FAQ

Urn Towers FAQ

How do I obtain an Urn tower?

As with ground burials your funeral director will reserve an Urn Tower in your local cemetery where Urn Towers are provided as an option for holding Urns.

What if my local cemetery does not provide Urn Towers as an option, what can I do then?

Many graveyard managers are willing to consider providing new options if they are contacted.  Urn Towers Ltd are working on raising the awareness with graveyard managers of the Urn Tower as an option for keeping Urns. However if you would like to enquire about having an Urn Tower for private family use outside of a graveyard please contact us to discuss what options are available.

Who has access to place an urn in an Urn Tower?

The Urn Tower is securely locked using unique locking bolts. Only the graveyard manager will have the unlocking tool.  Once you are ready to place the Urn into the Urn Tower you will coordinate with the graveyard manager to open the Urn Tower to allow placement of the Urn inside.

What options do I have regarding the inscription on the outside of the Urn Tower?

Inscription on the Urn Tower is done on a removable Plaque using a Co2 Laser engraver. The Laser engraver has the ability to engrave using any fonts which are normally available on most document publishing software.  The engraving will result in a black colour engraving.  Once the engraving is complete it is attached to the Urn Tower using the same security locking bolts.

What happens if I need to increase the holding capacity of my family Urn Tower?

One of the great advantages of using an Urn Tower is that in the event you wish to increase the holding capacity of your Urn Tower you can easily do so.  The Urn Tower can be extended by the addition of an additional chamber which is attached to your existing tower.  You should contact your cemetery manager to arrange this.

Are there any restrictions on the size of urn that can be placed in an Urn Tower?

The Urn Tower is designed to hold an urn of 8 inches wide x 10 inches high (20 cm x 25cm). This will facilitate the vast majority of urns readily available from your undertaker / crematorium.

What If I want to relocate my Urn Tower?

From time to time people move location due to a variety of reasons.  With the Urn Tower it is possible to take the Urn Tower with you to a new location.  The Urn Tower can be released from its current location and reinstalled in a new location.  You would need to be aware however that if installing the Urn Tower in a new cemetery it might be more efficient to take only the Urns and plaques with you to the new cemetery since the new cemetery will have a different locking bolts uses there.

What happens if I want to use an Urn Tower outside of a cemetery?

If you wish to use an Urn Tower outside of a location where the Urn Tower is provided as an option for storing Urns you should contact Urn Towers Ltd. ( www.urntowers.com ) to discuss your needs. We will be happy to assist where ever possible.

What can be done with the cremated remains?
 
With cremation, your options are numerous. The cremains can be interred in a cemetery plot, i.e., earth burial, retained by a family member, usually in an urn, scattered on private property, or at a place that was significant to the deceased. (It would always be advisable to check for local regulations regarding scattering in a public place.) Cremation is just one step in the commemorative process—the preparation of the human remains for memorialization. Today, there are many different types of memorial options from which to choose. Memorialization is a time-honored tradition that has been practiced for centuries. A memorial serves as a tribute to a life lived and provides a focal point for remembrance, as well as a record for future generations. The type of memorial you choose is a personal decision. The limit is set only by your imagination.

Why is having a place to visit so important?

Because it provides a focal point for memorializing the deceased. To remember, and be remembered, are natural human needs. Throughout human history, memorialization of the dead has been a key component of almost every culture. The Washington Monument, Tomb of the Unknowns and Vietnam “Wall” in Washington, D.C are examples of memorialization which demonstrate that, throughout our history, we have always honoured our dead. Psychologists say that remembrance practices, from the funeral or memorial service to permanent memorialization, serve an important emotional function for survivors by helping to bring closure and allowing the healing process to begin. Providing a permanent resting place for the deceased is a dignified treatment for a loved one’s mortal remains, which fulfills the natural human desire for memorialization.

If I'm going to be cremated, why would I want my remains to be placed in a columbarium, or interred or scattered at the cemetery? Why shouldn't I just have them scattered in the sea or in some other place of my choosing?

 
As long as it is permitted by local regulations, the cremated remains can be scattered in a place that is meaningful to you. This can, however, present difficulties for your survivors. Some people may find it hard to simply pour the mortal remains of a loved one out onto the ground or into the sea. If you wish to be scattered somewhere, it is therefore important to discuss your wishes ahead of time with the person or persons who will actually have to do the scattering. Another difficulty with scattering can occur when the remains are disposed of in an anonymous, unmarked or public place. Access to the area may be restricted for some reason in the future, undeveloped land may be developed, or any of a host of other conditions may arise that could make it difficult for your survivors to visit the site to remember you. Even if your cremated remains are scattered in your backyard, what happens if your survivors relocate sometime in the future? Once scattered, cremated remains cannot easily be collected back up. Having your remains placed, interred or scattered on a cemetery’s grounds ensures that future generations will have a place to go to remember. If remains are scattered somewhere outside the cemetery, many cemeteries will allow you to place a memorial of some type on the cemetery grounds, so survivors have a place to visit that will always be maintained and preserved.

Further Information About Cremation