information about funeral urns

Funeral- or cremation ashes urns information

How to choose the right urn?
Where to place the urn?
Which product?
How much ash is left after cremation?
Who puts the ashes into the urn or keepsake?
Which materials are used?

How to choose the right urn?
Dealing with grief and loss may be one of the most difficult times during life that you will ever face.  Deciding how to deal with a loved one’s ashes is a personal decision.  Many of our urns allow you to add your own personal touch to celebrate the uniqueness of the life it represents. Urns can offer a lasting memorial, and an ash casket can be a uniquely personal way of ensuring the person you love is never forgotten. Finding a way to honor the deceased’s life and the relationship you had with them can really help the healing process.

Some cremation urns, for example, look fairly traditional, but you may prefer an urn or ash casket with a more modern appearance. If you are unsure which urn you would like it may help to look for the urn, keepsake or ash jewel that best reflects your loved ones personality. If you’re looking for cremation urns or an ash casket, bear in mind they come in various sizes. Standard cremation urns for adults have a capacity of approximately three Litres.

Where to place the urn?
Because there are so many beautiful and unique urns available, you may have difficulty in making the right selection. Before making the ‘final’ decision it must be decided where the ashes of your loved one will be placed. If it is going to be placed at home or in a columbarium niche, what size and shape urn can it accommodate? Will it be interred in your garden, an urn garden, an ashes plot or for example a family grave?  Will the urn be placed indoor or outdoor? Does your cemetery or columbarium require a specific type of urn be used? You also may wish to keep a small amount of the ashes in a keepsake urn or item of ash jewelry. These are some of the things you should take into account before you make your selection. Pleas click here for further information on the ash destination.

Which product?
Choosing the right product really depends on what you intend to do with your loved ones ashes. There are three main options available.

Keep (a part of) the ashes at home in an cremation Urn, Casket or item of  jewelry
You may wish to keep your loved ones ashes close to you as an everlasting memory by placing them into an urn, casket or item of ashes jewelry. We have a range of cremation urns and many kinds of ash caskets available which are suitable to be kept either indoors in a favorite place or outdoors. With the right ash casket and ashes jewelry, you’ll have a small part of your loved one with you for always.

Burial of the ashes
You may choose to bury the urn or casket in an ashes plot or family grave, alternatively they can be interred in a columbarium or crypt. It is also possible to choose for an biodegradable urn. These urns are specially designed to be durable and will not begin to biodegrade until they are placed in earth or water. This allows families to wait until they are ready to bury the ashes.

Scatter the ashes
You may wish to scatter your loved ones ashes in a memorable location and for example plant a ‘memory’ tree.

How much ash is left after the cremation?
The average amount of ash left over after the cremation of an adult is 183,07 to 213,58 For a child this will be 54,92 to 122,05 and for a (premature) baby 18,31 to 42,72 Your crematorium will always know the exact volume. It is possible to disperse part of the ashes, and keep the rest in an urn, mini urn or piece of memorial jewelry.

The industry guide is that for every pound of body weight, allow one cubic inch of cremated remains. Standard size urns have approximately 213 cubic inches or 3,5 Liters of internal volume and are suitable for an average adult. 1 cubic inch is 0,0164 Liters and 1 Litre is 61 cubic inches. The table below is based on averages. If you are not sure of the exact volume please contact your crematory or Funeral Director. We apologize in advance for this table because it may be inconvenient, but we find it very important to inform you as good as possible.

Baby- and child urns
Pet urns

Adult urns Volume Liter 3.0 - 3.5 liter
Volume Cu in 200 - 213 cu in

Baby- and child urns Age Boy Boy Girl Girl Volume Volume
  Kg Lbs Kg Lbs Liter Cu in
22 weeks up to 1 kg up to 2 lbs up to 1 kg up to 2 lbs 0.15 liter 10 cu in
40 weeks up to  8.5 kg up to 19 lbs up to 8.5 kg up to 19 lbs 0.65 liter 40 cu in
1 year 10 kg 22 lbs 10 kg 22 lbs 0.80 liter 49 cu in
2 year 12 kg 26 lbs 12 kg 26 lbs 1.00 liter 61 cu in
3 year 15 kg 33 lbs 15 kg 33 lbs 1.25 liter 76 cu in
4 year 17 kg 37 lbs 17 kg 37 lbs 1.35 liter 82 cu in
5 year 19 kg 42 lbs 18 kg 40 lbs 1.45 liter 89 cu in
6 year 22 kg 49 lbs 21 kg 46 lbs 1.55 liter 95 cu in
7 year 24 kg 52 lbs 24 kg 52 lbs 1.60 liter 98 cu in
8 year 26 kg 57 lbs 26 kg 57 lbs 1.65 liter 101 cu in
9 year 28 kg 62 lbs 28 kg 62 lbs 1.75 liter 107 cu in
10 year 31 kg 68 lbs 35 kg 77 lbs 1.85 liter 113 cu in
11 year 35 kg 77 lbs 39 kg 86 lbs 2.00 liter 122 cu in
12 year 39 kg 86 lbs 43 kg 95 lbs 2.25 liter 137 cu in
13 year 45 kg 99 lbs 48 kg 106 lbs 2.40 liter 146 cu in
14 year 52 kg 115 lbs 52 kg 115 lbs 2.60 liter 159 cu in
15 year 57 kg 126 lbs 55 kg 121 lbs 2.80 liter 171 cu in
16 year 61 kg 135 lbs 57 kg 126 lbs 3.00 liter 183 cu in

Pet urns Weight Weight Volume Volume
Kg Lbs Liter Cu in
up to 1 kg up to 2 lbs 0.15 liter 9 cu in
up to 8 kg up to 17 lbs 0.5 liter 31 cu in
up to 12 kg up to 26 lbs 1.0 liter 61 cu in
up to 20 kg up to 44 lbs 1.5 liter 92 cu in
up to 40 kg up to 88 lbs 2.0 liter 123 cu in
up to 60 kg up to 132 lbs 3.0 liter 183 cu in
> 60 kg > 132 lbs  4.0 liter + 244 cu in

Who puts the ashes into the urn or keepsake?
Your crematorium or funeral directors will usually hand you the ashes in a ‘standard’ ashes container. Within this container the ashes are usually contained in a plastic bag. Therefore we recommend keeping them in the plastic container and then place them into the urn. It is possible to fill the urn or keepsake yourself. If it feel uncomfortable doing this your crematorium or funeral directors will do this for you.

Which materials are used?
We offer funeral urns made of Aluminium, Brass, Bronze, Glass, Wood, Ceramics, Fiberglass, Nature stone (Marble and Granite), Porcelain, Stainless Steel, Copper and Biodegradable materials. We also offer decorative bronze and ceramic Sculptures to more traditional or simple designs.

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