How Are Urns Sealed?

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When loved ones pass away, they are either cremated or buried. When people are cremated, their remains become ashes. Some families opt to scatter the ashes, but others want to have something by which to remember the loved one. In this case, the remains are put into an urn, or a receptacle where the ashes will remain. Once an urn is sealed, it is seldom reopened, as it becomes the final resting place of a loved one.

1 Wood Urns

Some urns are made of wood. These come in various sizes, colors and types of wood. They are all typically sealed using threaded lids. A clear glue can be put on the ends of the threads to ensure the immovability of the lid.

2 Marble Urns

Marble urns can be easily sealed using any type of clear adhesive. Often, these simple adhesives are already in the home. If they are not, they can be purchased at any hardware or crafts store.

3 Metal Urns

Metal urns, like wooden urns, sometimes are sealed using threads. However, the lids may screw shut instead. To ensure that a screw-top lid never comes off, a person can apply a clear adhesive to the tracks in the lid.

4 Keepsake Urns

Keepsake urns are like pieces of jewelry that can be worn or carried around. These are typically sealed with a plug that, once used, can never be removed. This ensures that the remains of the loved one are safely contained no matter where the carrier takes them.

5 Other Sealing Methods

A canister filled with cremated remains can be placed in an urn, and the urn then can be sealed using an adhesive, as described previously.

Natalie Saar began writing professionally at the age of 19. She majored in journalism and her writing has appeared in the magazine "Generation WHY" as well as "The Clause" newspaper. Saar graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor of Arts in media and cultural studies.