Can I Supply My Own Container For Cremated Remains?

By: Tom Gallagher
Friday, April 28, 2023

As the cost of traditional funerals skyrockets, more and more people are turning to cremation as a budget-friendly alternative that still honors their loved ones' final wishes. However, at Thomas Gallagher Funeral Home, we're frequently asked by many customers that choose cremation in CT whether they can provide their own container for the remains.

Can I Provide A Container For The Cremated Remains?

You can certainly provide your own container for cremated remains. But before you do, there are some crucial factors you should consider:

  • Make sure to select a container that's a suitable fit for storing cremated remains. The container should be crafted from a sturdy, non-permeable material that won't deteriorate over time or permit moisture or air infiltration. Opt for a popular pick such as a metal, wood, or ceramic urn, or explore eco-friendly alternatives like bamboo or paper.
  • It's worth noting that certain cremation providers may have specific regulations or limitations regarding the kind of containers they can allow for cremated remains. For instance, the container should have a lid, be a minimum of 200 cubic inches in size, and can't be in the form of a vase. To avoid mishaps, verifying with your selected cremation provider that your preferred container meets their guidelines before making any purchases is wise.
  • When you decide to supply your own container for cremated remains, it's essential to bear in mind that the cost of the container is distinct from the overall cremation expenses. While furnishing your container could help you save money, consider the additional cost of the container itself.
  • Moreover, choose a container specifically intended for cremated remains. You may have to pay extra for services such as sealing or securing the container to make it appropriate for this purpose. This additional cost will need to be included in your overall budget for the cremation.

Planned Cremation in CT

When selecting a container for your loved one's cremated remains, it's necessary to consider its emotional value. While a basic, functional container will suffice, many prefer to choose one that reflects their loved one's passions or personality.

We offer personalized urns that can provide a one-of-a-kind final resting place for your loved one's cremains. Please don't hesitate to contact Thomas Gallagher Funeral Home for more information on cremation in CT and the range of urn options available at 203-359-9999 or via this online form

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