It is not everyday that you will find the need to purchase and choose an urn, which is why it is important that you know where to look for answers. It is a particularly challenging thing to go through, especially if you are looking for an urn for a loved one’s cremated ashes.
There are various things that you have to take into consideration, which only begins with what type of urn to use but does not end there. This is why we have prepared this page for the most frequently asked questions about cremation urns, and we are providing you with the answers you need during this difficult time.
In case we don’t address something you were wondering about, don’t hesitate to send us a message! We will be more than happy to help you out.
What size of urn should I buy?
The general rule when it comes to cremated remains is that one cubic inch equals one cubic inch of body weight. Thus, if a body weighs around 140 lbs., then you will need an urn that can contain 180 cubic inches of ashes.
What are the urn sizes available?
Thankfully, cremation urns are offered in a wide range of sizes to fit every use and need.
The standard size of an individual arn is designed to contain the ashes of just one person, with a capacity of around 180 to 250 cubic inches. This is just the normal range, and it totally depends on the type of urn you choose.
There are also smaller sizes of urns in the the form of keepsake urns. These are usually used to contain only a portion of the ashes, which come as jewellery or decorative pieces. Infant urns can also be used for very young children or babies. Keepsake urns can contain around 6 cubic inches of ashes, whereas infant urns can hold around 14 to 80 cubic inches.
Pet cremation urns come in a variety of sizes and styles. It usually ranges from 15 cubic inches up to over 100 cubic inches for larger pets.
Do I need to buy an urn from the funeral home?
No, it is not necessary that you buy from a funeral home. There is a rule that states that funeral providers can not charge a corkage or refuse service should you buy an urn from somewhere else. Thanks to this, you can enjoy shopping from a cremation urn online which can give you more options.
What will I receive from the funeral home after cremation?
After cremation, the ashes or cremated remains will usually be given to you in a sealed bag or a temporary urn. This is meant to be transferred into a permanent urn.
How can I scatter the ashes?
If you want to scatter the ashes of the departed, then there is no need to buy a normal-sized urn. You can even just use the temporary urn that the crematorium will give you. However, we do recommend getting a keepsake urn that will allow you to take home a portion of the ashes as a reminder.
Can I bury a cremation urn?
It depends on what kind of cremation urn. It is recommended that you either purchase a biodegradable urn or buy one that is made of metal. However, we do not recommend burying a normal cremation urn.
Will it be alright to use a human cremation urn for my pet’s ashes?
Yes! You can use a human cremation urn for pet ashes. It is completely your choice, as long as it will be enough to contain all or a portion of the ashes.
Will I be able to travel with a cremation urn?
Yes! Of course, there are some requirements that you will have to comply with. Read our article on transporting human ashes internationally.