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Frequently Asked Questions about Cremation and Burial Urns


When burying an urn, is the dimension of the hole in the ground? How many burial urns for ashes are permitted in one gravesite?

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Each cemetery has its own special rules and regulations. For example, Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis requires an “urn vault” when burying an urn there.  The maximum amount of cremains that Lakewood allows in their urn vault is two.  They also have specific graves just for cremated remains, so in those graves, just one. There are other cemeteries that allow up to three set of cremated remains in what is often referred to as a “traditional” grave.

When we contact cemeteries that do not have a urn vault requirement, we give the cemetery personal the exact dimensions of the burial urn.  The minimum dept of a grave is 18” from the top of the urn. We would caution you when arranging for more than one burial of cremated remains in a cemetery to  check their rules and regulations as to how many markers can be placed on that grave as well.

Are there any Minnesota laws regarding urns for ashes?

As of this writing, there appear to be no Minnesota laws stipulating what types of urns for ashes are applicable - so the sky is the limit for  your cremation ashes. Urns for ashes come in a wide variety of materials, including brass, wood, stone, steel, marble, composite and glass. Plus, the cremation urns can can be themed - all the way from religious themes to hobby and child-themed. 

For use/burial in Minnesota, does an urn have to be sealed? How is this done (glue, rubber gaskets)? Are hand-made urns ok?

Currently there are no laws in regards to the make or material that are used for cremation urns for cremated bodies.  There are also no laws in regards whether or not the urn that contains the cremated body of someone needs to be sealed. If an urn needs to be sealed, it is a decision made by the family. How it is sealed is also up to the family.

If the urn is sealed permanently and family wants to split the ashes up between members after they have already brought home the cremated body in a large urn?

Once the funeral provider returns the cremated body to the legal representive, that person(s) is free to do what they want with the cremated body.  The State Health Department considers cremation as the “final deposition” and the body (in this case cremated body) no longer a health hazard.  An additional note however, some religions do not like the cremated body divided, separated, scattered or split-up.  So if your faith (religion) is important, make sure you check with your religious leader on the policy regarding cremation.


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