There are a few reasons you may want to open an urn. A common reason is to spread the loved one's ashes in a particular location. Other reasons may include the desire to add the ashes of another loved one to the urn. You may also wish to add keepsakes or artifacts to the contacts. Although opening an urn is usually very simple, you should exercise extreme caution when doing so. You don't want to spill any of the ashes.
Inspect the top, bottom, and sides of the urn to find the access plate and its screws.
Inspect the screws to determine what type of screwdriver you'll need, and then remove the screws from the access plate.
Pull the access plate away to open the urn and access its contents.