Volume & Size of Cremation Urns
Two of the most important things about choosing an urn is the volume and size. The cremation urns capacity is measured in cubic inches. Calculating the volume needed is a simple process. For example, if an individual had a healthy weight of 180 pounds at the time of cremation, they will require an urn 180 cubic inches or larger. The exceptions to this rule would be urns for small children, infants and pets.
Knowing where an urn will be for final placement it is important to consider when purchasing a cremation urn. For example, when placing an urn in a niche or columbarium it is important to know the exact space available (length, width and height). Additionally, when purchasing an urn for burial it is important to consider available burial urn vaults or burial containers. This process can be made simple by contacting a customer care representative and having them guide you through the process.
Several options are available when choosing a cremation urn. The most common confusion comes when trying to select the appropriate size urn. Below we outline some common urn sizes and definitions.
Keepsake Urns & Cremation Jewelry
Keepsake urns are crafted to hold a small portion of remains. Families will commonly choose to use keepsakes as memorials that several individuals from the family can keep with them. These are also commonly referred to as portion urns or sharing urns.
Cremation jewelry allows for storage of a small pinch of cremains to be held inside. These memorials come in discreet designs and styles for every day wear. Cremation jewelry allows grieving individuals to hold their departed loved one close as they continue their life here on earth.
Typical Capacity: .25 cubic inches – 50 cubic inches
Individual size cremation urns are the most common size urn available today. The term individual typically refers to a capacity of 150 cubic inches or greater. When choosing an urn for an individual adult this is the most common size. It is important to remember that for every one pound of healthy weight, there will be 1 cubic inch of cremains. This means if a person is 150 pounds at time of cremation they will require an urn at least 150 cubic inches. Choosing an urn larger then the minimum required size is perfectly acceptable. Many families choose to use larger urns so keepsakes or other mementos can be placed in the urn.
Typical Capacity: 150 cubic inches – 300 cubic inches
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Companion Urns (also known as Double Urns or Double Internment)
Companion urns are designed to hold the remains of up to two adult individuals. The volume for these urns is typically 380 cubic inches to 500 cubic inches. Companion urns are commonly used for couples that make the decision to be together after passing. Many families will choose to purchase a companion urn before both couples have passed. This personal decision is made so when the couples pass they can remain close.
Typical Capacity: 380 cubic inches – 500 cubic inches
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Small Children & Infant Urns
Special accommodations apply when purchasing an urn for an infant or small children. For infants under 10 pounds or less, an urn with a minimum of 20 cubic inches is recommended. For children 10-20 lbs or, an urn with a minimum of 30 cubic inches or more is recommended. As with individual urns, purchasing an urn larger than the minimum is perfectly acceptable. The additional space is commonly used to store a letter, photos, stuffed animals or a favorite outfit.
Typical Capacity: 20 cubic inches – 80 cubic inches
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When purchasing an urn for a pet it is important to consider the cremation process is completed differently and they oftentimes need a slightly larger urn than a human may at the same healthy weight. It is suggested to add an additional 10-15 cubic inches to the urn to accommodate the extra space used. So, if your pet had a healthy weight of 50 lbs. it recommended to purchase an urn that is 60-65 cubic inches in size. It is also important to note that choosing an urn larger then the minimum required size is perfectly acceptable. Many families choose to use the additional space within the urn for their pets favorite toy or their collar.
Typical Capacity: 20 cubic inches – 150 cubic inches
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Now that you know the size urn that will accommodate your loved one, use our Easy Urn Finder below. This helpful tool will allow you to sort by urn details such as size, style, material and color.