information about funeral urns

Cremation or Funeral 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 maybe 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 honour 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 jewellery. 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  jewellery
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 jewellery. 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 jewellery, 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 cremation?
The industry guide is that for every pound of body weight, allow one cubic inch of cremated remains. Standard size urns have approximately 200 cubic inches or 3,5 Litres of internal volume and are suitable for an average adult. 1 Litre is 61 cubic inches and 1 cubic inch is 0,0164 Litres. The table below is based on averages. If you are not sure of the exact volume please contact your crematorium or Funeral Directors.

  baby- and child urns       Pet urns   Adult urns
Age Boy Girl Volume   Weight Volume      Volume 
22 weeks up to 2 lbs up to 2 lbs 10 cu in   up to 2 lbs 9 cu in   200 - 213 cu in
40 weeks up to 19 lbs up to 19 lbs 40 cu in   up to 17 lbs 31 cu in      
1 year 22 lbs 22 lbs 49 cu in   up to 26 lbs 61 cu in      
2 year 26 lbs 26 lbs 61 cu in   up to 44 lbs 92 cu in      
3 year 33 lbs 33 lbs 76 cu in   up to 88 lbs 123 cu in      
4 year 37 lbs 37 lbs 82 cu in   up to 132 lbs 183 cu in      
5 year 41 lbs 41 lbs 89 cu in   > 132 lbs  244 cu in      
6 year 48 lbs 48 lbs 95 cu in            
7 year 52 lbs 52 lbs 98 cu in            
8 year 57 lbs 57 lbs 101 cu in            
9 year 61 lbs 61 lbs 107 cu in            
10 year 68 lbs 68 lbs 113 cu in            
11 year 77 lbs 77 lbs 122 cu in            
12 year 85 lbs 85 lbs 137 cu in            
13 year 99 lbs 99 lbs 146 cu in            
14 year 114 lbs 114 lbs 159 cu in            
15 year 125 lbs 125 lbs 171 cu in            
16 year 134 lbs 134 lbs 183 cu in            

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

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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