What size cremation urn will I need?

“What size cremation urn will I need?” is one of the most common questions asked. For some, the answer is confronting because of the questions that need answering.  

1. Cremation urn size 

  • How much did your departed loved one weigh before passing?
    This question is essential because body weight determines the volume of cremains (ashes).
    The rule of thumb is 1 pound (lb) of body weight before cremation = 1 cubic inch of ash.
    For example, if your departed loved one weighed between 185 and 200 pounds before passing buy an urn that can hold up to 200 cubic inches of human ash.

2. Cremation urn purpose – display or burial?

  • What are you planning to do with your departed loved one’s ashes?
    Display at home
    Choose ceramic, marble, metal, and wood cremation urns.
    Home ground burial
    Choose ceramic, marble, metal, wood or biodegradable cremation urns.
    Cemetery ground burial
    Choose ceramic, marble, metal, wood or biodegradable urns. (Check with the cemetery first. Some cemeteries discourage biodegradable urns because of the ground sinking post burial.)
    Niche burial (spaces within a columbarium wall designed to hold urns) 
    Choose a ceramic, marble, metal or wood cremation urn but check with the cemetery first. (Some cemeteries have a list of preferred urn material and size options.)
    Water burial
    Choose a fast-acting biodegradable urn. Most float for 5 -20 minutes before slipping underwater to dissolve leaving no trace.

Many people choose an adult size cremation urn along with a set of mini keepsake or jewelry urns.  That way,  family members can have a personal ashes keepsake. (See our guide for how to divide ashes.)

The best funeral cremation urns

We’re confident you’ll find the right size cremation urn for your departed loved one.

Select from the products on this page or the drop-down menus to find more categories.

We trust our categories will make finding the perfect cremation urn for your departed loved one less overwhelming and stress-free.

Our sincere condolences for your loss.

Size Guide

1lb of Body Weight = 1 cubic inch in Ashes

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