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What Size Cremation Urn Is Needed?

There are a few factors to consider when choosing a cremation urn.

The Person's Weight:

What was your loved one's healthy body weight? The volume of ashes in cubic inches is approximately equal to the person's body weight. The standard size for a cremation urn is 200 cubic inches, which is able to contain the ashes from a person up to 200 lbs.

The Urn's Intended Location:

The height and width of the urn should be considered if the family has chosen to place the urn in a columbarium niche at their cemetery, or at some churches or funeral homes. The interior height and width of the columbarium niche must allow a comfortable clearance for placing the urn into the niche, whether conducting an "inurnment" ceremony or not. Some niches have a bezel on the front (the frame for the niche's door), which may limit the dimensions of the urn that must pass through it. In home intended locations one might wish to check for the urn's dimensions include a china cabinet or a shelving unit.

Full or Partial Containment of the Ashes:

Some families wish to keep all the cremains in one urn, and some choose to divide and share the ashes amongst family members within several smaller Keepsake Urns. Others wish to conduct a Scattering Ceremony, and keep only a small amount of the ashes in a smaller urn or keepsake, or just a pinch of the ashes in a cremation urn pendant. Some families make the decision to divide the ashes because they would prefer a smaller memorial than a full sized urn.