Urns have been used by civilizations as far back as 7000 BC. They were especially popular in ancient Greece and Rome where cremation urns were commonly used. These urns were typically very lavishly adorned with hand painted scenes or geometric designs.
In modern times, cremation urns can be as simple as a hand-made clay vessel or vases made out of bronze, stone, wood or other special materials and adorned with precious stones, paintings or etchings. Some urns are even made out of bio-degradable materials and seeded such that a tree can grow from the urn's burial site.
Of course, it is entirely up to the family whether they would like to bury the urn, scatter the ashes and dispose of the urn or have a keepsake urn.
Ancient Greek Urn
Ancient Roman Urn
At J. E. Guide's Funeral Home & Crematorium Limited, all clients who choose a cremation service are given their loved one's ashes in a hand-made clay urn. We also have a wide variety of ornate keepsake urns, should family members want something a little special.
Families can also request that the Funeral Home dispose of the ashes. If this is the family's wish, a formal request must be signed by the person responsible for the arrangements and we will then dispose of the ashes in the ocean in accordance with the Laws of Trinidad and Tobago under the Cremation Act.