One of the more critical things to consider when choosing an urn is the size. The standard urns are made in a standard size capable of holding the ashes from an adult cremation. However, if the amount of ashes produced exceeds that capacity, a larger urn is needed. Fortunately, Eirene offers a beautiful selection of larger urns to fit your needs. Below are 10 of the largest cremation urns found in the Eirene store.
Before cremation, each pound (or half a kilogram) of body weight equals approximately one cubic inch (16.3 cubic cm) of ashes. If someone were 175 lbs (79.4 kg) before cremation, they would need an urn with a capacity of at least 175 cubic inches (2868 cubic cm). However, this can vary slightly depending on the type of cremation chosen.
Aquamation, for example, creates approximately 20 to 30 per cent more ashes than flame cremation. Therefore, if choosing aquamation, it is essential to factor this into the urn selection process.
Most standard urns are created with the capacity to carry the ashes from anyone up to around 200 lbs (91 kg) in body mass. Therefore, if your loved one exceeds that weight, they will likely need a larger urn. Likewise, if your loved one is close to 200 lbs, but chooses aquamation, they may need a larger urn.
The Black Gas Tank urn has the largest capacity on the Eirene store. It is made from metal with a black-silver finish. It has a volume of 350 cubic inches and weighs 9.5 lbs. Engraving is available on the urn.
The Arlington urn also has a large capacity, albeit smaller than the previous one. It has a volume of 305 cubic inches and weighs 5.2 lbs. It has two engraving options: on the urn and on a plate.
The Eliptica urn is made from onyx with a Blanco San Luis colour/finish. It has a volume of 290 cubic inches and weighs 11.2 lbs.
This Roots urn is a biodegradable urn made from clay and coffee grounds. These types of urn are designed to decompose quicker over time and are ideal for ground burials.
The urn comes in white-coloured finish on the top and coffee-coloured finish on the bottom. It has a volume of 240 cubic inches and weighs 8.5 lbs.
The Bios Urn is another biodegradeable urn. It is designed to covert the ashes into a tree after burial. It is made with two capsules, one will hold the seeds or a seedling and the other will hold the ashes. It decomposes over time and grows into a tree. This is a great option for someone that would like to give back to the environment after death.
It has a volume of 220 cubic inches and weighs 1.87 lbs. Included in the box is the urn, instructions, and a soil expansion disc.
#6: Adam Urn
The Adam urn is made from Zinc/Bronze with a textured Antique Bronze colour/finish. On the front of the urn is an engraving of a tree. It has a volume of 220 cubic inches and weighs 6 lbs. This has two engraving options: on the urn and on a plate.
#7: Caracol Urn
The Eliptica urn is made from onyx with a Blanco colour/finish. It has a volume of 220 cubic inches and weighs 8.8 lbs.
This urn is made from Oak with a medium shaded sating colour/finish. It has a volume of 220 cubic inches and weighs 5.8 lbs. This has two engraving options: on the urn and on a plate.
This urn is made from leather with a black colour/finish. Carved on the front of the urn is suit and tie. The ebony urn has a volume of 205 cubic inches and weighs 2.9 lbs.
A companion urn typically stores the cremated remains of two people. Therefore, these urns often have double the capacity of a standard urn. Therefore, the size is typically 400 cubic inches or larger.
Although these are usually made to hold the ashes of two individuals, if the quantity of ashes does not fit within urn options, a companion urn can be used instead.
You can find a great selection of companion urns on the Eirene store website. Prices range from $400 to $1,400 - see them here: companion urns.
Learn more about what to do if a person's ashes won't fit the urn that has been selected for them.
Also see: How much ashes from from a human