What size urn do I need?
1 pound of Body Weight = 1 CI (cubic inch) of Urn Space
The Simplest Answer: In general, many memorial industry professionals have adopted the following - easy to remember - rule of thumb:
Various Urn Types
Large Size Individual Urns
This is probably the most common sized urn, designed to hold the cremation remains of one individual. The average amount of cremation remains for an individual is usually a little less than 200 cubic inches, so our large size urns work well in the vast majority of cases.
Small Size Individual Urns
This size is commonly used for a child or a medium/large pet. These urns range in size from 75-94 cubic inches.
These urns are the smallest that are available from the memorial industry. Ours range in size from 13 to 22 cubic inches. The most common use of a keepsake urn is to hold simply a small portion of cremation remains. Keepsake urns are most often used by families who want to share a loved one’s remains. A small portion of the remains are often poured into two or more keepsake urns, and those urns can be divided among families who live in various regions. They are also used for small pets.