How do I know what size I need to Purchase?
What you need to know about the size of the Cremation Urn is capacity which is measured in cubic inches and the actual outside dimensions. Calculating the cubic inches needed is a simple rule of thumb to follow. For every pound the person or pet weighs, 1 cubic inch of cremation urn space is needed. 1 pound = 1 cubic inch.
Different final resting places make a need for different types of Cremation Urns. If your loved one is interred in a column barium or niche, there will be definite size maximums for height, length and depth. Be sure to check with the Cemetery to find out what size you need. They may also want you to have a cremation vault, which is a container that the cremation urns sit in.
There are basically 3 size categories for Cremation Urns. We have listed them below:
1. Single or Individual Cremation Urns – These are what most people use.
They have an approximate capacity of 200-300 cubic inches or so.
It is not an absolute, if using the weight to cubic inch rule of thumb, and the need for more cubic inches is necessary, then of course a companion cremation urn is absolutely appropriate
2.Double or Companion Urns – Companion cremation urns are designed to hold the remains of up to two adult individuals. These urns are approx 400 – 500 cubic inches. See urns for two here.
3. Keepsake Cremation Urns and Jewelry -Keepsake Cremation Urns and Cremation Jewelry are usually approximately 1-50
cubic inches. The very small are for jewelry where there is a token amount of remains in the receptacle. Keepsake urns are used to hold a percentage of cremation urns divided usually among family member so they may all have remains of their loved ones with them.
They may also be used to hold infant remains and the remains of a small pet. See pet urns here.
When you are shopping for urns, there are so many lovely ones to choose from, check the cubic inches of each design first before going any further so you know it fits every criteria needed.Read More