Choosing the Right Urn Size

choosing the right size urn afterlife essentials

Follow these rules to better determine the size of the urn you need:

1. What is your loved one's weight?

In order to hold all of your loved one's ashes you'll need to know the approximate body weight of the person or pet you are shopping for.

2. One pound 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. 

Easy example: A cremated 100 pound person will yield almost 100 cubic inches of ashes. So, if 1 pound = 1 cubic inch, you will need an urn that is approximately 90-100 cubic inches or larger.

3.There are a lot of other factors that play into how much cremains (ashes) you will actually receive from the crematorium. 

Cremated remains can vary in amount due to different cremation processes, temperature variations and the bone structure of the decedent. Because of that we can't guarantee 100% of the time that an urn will be large enough but if you follow these rules, or call us to discuss, 99.95% of the time we'll be right on.

4. Buy an urn at least slightly larger than you need 

To avoid having the urn be too small for the ashes, buy one that may be slightly larger than your calculation. You can use any size urn that holds more than you need, while also adding mementos like letters, favorite clothing, or anything that may remind you of your loved one.

We also recommend buying a main urn to hold most of the ashes, while purchasing smaller urn keepsakes to share with friends and family.

5. Keepsake Cremation Jewelry is designed to hold a small pinch of ashes

Compare it to a similar to the size of a ball-head sewing pin.


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