Urns for ashes - six questions you may have about them
Urns for ashes come in different shapes, sizes, and materials. We've come up with the answers to six questions that you may have about cremation urns.
What sizes of urns are there?
Most adult urns have a 200 cubic inch capacity. This is enough space for the cremated remains of a person weighing up to 90-kg, that's about 14-stone.
Approximately one cubic inch of ashes is created from each pound of body weight. Although this does vary depending on the cremation process. However, it is helpful for calculating the size of urn required for a child or a pet as these come in several different sizes.
There are also larger urns with a 365 cubic inch capacity. These can hold the remains of a person weighing up to 25-stone. Or, two smaller people can be contained within.
Keepsake urns are to hold a token amount of ashes. These usually have a three cubic inch capacity.
How do I open an urn for ashes?
Most urns have a threaded screw-top lid. However, some urns open from underneath, while others may open at the back. Simply unscrew the lid to gain access to the inside. When replacing the lid be sure to align it correctly so that it screws down completely to obtain an airtight seal.
How do I put the ashes inside?
The crematorium or the funeral director will give you the ashes in a container. The easiest way to transfer the ashes is to place the whole container within the urn and then invert it. This ensures that no ashes are spilt.
To put a small amount of ashes into a little urn you can carefully spoon some out of the container and use a little funnel to insert them.
You might want to have a friend or family member beside you for support. Alternately, if you do not feel comfortable handling the ashes, your funeral director or the crematorium will be able to do it for you.
Can I seal the urn?
Sealing is not necessary as all urns seal securely. However, if you wish to, you can permanently seal the urn by putting an appropriate sealant onto the threads of the lid when you replace it.
Can I put other things inside?
Yes, many people include a lock of hair or some small possessions with the ashes. Also, after scattering the ashes some people us the urn to safekeep precious memories of the departed such as letter, photos, and other memorabilia.
Where can I put an urn for ashes?
You can put an urn in a niche in a columbarium or a barrow. Or, in a crypt in a mausoleum. Many people choose to keep an urn at home, maybe creating a special place of tribute. Some may use it more as an ornament or move it from place to place. Others opt for burying it in a special location.