Whether you're burying in a cemetery or private property, a protective urn may be one made from marble, bronze; there are also items known as combination urns and urn vaults. These are made from a durable substance and cost less than purchasing both an urn and an urn vault and will satisfy the requirement of an urn vault for those cemeteries that require one. More information about urn vaults is on our Cremation urns & vaults page.
If you're burying on private property or even in an urn garden, you may want to use a biodegradable urn. These will break down within six months, allowing the ashes to return to the earth. There are several styles available; a blue one is pictured above.
Cemeteries that have a mausoleum usually have spaces (niches) for placement of an urn. Some of these have a glass front so you can see the urn; these spaces cost more. There is also usually some space for a few small personal items. Many cemeteries have a "mausoleum" that is only for cremated remains, a columbarium. Spaces are usually priced with those at eye level costing more than those above or below. Because these are free-standing outdoor structures that have niches on all sides, there are no glass fronts for security reasons.