Common Questions
 

                      General Cremation and Size information


How Do I Place the cremated remains in the urn?

There are several options: One option is to bring the urn to the funeral home or cremation society where the cremation takes place and ask the funeral director to make the transfer for you.

Another option is remove the remains from the temporary container and place them in the urn. If you are uncomfortable doing ask a friend or family member make the transfer for you.

The cremated remains are in a clear strong plastic bag inside the temporary container.

How do I seal the urn ?

Once the remains are put in the urn if the remains will not be spread later then they can be sealed with a clear caulk or glue adhesive.

What size urn do I need ?

Most adult urns are around 200-300 cubic inches in volume. This is standard for adults and my size large. Children and pets need smaller urns. Just like people and pets, urns come in many different shapes and sizes. Follow these rules to better determine the size of the urn you need:

What was the approximate body weight of the person or pet you are shopping for?

1 lb. of body weight will yield just less than 1 cubic inch of ash. Assume for shopping purposes that:1 pound body weight = 1 cubic inch ash.

Cremation urn item descriptions list the size of the urn in Cubic Inches. If you know the weight of the deceased - then you know the size of the urn you need. Approx Weight = Approx Size.

Easy example: A cremated 100 pound person will yield almost 100 cubic inches of ashes. So, if 1 pound = 1 cubic inch then this person would need an urn that is about 80-100 cubic inches.

Some practical examples: These are estimated by my urn dimensions and recommendations :

- a 240 lb. person needs an urn that is 200 cubic inches or larger = My X-large urn  Urn

- a 200 lb. person needs an urn that is 180 cubic inches or larger = My Large or X-large Urn

- a 150 lb. person needs an urn that is 130 cubic inches or larger = My Large Urn

- a 100 lb. person or pet needs an urn that is 80 cubic inches or larger =My Medium or Large Urn

- a 50 lb. person or pet needs an urn that is about 40 cubic inches or larger =My Medium Urn

- a 25 lb. person or pet needs an urn that is about 20 cubic inches or larger =My Small Urn

  1. -a 10 lb. or pet needs an urn that is about 8 cubic inches or larger=My Small Urn

  2. - 1/2 cup of ashes = My Keepsake Urn

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Urn sizing notes:

The 1 to 1 ratio of Weight to Cubic Inches will insure you purchase an urn that is the right size 99% of the time. Urn capacity can only be too small. An urn is only too big if you think it is too big.

Cremated remains (ashes) can vary in amount due to different cremation processes, temperature variations and the bone structure of the decedent. Buy an urn slightly larger than calculated to avoid having the urn be to small for the ashes.

The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) determined that the standard capacity of a single adult urn should be 200 cubic inches.

Keepsake Urns are urns with a very small capacity designed to hold small amounts of ashes from 1/2-1 cup of ashes. Other size specific categories are small.,medium, standard and large urns.

If you have more questions please contact Robbin Polter.