Urn capacity is measured in cubic inches. To determine the size urn needed, simply convert pounds into cubic inches. For example, if a person weighed 125 lbs, then the urn needs to have 125 cubic inch capacity (125 cu. in.). This information is given with each image on the urn pages.
Deciding what to do with the ashes of a departed loved one is a very personal choice. Allowing yourself time to do what feels right is an important part of your own grieving process. If you are certain that you would like to contain the cremated remains in your urn, sealing it may feel like the right choice. A funeral home may be able to provide this service. You may also do it yourself using epoxy putty. I will include instructions for urn-sealing in the boxed urn sent to you.
If you think at some point you might like to scatter the ashes or perform another type of ritual, you may want to leave the urn unsealed. One funeral home recommends waiting for at least a year if you are unsure about what to do, and then revisit your options on the anniversary date of the death, allowing yourself time to develop a clear sense of what feels right to do with the ashes.
Keepsake urns are small urns meant for containing a small portion of ash. Some families choose to divide the ashes of the deceased among family members, and so a set of small urns allows each person to have a small symbolic portion of the ash in a matching urn.
Other people prefer simply to keep only a small amount of ash and scatter the rest in a meaningful location. It is up to you to do what feels right for you and your family.
In addition to the keepsake urns pictured on the urn page, I can offer to make sets based on the larger urns that are pictured, and make the number you need in a smaller, simpler form. Contact me to discuss the number and style of keepsake urns you would like.
Names and dates can be inscribed on the urn while making it, when the clay is soft. If you order one of the finished urns pictured on the website, I am not able to inscribe a name in the clay. There are ways that you could add the name and date once you receive the urn, by having a metal, wood, or cork disk inscribed and adhered to the bottom, or somewhere else on the urn. I will be happy to discuss these possibilities with you.
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Article with ideas of things to consider when buying an urn.