Info on Cremation Urn Sizes

Before the cremation process of a loved one, family members and friends often make a final decision regarding the disposal of the cremains (cremated remains). This is a very important decision as it helps people to buy the correct urn. Whether you wish to scatter the ashes of the deceased or store them at your home, you will need a cremation urn. There are many source where you can purchase an urn available in different sizes.

Urn size

Depending upon your requirements, you can choose an urn. Generally, the crematorium will return the ashes of the deceased in a temporary container. Depending upon the amount of ashes you can choose the correct size of urn. In the market, you can find different size of cremation urns where you can store the remains of both humans as well as pets.

Industry Standard

As per the industry standard described by the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), one cubic inch of space is required for one pound of body weight. For instance, if the body weight of the deceased was 140 lbs. you would need an urn having an inner space of at least 140 cubic inches or more. This industry standard will help you to get an estimation regarding the approximate size of the urn that you need to purchase. But it is essential to bear in mind that it is just a kind of estimation and will not offer you the exact measurements every time. This industry standard will help in purchasing an urn that is of right size 99.95% of the time.

Also experts suggest purchasing an urn little larger in size than required to be on the safer side and to avoid having the urn which will be small for the ashes. This is because the amount of cremation ashes that you will receive depends on many factors apart from the body weight. The amount of cremation ashes will also depend on different variables like the size of the skeletal, bone structure of the deceased, temperature variations used inside the cremation chamber, how long the ashes were there in the cremation chamber, and the level of processing done once the ashes are removed from the cremation chamber and so on.

If you are not sure of the exact size of urn that you need to buy, you can always take help of the authorities working at the crematorium or the funeral director. They can always help in making the correct choice.

Different urn sizes

Depending upon size, urns can be basically divided into following categories:

Individual urns: These types of urns are used to store the cremation ashes of one adult person. These urns can hold 175 and 300 cubic inches of cremation ashes. As the average amount of cremation ashes is usually less than 200 cubic inches, you can buy these urns to be on the safer side.

Standard urn

Companion urns: A companion urn is designed to hold 400-600 cubic inches of cremation ashes. This type of urn is designed to store the cremation remains of two people.

Companion Urn

Child and infant cremation urns: Child and infant cremation urns are available in different themes and can hold anywhere from 20 to 100 cubic inches of cremated ashes.

Child urn

Scattering and burial urns: Scattering urns and burial urns can hold anywhere from 50 cubic inches to 400 cubic inches of cremated ash.

Burial urn

Keepsake urns: For those who need to distribute the cremations ashes of a deceased amongst a number of people, need to shop for keepsake cremation urns which are designed to hold just a few teaspoons to as high as 100 cubic inches of cremation ashes. At the same time to store very small amount of cremation ashes, you can also shop for small cremation urn jewelry which are designed to hold a trace amount of ashes, similar to the size of the head of a sewing pin.

Small keepsake urn

While shopping for cremation urn online, you need to check the specifications regarding a particular product. In the description section, the size of the urn is usually mentioned in Cubic Inches.

To conclude, keep the above mentioned points in mind to choose the correct urn size. However, in case of any doubt you must not hesitate to take help from others.

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