When planning a funeral, one of the many decisions you will make is where your loved one’s final resting place will be. Depending on whether you choose a cemetery, your home, your garden or some other location, you will need to choose an appropriate protective container. Your funeral director will match your specific needs to all available options, which may include caskets, vaults, or urns.
You may also want to purchase a permanent memorialization for your loved one. Memorializations include personalized markers, monuments and a variety of keepsakes — all crafted with care using the finest quality materials.
Memorial Urns are permanent containers for the cremated body. We offer a wide range of styles and prices appropriate for burial, niches, scattering, keepsakes or discreet placement in a home. Your personal plans for the final placement of the urn can play an important part in your selection process. Some urns are ornately designed for display purposes while others are very basic in style. Many of the urns can also be personalized with engravings or laser designs.
Urn Vaults are protective containers in which urns are commonly placed. In many cases, where families desire to bury the urn-encapsulated remains of their loved one, cemeteries will require the use of an urn vault. Much like burial vaults for caskets, urn vaults protect the urn from being crushed, and protect the ground above them from caving in over time.
Keepsake Urns & Jewelry
The best way to describe Keepsake Urns and Jewelry are as small cremation urns. They are often used in addition to a full sized urn when cremated remains are shared between family and friends. They can also be used when a majority of the cremated remains have been scattered. Keepsakes jewelry is a personalized way to help you keep the memory and presence of your loved one close. Many keepsakes have a compartment that can be used to hold either a small portion of the cremated remains, locket of hair or dried flowers from the memorial service. Other keepsakes utilizes the thumb print or paw print that is cast onto a pendant or similar jewelry. Smith Lund Mills offers Thumbies® brand charms.
Cremation Caskets are used prior to the cremation for viewings. They are also commonly used when the deceased will be present at the funeral prior to a cremation. Casket options for Cremation include: Hardwood Caskets, for those desiring something more traditional; Cremation Caskets for those wanting a simple yet dignified casket constructed specifically for cremation; and Basic Cremation Containers which is the minimum container required for the cremation process.
Caskets are made in a wide variety of styles and materials. They can be made from inexpensive materials, such as pine or a composite of hardboard, and cost very little. In contrast, caskets can be very expensive when made from the finest materials such as bronze or solid American cherry. Steel and stainless steel caskets are also popular options. We feature Batesville® Caskets, a company that is dedicated to helping families honor the lives of those they love.
Most cemeteries require that caskets be placed in an outer burial receptacle capable of withstanding the weight and pressures of the earth above and surrounding the receptacle. Our Merchandise Selection Room provides a wide array of vault samples and other outer burial containers. The selection room provides a warm, low pressure atmosphere for families to preview and make their selection of choice. We proudly offer quality Wilbert® vaults at Smith Lund Mills.
Memorial Monuments and Markers
Permanent memorials stand the test of time. They are a solid and visible tribute to a life that has been lived. Permanent Memorials individualize and designate a physical place where loved ones can come to pay their respects. Monuments come in many shapes, sizes and even colors. Our knowledgeable staff can help you design a personalized memorial that beautifully reflects the life of your family or friend.
Memorial Registry Gifts
A variety of Memorial Registry Books, Service Folders, Acknowledgment Cards and custom designed Memorial Slideshow Videos are available. These personal touches go far to reflect the life and interests of the deceased.