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Small Keepsake Urns for Ashes

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What is a Keepsake Urn and why do people choose these small urns?

Keepsake cremation urns can be called small urns, mini urns, keepsake urns, shared urns (sharing urns) and even token urns. These terms just refer to the size of the urn as they only hold a small portion of cremation ashes.

Sometimes cremation jewelry can also be referred to as keepsake jewelry too. This includes necklaces, rings and bracelets that hold a small amount of ashes as well as y where the ashes are incorporated in creating the jewel.

Keepsake urns can be found in a wide variety of colors, sizes, materials and styles, from mini traditional urns to more decorative items. The price of these can also range greatly from $10 a few hundred dollars.
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Why choose a small keepsake cremation urn?

Choosing a keepsake urn for ashes is the perfect choice for families wanting to store a little amount or portion of cremated remains. They can provide a sense of comfort by allowing you to keep a small portion of that special person close by your side forever.

Keepsake urns are also a common decision for families who scatter their beloved ones’ ashes but want to keep a small amount for themselves. They are also popular with families choosing to split the cremation ashes amongst family members. These are sometimes referred to as sharing keepsakes.

Keepsake urns are also often used as urns for children and infants due to their small size.
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What size is a keepsake urn?

Mini keepsake urns for human ashes can range in size from a tiny 3 cubic inches urn to a much larger, but still a small/medium urn holding 50 cubic inches.
If you are wishing to store the entire remains of an adult in one vessel you need to consider a full-size adult cremation urn.

Can Keepsake Urns for ashes be engraved?

Many keepsake urns can be engraved but we do not recommend engraving our small candle cremation urn, we have not tested this ourselves and recommend using a name plate (on a ribbon) instead.
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Why use a small Urn?

Many people have found that using a smaller urn is a better option for their loved one. Here are some reasons why it may be better:
  1. They can be placed on top of a dresser, table or nightstand.

  2. You can keep part of your loved ones ashes with you in a cremation keepsake urn. Even if you decided on interment or scattering for the majority of your beloveds ashes.

  3. If more than 1 mini urn is in rotation, the loved one can be present at multiple celebratory events or memorials at the same time.

Is it Ok to divide ashes Amongst Small Keepsake Urns?

Whilst the Vatican has ruled that Catholics are forbidden to divide ashes, everyone else is able to divide the ashes unless there is a dispute in which case you should seek legal advice.

If your special person has left instructions on what to do with their ashes, then this directive should be followed and their life wishes respected. In most instances though it is left to their family members to decide what happens to the ashes.

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Historically the deceased family members have had to decide which person would keep the memorial but these days have passed. Sharing ashes amongst family members is a beautiful way for your loved one to be remembered by everyone. This option can help families find comfort by allowing everyone to keep their loved one close by their side. This can help them feel connected to their loved one, and allows them to pay their respects privately whenever they wish without needing to attend a grave or sit by a headstone.

Keepsake urns are the ideal vessel should you decide to divide the ashes, each will contain a portion of the ashes, and the size you need will depend on how they are to be divided.

Our Candle keepsake cremation urn is a popular choice for families dividing ashes, frequently purchased as a set of three or four. (see our Human Ashes - Set of 3 or our Human Ashes - Set of 4).
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How Do You Transfer Personal Ashes To A Small Cremation Urn?

The openings on our range of keepsake urns are all quite wide but depending on the style you decide on they can be quite small and in cremation jewelry they are very small. A funnel is best used to fill urns with smaller openings.

If you are not comfortable transferring the ashes ask friends or family member to help. The funeral home should also be able transfer the ashes for you.

  1. Lay a large sheet of paper down to catch any stray ashes and make sure no items get lost.

  2. Gather everything you need; urn, a spoon, bag of ashes, a small container, a toothpick, plus a small funnel and screwdriver if required.

  3. Undo the urn, this should either screw open by hand but some smaller urns and jewelry will require a small screwdriver.

  4. Open the ashes and using the spoon transfer the ashes.
    • directly to the urn if the opening is large enough.
    • otherwise to a small container (it is easier with only a small portion of ashes).
    • If the opening is very small and for jewelry you may need to separate the finer particles from the larger ones to ensure they fit in the opening. To do this use a spoon to put some ashes on the paper and separate.

  5. Place the funnel into the opening and spoon in the cremated remains.

  6. Clear and ashes from the thread using the toothpick.

  7. The cap should easily screw back on/in.

  8. How Do You Seal A keepsake Urn?
    This is not necessary with many small urns as they have a secure fastening but if you want to permanently seal the urn for added peace of mind then you will need to use a liquid adhesive (suited to the urn material), spread by the toothpick when the screw is screwed in about 80% and close immediately.

  9. Wipe your urn with a soft cloth to remove any stray ashes and fingerprints.

  10. Return any stray ashes.
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Are urns only for ashes?

No, an urn is just a container. Whilst originally designed and purchased for storing human ashes, they can be used to keep other mementoes safe too, whether this is a lock of hair or the possessions of the deceased.

It is not uncommon for there to be empty space in the urn when you have transferred the ashes, you can add any mementos you wish that will fit in this space. We recommend to keep the ashes in a plastic bag if this is the case you can easily access the keepsakes at a later date should you wish to. .

Also, if you purchase an urn and later scatter the ashes, the urn is a perfect place to store mementos of your loved one. This could be a watch, jewelry, photographs or something else sentimental to you that is kept within their memorial.

Did You Know?

Small Cremation Urns for Human Ashes are also used by many animal lovers as pet urns too.
Some people spoil their pets whilst alive, treating them as family so why wouldn't they continue that tradition after their passing?
Our mini tea-light urns are often purchased by people for use as a cat or dog urn.