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American Custom Urns handcrafts quality cremation urns and keepsakes while offering affordable and unique options for every household.  Our products are proudly handmade in the USA.

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Cremation Blog

Blog posts about the cremation industry, ash scattering, cremation urns and more.

Selecting an Urn

Jacob Holley

Customers often tell us that they feel overwhelmed by the process of choosing the perfect urn for a loved one.  This is a feeling that is understandable given the fact that most people aren't very familiar with cremations or cremation urns.  Here are a few quick notes on how to select the best urn for you or your loved one.

Decide what you will be doing with the ashes.

Making a decision on what will be done with the ashes is an important first step.  Will you be burying them in an urn inside a vault, keeping them in an urn in your home, scattering all of the ashes, or keeping some and scattering the rest?  The options are many, but once you decide what you would like to do with the ashes you can begin to take the decision making process to the next step.

Determine what size cremation vessel you will need.

One of the most common questions we are asked is "what size urn do I need?"  The rule of thumb here is that one pound of live weight equals one cubic inch of ash.  Therefore, if an urn states that it has a capacity of 200 cubic inches, that particular urn will only hold up to a 200-pound individual.  At American Custom Urns, we offer three sizes of urns: Small (140 cubic inches), Standard (240 cubic inches), and Large/Companion (530 cubic inches).  Both our small and standard sizes fit inside standard size burial vaults, making them ideal for burial or display.

The other consideration here is whether you are going to scatter any of the ashes or place any of the ashes in a keepsake.  ACU offers two sizes of scattering tubes: Small (1.5 cubic inches) or Large (10 cubic inches).  These scattering tubes can be engraved and are also excellent keepsake items.  Another option is a commemorative cross that can be beautifully displayed in your home.  Each keepsake hole on our commemorative crosses holds 1 cubic inch of ash.

Select the style and customization options.

There are many varieties of urns available for purchase.  American Custom Urns specializes in handmade wooden box urns.  Each of our products are custom-made from high quality materials, so each one is guaranteed to be a one-of-a-kind urn.

There are many varieties of wood available that will help create the aesthetic appeal you desire.  At ACU, you will find options such as cherry, mahogany, and walnut.  ACU always encourages you to add personalized options to the urn as well.  We can accomodate anything from simple laser engraved initials to complex images with text and hand-painted images.

ACU strives to simplify the urn selection process by providing simple and elegant items that can be customized to your taste.  For any questions about the urn selection process, you can contact me, Jacob Holley, at jacob@americancustomurns.com.

The Advantages of Purchasing Urns Online

Jacob Holley

Those of us who have lost loved ones know that the days after such a loss involve a wide range of emotional moments and events.  Many are quickly forced into making a multitude of decisions, often feeling overwhelmed by the gravity and finality of it all.  Traditionally, the family will have to select an urn or casket from the funeral home during those tumultuous hours and are left hoping that they have made a decision that would meet the approval of their loved one.

There are new options available now, with many cremation urns available for purchase online.  One of the primary advantages of looking somewhere other than the funeral home is the wide selection of urns available.  At American Custom Urns, we specialize in handmade wooden box urns, but there are many options available.  With such a wide selection available, you can ensure that you are selecting an urn that is ideal for your loved one.

Another advantage of purchasing a cremation urn online is that you can truly personalize the urn (with more than just a plaque).  ACU offers custom laser engraving andwe also have an artist who does beautifully hand-painted images at your request.  These options often are not available through the funeral home.

One of the primary and most distinctive differences that you will notice immediately is the difference in cost.  By buying directly from a website such as ACU, you are purchasing directly from the manufacturer, which creates a tremendous amount of savings.  A quick look through our selection will show you that we build far superior urns when compared to those on the shelves of your local funeral home.  When you factor in that our urns are a fraction of the cost, purchasing from ACU becomes an easy decision.

One main reservation that many folks have is that they are worried that they have to purchase an urn and other services from the funeral home or crematorium performing the cremation.  Luckily, this is not the case.  The Federal Trade Commission stipulates that funeral homes cannot refuse certain services or increase the price of those services if you choose to purchase an urn from another business. 

American Custom Urns also ships all urns within 3 business days, ensuring that you will have the urn soon after placing the order.  That is a promise that we stand behind with a money back guarantee. 

With all of the difficult decisions involved in the loss of a loved one, at least one decision will be simple: ordering a custom, hand-made urn from American Custom Urns.