Can I Supply My Own Container For Cremated Remains?

By: Brian K. Daly
Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Cremation has become an increasingly popular option for people in the US who want to honor their loved ones' wishes while also being mindful of their budget. While cremation services and cremation costs can vary depending on location and provider, we at Ocean County Cremation Service often get one question: whether it's possible to supply your own container for cremated remains.

Can I Supply My Own Container For Cremated Remains?

In short, yes, you can supply your own container for cremated remains. However, there are a few essential considerations to keep in mind:

  • Ensure that the container you choose is appropriate for storing cremated remains. The container should be made of a durable, non-permeable material that will not break down over time or allow moisture or air to seep in. Popular options for containers include urns made of metal, wood, or ceramic and biodegradable options like bamboo or paper.
  • Note that some cremation providers may have specific requirements or restrictions on the types of containers they will accept. For example, the container must be at least 200 cu inches and have a lid but it can’t be a vase. Before purchasing a container, it's a good idea to check with your chosen cremation provider to ensure that it meets their guidelines.
  • Another consideration when supplying your own container for cremated remains is the cremation costs. While providing your own container can be a cost-saving measure, it's essential to keep in mind that the cost of the container is separate from the overall cremation costs.
  • Additionally, if you choose to purchase a container not designed for cremated remains, you may need to pay for additional services like sealing or securing the container to ensure that it is suitable for the purpose. You will have to add this to the allocated cremation costs.
  • Consider the emotional significance of the container you choose. While it's possible to use a simple, practical container to store cremated remains, many people purchase a container that reflects their loved one's personality or interests. It can help provide a sense of comfort and closure during the grieving process.

Make The Right Cremation Container Choice Based On Cremation Costs

While it is possible to supply your own container for cremated remains, keep in mind the above considerations, including cremation costs. By choosing an appropriate container that meets your cremation provider's requirements and is emotionally significant, you can ensure that your loved one's remains are handled with care and respect.

For details about our cremation services, please call Ocean County Cremation Service at 609-971-3321. You can email us through this Online Form, and we will contact you soon to discuss your requirements and provide information related to cremation costs.

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