The amount of cremated remains is determined by the weight/build of a person before their death.
For a full size urn to hold all of the cremated remains of an adult allow for 1 Cubic Inch for every 1 lb body weight before their passing. For holding a portion of the ashes you can select a much smaller urn or keepsake.
See our Urn Size Guide Table for more guidance.
Many crematoriums and funeral homes will transfer cremated remains into a funeral urn of your choosing if you are organized and provide it to them before you are due to collect your loved ones ashes.
You are also able to transfer your ashes yourself if you wish or if you get the cremation urn after you receive the ashes. If you are not comfortable transferring the cremated remains yourself you can ask a friend or family member to help.
We talk about how to transfer ashes on this page.
Yes, it is completely safe to touch cremation remains. Due to the body is cremated at such a high The high temperature during the cremation process means all micro-organisms are destroyed.
Because the ashes consist of mainly calcium phosphate (as well as other minerals and salts) they may cause skin and respiratory irritation so avoid it getting into your eyes, mouth or nose.
No. Ashes do not have to be stored in a funeral urn.
If you don't have a cremation urn then you will most likely receive the ashes in a plastic bag inside either a cardboard or plastic container.
You can store the remains in this cremation vessel if you wish or transfer them to an alternative memorial urn or container of your choosing.
Cremation ashes can be placed inside the cremation urn either inside the plastic bag they were received in, inside a new plastic bag or they may be placed loose in an urn.
Some ash urns, especially mini/token urns and cremation jewelry require they ashes to be loose because if their size and the opening for transferring the remains.
In short, Yes, as long as your religious beliefs do not prohibit it.
Dividing ashes is a popular choice, it can allow a token of ashes to be kept if choosing to scatter the bulk of the ashes or for ashes to be shared amongst family member so each gets to keep a little part of the deceased.
This is a really personal question and does not have a one size fits all answer. This will depend on yourself, the person who we have lost and what you are planning to do with their ashes after cremation:
No, not all urns need to be sealed. Many cremation urns, including all of those in our range, have a secure treaded lid, or a screw holding the opening of the urn securely shut.
If the lid on your chosen ash urn doesn't feel secure though it would be advisable to seal it with an adhesive suited to the material the urn is made from.
If you have scattered ashes or combined them at a later date you may be left wondering what to do with the urn that once housed the cremated remains, this is up to you but some popular options are:
Small Keepsake urns for human ashes as smaller cremation urns which are designed to hold just a portion of cremated remains. This could be for splitting ashes between families, keeping a small portion of ashes if you scatter or bury the majority.
Mini urns are also suitable for use as infant and child urns.
Many Pet owners treat their animals as their babies and they use keepsake ashes to store their ashes too.
What you decide to do with a cremation urn after the cremated remains have been transferred is a personal choice.
You may choose to have the urn placed in a columbarium or nice or buried in a memorial park. There are often different size and material requirements for these options and some sites require the burial urn to be placed inside a vault before burial so please check with the site before purchasing your urn,
Keeping ashes at home is an increasingly popular choice but people often wonder where to put them.
Depending on your personal thoughts and the design of the chosen cremation urn you may wish to display them prominently on a mantle, shelf or table. Our candle cremation urns and flower vase urn are an ideal option if you are wanting a decorative cremation urn to display in the home.
Other people may feel uncomfortable doing this and store the urn in a cupboard or bedside table out of sight.
Some people may say keeping ashes at home is bad luck and even spooky whilst others view it as a good thing and it can provide a lot of comfort during mourning knowing they are near.
Your beliefs in spirits staying with the ashes and whether this is a good or bad thing will heavily influence this.
This is one that only you can make the choice on.
Whilst urns can hold many purposes they are essentially a vessel to contain ashes. Therefore the difference in a cremation urn for human ashes, especially keepsake urns and pet urns are very minimal. They include: