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You Broke The Cremation Urn—Now What?

Published: March 20, 2023
by Edline-Yahn & Covington Funeral Chapel
Kent, WA cremation services

You never want it to happen, but life flows and you can’t predict what might occur. After your loved one’s Kent, WA cremation services, you might take their urn  home with you, either permanently or just until you decide what you want to do with your loved one’s remains. If the urn is disturbed and breaks, what should you do? The initial shock will freeze you in place, but when you are ready to take action, here’s what to do.

Close Windows, Turn Off Fan/Air

The first thing you want to do is shut off any airflow in the house. Turn off the fans, the air, and close the vents. Also, close any windows that might let in a breeze. You want the room to be as stagnant as possible so your loved one’s remains aren’t spread around.

Remove Broken Urn Pieces

Pick up the broken urn pieces and brush or wipe the remains on the urn into the pile that exists. You can then dispose of the urn as you won’t be able to use it again. Or, you can glue it back together and use it as a keepsake. Once the broken pieces are out of the way, you can move around a bit more safely, but you are still going to want to take care around the remains.

Gather Remains Into A Temporary Container

Scoop up as many of the remains you can and place them in a temporary container. It might be a cardboard box, Tupperware, a cookie jar, a tackle box, or anything large enough to hold the remains you have on hand. This is just temporary, do don’t feel like you have to have something super nice for the interim.

Buy A New, Sturdy Urn

Contact the cremation provider, or go online. You can get an urn from them right away, or order something from the provider or an online vendor. As you look at the options, you might want something similar to what you already had, or you might want to get something that is more sturdy, given the situation you are in now. A sturdy urn that won’t break could be something made of metal, wood, or something else that won’t break if it is tipped again.

Have The Remains Transferred

Once you have the new urn, you can take the temporary container and the new urn back to the cremation provider and they will transfer the remains from one to the other for you so you don’t have anything further to worry about.

When you are trying to honor a loved one, you want to give them a reputable, honorable resting place after their Kent, WA cremation services. The last thing you want is for anything to disturb their urn, but things happen. If the urn breaks, you can always contact the cremation provider for help, advice, and to purchase a new urn. They are there for whatever situations arise—they have seen it all, and they are there to help.

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