Information about funeral urns | the amount of ashes

How much ash is left after cremation?

The average amount of ash left over after the cremation of an adult is about 3 to 3.5 liters or 183 to 213 cubic inches. For a child this will be 0.8 to 2 liters or 54 to 122 cubic inches and for a (premature) baby 0.3 to 0.7 liters or 18 to 43 cubic inches. Your crematorium will always know the exact volume. It is possible to disperse part of the ashes and keep the rest in an urn, cremation ash keepsake urn or piece of memorial jewelry like an ashes pendant.

The industry guide is that for every pound of body weight, allow one cubic inch of cremated remains. Standard size adult 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 litres 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 crematorium 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.

Adults
Baby- and child urns
Pet urns

Adult urns Volume Liter 3.0 - 3.5 liter
Volume Cu in 183 - 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