Final resting vessels have personalities, just like people. Cremation urns can be serious, playful, elegant, exuberant and much more. Your choices are not limited to urns. You can have the ashes fused with glass to create unique glass jewelry and keepsakes. You can pour a tiny amount of ashes into an urn pendant or brooch and keep it close. Pick memorial pieces that ‘speak’ to you and you and your family will treasure them forever as family heirlooms.
The urns can be made from a variety of materials: biodegradable paper and clay, bronze, copper, glass, clay (ceramic and Raku) and wood (including segmented urns).
Cremation urns are measured in cubic inches. The general rule of thumb is for every pound of the person’s total weight you will need one cubic inch of space. So if a person weighed 150 pounds, you will need an urn that is 150 cubic inches or larger.
Based on their capacity, urns can be divided into the following categories:
Companion Cremation Urns can accommodate the cremated remains of two people, such as a husband and wife. They range in size from 300 to 500 cubic inches.
Individual Size Cremation Urns hold the ashes of one person. The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) created an industry standard of 200 cubic inches, which equals about 6.8 pints. Individual urns vary from 110 to 300 cubic inches.
Sharing Cremation Urns are smaller, and are intended for sharing ashes among several different family members. Sharing urns come in a variety of sizes: small (up to 30 cubic inches), medium (up to 50 cubic inches), large (up to 70 cubic inches) and extra-large (up to 100 cubic inches). This urn can be used as a child’s urn.
Pet Urns comes in a variety of sizes: small (up to 30 cubic inches), medium (up to 50 cubic inches), large (up to 70 cubic inches), extra-large (up to 100 cubic inches) and special size (over 100 cubic inches).
Keepsake Cremation Urns hold only a small portion of cremation ashes. A keepsake urns’ capacity varies from 3 cubic inches to 50 cubic inches. When an individual sized urn is used to place the ashes in their final location, keepsake urns are often used to keep a portion of the ashes close to home or given out for scattering. This urn can be used as an infant size urn.
Cremation Jewelry Urns are the smallest size of urns. These urns are really just specially designed jewelry that have an inner chamber to hold a tiny portion of cremation ashes. They are a great alternative to traditional cremation urns. Ashes can also be incorporated into cremation jewelry by fusing it with glass.
The urn you pick will tell stories for generations to come about your loved one or beloved pet whose ashes are inside.