Urn Options in Ottawa

Catholic Cemeteries of Ottawa-Cornwall offers a range of urn options for preserving your loved one’s legacy.

Types of Urns

We understand that choosing a suitable urn to memorialize your loved one is a profoundly personal and meaningful decision. Our urn selections in Ottawa are crafted with care and reverence to cater to diverse needs:


  • Traditional Urns: For those who appreciate timelessness, our traditional urns come in various materials, such as wood, marble, and brass. These classic designs provide a sense of permanence and dignity.
  • Companion Urns: For couples or close family members wishing to remain together, our companion urns offer a touching way to share eternity.
  • Cremation Jewelry: Carry your loved one’s memory wherever you go by holding some of their ashes in wearable keepsakes, like pendants or bracelets.
  • Biodegradable Urns: If you prefer an environmentally friendly option, we offer biodegradable urns that naturally return ashes to the earth.

Materials and Designs

Selecting the right materials and designs for your loved one’s urn in Ottawa is about creating a meaningful and lasting tribute. Think about the memory of your loved one to guide you in choosing a suitable option, whether it’s marble, brass, or companion urns. Our compassionate staff is here to guide you through the urn selection process, ensuring your loved one’s spirit is reflected and honoured with dignity and reverence.

Size and Capacity

Choosing the size and capacity for your loved one’s urn is a significant aspect of creating a fitting and meaningful memorial. At Catholic Cemeteries of Ottawa-Cornwall, we understand the importance of this decision and offer a range of options to suit your needs.


  1. First, it’s essential to consider the intended location for the urn. If you plan to place it in a niche or a dedicated spot within a mausoleum, you may need to adhere to certain size restrictions. Our team can guide you with these requirements.
  2. Next, think about the amount of ashes you wish to accommodate. Standard urns typically hold around 200 to 250 cubic inches of cremated remains. However, we offer various sizes, including more miniature keepsake urns for those who want to keep a portion of the ashes.
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Personalization Options

Each individual is unique, and personalizing the urn is a meaningful way to celebrate your loved one’s life. Some ways you might choose to personalize their tributes include:


  • Custom Engravings: Consider adding custom engravings to the urn, such as your loved one’s name, birth and passing dates, or a special message that holds sentimental value. Engravings can be elegantly etched onto various materials, including wood, marble, and brass, creating a lasting tribute that reflects your loved one’s personality.
  • Artwork and Symbols: Express your loved one’s interests, passions, or faith through artwork and symbols. Whether it’s a religious icon, a hobby emblem, or a favourite flower, these elements can be incorporated into the urn’s design, making it a unique reflection of their life.

Cultural and Religious Considerations

Respecting cultural and religious traditions is often fundamental to memorializing a loved one at Catholic Cemeteries of Ottawa-Cornwall. We recognize the importance of accommodating diverse beliefs and practices and are committed to providing options that honour various cultural and religious considerations.

If cremation has restrictions or is forbidden as part of your faith, we’ll provide guidance and support to help you choose a memorial service that aligns with those values.

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Frequently Asked Questions

An urn is a container designed to hold the cremated remains of a deceased person. It is a dignified and respectful vessel for the ashes following cremation. Urns serve as a final resting place, allowing families to memorialize their loved ones in a meaningful way. Urns also provide a physical and symbolic connection to the departed, offering comfort and closure while preserving the memory of the person who has passed away.
To determine the right size of an urn for your loved one’s ashes, consider both the intended location and the quantity of cremated remains. If you plan to place the urn in a niche or specific memorial space, check any size restrictions imposed by the cemetery or mausoleum. Our staff can guide you through this process.
Urns are crafted from various materials to suit individual preferences and needs. Common materials include wood, brass, and marble.
Yes, you can personalize an urn with engraving and other elements to create a unique and meaningful tribute.
Yes, at Catholic Cemeteries of Ottawa-Cornwall, we offer eco-friendly urns that are crafted from sustainable materials. They are designed to naturally break down over time once buried in the ground, minimizing the ecological impact and returning the ashes to the earth.
To ensure an urn suits religious or cultural preferences, consult your religious leaders or clergy members for guidance. You can also research these traditions or ask our cemetery staff for advice.
When choosing the right urn, consider factors like material, size and capacity, personalization options, and cultural and religious traditions. Additionally, it’s essential to select an urn that resonates emotionally and symbolically, honouring your loved one’s memory while providing comfort and closure to you and your family.