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How do I select a cremation urn for ashes? 

There are many factors that come into play when selecting a cremation urn for ashes. The important thing is not to rush into any decisions too fast. This is one of the last acts of love you can perform for your loved one, and the urn that holds the last physical earthly elements is really a very sacred vessel. If you are having a hard time deciding on the perfect urn, it might be wise to have other family members or even a friend join in on the decision. When selecting an urn, most people try to find a style that reminds them of the deceased. Maybe it’s the style or maybe the person admired certain materials in their taste for art. However you choose, usually you just know it when you see it. It can be a real gut feeling when you first see the right cremation urn and you just know this is the one. Consider your budget also when selecting a cremation urn for ashes. No one wants you to over-extend your financial means when making your selection. At Cremation Solutions we have grouped together many styles of cremation urns for ashes at many different price points, so that you can get an urn that is meaningful without breaking the bank.

Why are there different sizes of cremation urns for ashes?

Cremation urns come in different sizes for several reasons. The most common size is what is called an individual sized cremation urn for ashes. An individual cremation urn is sized to hold the ashes of one person. The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) has created an industry standard of 200 cubic inches, which equals about 6.8 pints. Unless stated otherwise, all of our individually sized cremation urns are 200 cubic inches. This size urn will hold even the largest of adults. Sometimes several members of a family wish to retain a portion of the ashes and the ashes are split up into several smaller sized urns or what is commonly called Sharing Urns for Ashes. Sharing urns can range in size from 50 to 100 cubic inches and come in many styles and colors. Sharing sized urns are also the size that is used for pets and infants. In a mobile society like ours families can get spread out over the years. Sharing sized cremation urns are a great solution that can satisfy the needs of many. The next size is a Keepsake Urns for Ashes. Keepsake sized cremation urns are sized to hold only a small portion of cremation ashes. When an individual sized urn is used to place the ashes in their final location, keepsake urns are often used in conjunction to keep a portion of the ashes close to home. Sometimes there are several friends of the deceased that would like to keep a token amount of the ashes and keepsake sized urns are a great way to help friends remember, as well as a cherished gift given by the family. I have been to funerals where the deceased had asked to be scattered by friends and family in as many locations as possible. Keepsake urns can be given out and scattering can take place as friends and family travel the globe over the years, adding special meaning to trips near and far. When cremation scattering is done all in one place, it is still recommended to retain some of the ashes. Keepsake urns are also ideal for this situation. Cremation Jewelry Urns for Ashes are the smallest size of urns. These urns are really just specially designed jewelry that have an inner chamber to hold a tiny portion of cremation ashes. They are a great alternative to traditional cremation urns. Due mainly to cremation scattering, cremation jewelry has become very popular in recent years. The most common type of cremation jewelry for ashes is a pendant that is worn around your neck on a chain. You have probably seen many of these pendants without realizing their special purpose. Those who would like to keep a small amount of ashes on their person can wear cremation jewelry. Like fond memories, cremation jewelry is kept close to the heart.

The general rule of thumb in sizing is that for every pound of a person's total weight, you will need one cubic inch of space. However, even very large people usually fit in a 200 cubic inch urn.

For example:

  • If a person weighed 100 lbs, you will need an urn that is 100 cubic inches or larger
  • If a person weighed 50 lbs, you will need an urn that is 50 cubic inches or larger
  • If a person weighed 25 lbs, you will need an urn that is 25 cubic inches or larger
  • If your child weigheds 15 lbs, you will need an urn that is 15 cubic inches or larger
  • If your baby weighed 10 lbs, you will need an urn that is 10 cubic inches or larger

What is a scattering urn for ashes?

Scattering urns are designed to hold ashes and then easily disperse them back to the earth. Scattering urns add dignity and comfort to the scattering process. Some scattering urns have a secondary function while others are biodegradable urns. Cremation Solutions has the world's largest selection of scattering urns. We hope one will provide comfort to your family for this final act of love.

How does a cremation urn for ashes open and close?

This depends on the style and material of cremation urn. Some open and close with a threaded lid; this is more common in metal urns, like brass and copper. Wooden urns usually have a panel on the bottom that is fastened with screws. Some urns have a bung hole with a plastic plug. Some of our marble urns have a threaded bung hole. Ceramic urns for ashes may have a friction fitting lid that can be sealed with a bit of silicone sealent or a plug in the bottom. One key feature to a scattering urn is that it can be opened and closed with ease. Scattering urns are designed to easily disperse the ashes back into nature, so they are designed to be easily and thoroughly emptied. For added protection or just a permanent closure you can add some crazy glue or some clear silicone to the opening.

Who will fill the cremation urn for ashes?

Most families are very capable of filling the urn themselves. It is mechanically easy and can be therapeutic. However, we understand that for some the task can be emotionally overwhelming and that some outside help or just the support of a friend may be necessary to fill the cremation urn. The funeral home or crematory will usually give you the ashes in a temporary cardboard or plastic container, within which is almost always a plastic bag containing the ashes. This bag of ashes can usually be transferred right into the new urn without ever having to touch the ashes. If you prefer, you may give your funeral professional the urn; they will gladly fill it for you. When outside help is not available and you are not comfortable filling the urn yourself, you may mail the ashes to Cremation Solutions and we will fill it for you. Always mail ashes by USPS registered mail.

Can I put other items inside the urn with the ashes?

Personal items such as rings, wallets, letters, cards, photos and more can be added to the contents of the urn. We at Cremation Solutions believe there is no wrong or right way to participate when it comes to cremation. Many people choose cremation in the first place because of all of the freedoms that go along with the whole process. Cremation Solutions believes that what ever make you feel good is the right thing to do when it comes the memorializing your loved one.

Does Cremation Solutions guarantee their urns for ashes?

Cremation Solutions guarantees all of its products from defects in workmanship. We also have a "no questions asked" return policy. Please read Our Policy.

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