placed on top of a piano next to a record player with your loved one’s favorite album ready to play whenever you feel like reminiscing.

Similarly, sports urns can be placed alongside trophies, medals, ribbons, and other memorabilia that highlight the athlete’s accomplishments or favorite team.

Think about artifacts and knick-knacks that your loved one would have appreciated. This type of display will honor their memory and remind you of the unique passions that your loved one held dear.

2. Complement Your Home Décor

The Vesper cremation urn on a table with books and a plant

As you consider how to display an urn at home, start by looking around your space. While it’s important to think about how to display an urn at a memorial service, your first priority should be choosing the perfect spot where you live. After all, that’s where the urn will remain for many years to come.

If your urn doesn’t already complement your interior design, you could acquire other accent pieces to tie the space together. For example, if you were displaying one of our modern urns made from bronze, you could surround it with metal candle holders and vases.

Or, say you’re displaying one of our animal urns. You could make it the centerpiece and surround it with statues and figurines of other animals your loved one adored.

3. Place Your Urn in a Traditional Location

As you determine how to display an urn at home, you may want to consider simply placing it in a traditional location where it can stand on its own as a meaningful art piece. It’s up to you to decide if you’d prefer it in a prominent location where you can always feel your loved one’s presence or in a subtle location where you can visit it whenever you’re in the mood.

Here are some of the most common locations for displaying an urn.

  • On a bookshelf
  • In a glass cabinet
  • On the mantle of a fireplace
  • On a bedside table
  • On a memorial table
  • On a wall shelf
  • On a corner table

How to Display an Urn at a Memorial Service

Now that you have some ideas for how to display an urn at home, let’s focus on the memorial service.

1. Create a Themed Memorial Table

Similar to the themed memorial above, you could surround the urn with other relevant items that showcase your loved one’s passions and personality. For example, one of our beach urns would be right at home next to seashells, sand dollars, and their favorite sunglasses.

2. Design an Elegant Spread

A bouquet of flowers on a table

For a more traditional approach, you could drape a table in an elegant cloth and surround the urn with candles, flowers, and photos of your loved one. You could provide stationary at the door so guests can leave remembrance notes on the table. On the same page, providing an open guestbook can also give friends and family a place to share their thoughts.

Contact Us for Personalized Guidance

As you navigate the ins and outs of how to display an urn at home and at a memorial service, please know that we’re here for you. For unique urn ideas and display suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact us anytime. Celebrate and honor a life well lived with unique, personalized urns by Foreverence.

Author Bio

Pete Saari is the founder and CEO of Foreverence, a revolutionary company that utilizes 3D printing technologies to create fully customized, one-of-a-kind urns.

His entrepreneurial background and creative spirit are the driving forces behind a reimagination of how end-of-life choices are made in the modern era. Foreverence focuses on celebrating and honoring legacies through artistic pieces that tell the story of a life well lived.

Foreverence has hand-crafted and hand-finished cremation sculptures for people (and pets) from all walks of life, honoring the lives of celebrities like Prince and family and friends.

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