Cremains are exactly what they sound like – what remains after cremating a body. It’s a common misunderstanding that your loved ones’ remains are ‘ashes’. Typically, cremains are grainy in texture, much like sand that has bits of quartz rock in it.
Many people think that cremains require an urn for storage. However, family members may place a loved ones’ cremains in many types of containers, and don’t have to purchase a container through the funeral home. If you choose this option, you will want to discuss with your funeral director what size receptacle you will need to bring, and the director should be able to transfer your loved ones’ cremains into your container for you.