Funeral Homes and the TSA
In general, funeral home product prices climb dramatically, partly to cover the costs of a typical funeral home’s workers and facilities. Our services are not priced similarly because we specialize in selling memorials directly to the public. We pass the savings on to our customers. Both the craftsmanship and the quality are exceptional. They are identical cremation urns from the same source that are available in all funeral homes around the United States, and some are our exclusive cremation urns.
Yes, you’re correct. Funeral homes are accustomed to providing this service as part of their overall package. The Federal Trade Commission’s funeral law guarantees that every American has the right to provide his or her own coffin or urn for use by the funeral home. A funeral home cannot refuse to process or charge you for a casket or urn that you purchased online, at a local casket shop, or elsewhere, according to the regulation. When the coffin or urn is delivered to the funeral home, you are not required to be there.
Visit http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0300-ftc-funeral-rule to learn more about the FTCA funeral standards.
Whether you buy an urn from them or from a third party, they are fully aware of the “funeral rules” and are often courteous and helpful.
From the TSA’s website, here’s what they have to say about it.
We understand the pain of losing a loved one and recognize the importance of cremated remains. On some flights, cremated ashes are not accepted as checked baggage, so verify with your airline for any additional requirements.
A cremation container will never be opened by a Transportation Security Officer (TSO). To facilitate investigation, we recommend that you obtain a temporary or permanent cremation container made of a lightweight material, such as wood or plastic. The TSO will be unable to identify the contents if the container is made of a substance that produces an opaque image, and the container will be denied.
Even if an item is normally approved, it may be subjected to additional screening or refused transit through the checkpoint if it triggers an alert during screening, appears to be tampered with, or raises other security concerns. The TSA has the final say on whether or not a particular item is allowed on board.
Considering this, wooden and biodegradable urns frequently have the most trouble going through the TSA’s airport security system. Because metal urns cannot form an opaque image, they are the most difficult to inspect. More information and helpful ideas can be found in our blog post “Bringing Cremation Urns on a Plane.”
The majority of people will require a standard adult urn, which is designed to hold the ashes of a person weighing 200 pounds or fewer prior to cremation. Cremation urns come in a wide range of sizes, including oversized urn, companion urn(two-person), medium/small (for a tiny amount of the ashes) urn, and keepsake urn.
Finding out how much your loved one weighed before they were cremated is a great point to begin. One pound of weight is equal to one cubic inch of ashes after cremation. If he or she weighed 150 pounds before death, an urn with a capacity of 150 cubic inches or more is necessary. The majority of our urns have a capacity of 200-220 cubic inches.
Keepsake urns, also known as mini urns, are commonly used to memorialize a little number of ashes. When family members desire to split ashes among numerous people, keepsake urns and medium urns are used.
Urns are simple to fill. Our clients are usually given a temporary container containing the deceased’s cremated ashes by the cremation service provider.
The cremated ashes are usually deposited in a bag in the temporary container, which can subsequently be easily transferred to the urn. Even if the ashes aren’t in the bag, moving them from the temporary container to the urn is simple.
However, while carrying the ashes might be a painful experience, it’s worth emphasizing that this is a good moment to enlist the help of a close friend. In our experience, friends and acquaintances are often eager to help with the transfer of cremated ashes into an urn.
Cremation jewelry is jewelry with a hollow interior chamber that can house a small amount of cremation ashes, dried flowers, local sand, or a strand of hair. If you’re having trouble filling out the cremation jewelry form, please watch our short video tutorial.
A keepsake urn is a tiny version of a larger urn that only stores a little number of ashes. Typically, they are purchased in sets and given to family members. Memorial urns may be used when the majority of a loved one’s ashes will be interred or spread, but a small percentage of ashes will be kept as a memorial.
A metal medallion strung on a ribbon looped around the urn’s neck is known as an urn pendant. It’s used when a consumer wants to personalize an urn but the urn’s design or the substance it’s made of prevents the engraving from being done directly on the urn.
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