About Cremation Urns
Shopping for a cremation urn is always a challenge, especially when a loss is recent. At Perfect Memorials, we carry a wide selection of urns for all interests, style preferences, and budgets, and we're here to make your purchase an easy one. Consider first which type of material you'd prefer, then take a look at our categories of urns for ashes to see your options. We also offer a complete Cremation Memorial Buyer's Guide to help you find exactly what you need.
In our extensive catalog, you'll find both urns for human ashes and urns for pets, as well as keepsake and sharing urns if you'll be keeping only a portion of cremains.
After the loss of a loved one, many people choose to honor the person's memory by keeping their cremated ashes, also known as cremains, secure in a beautiful storage container. Urns for ashes can be made out of almost any material, from metal to stone to wood, and come in a number of different shapes. While many people prefer a more traditional vase style urn, other options include chests, cubes, heart-shaped containers, and more.
In addition to your budget, there are two factors that are especially important when choosing a cremation urn: size and storage location.
Before you select an urn, you'll need to know the approximate amount of cremains you have to store. All cremation urns from Perfect Memorials clearly show their volume on the order page in cubic inches. For each pound of healthy body weight, you will require one cubic inch of volume in the urn. This measurement will give you a good approximation, but we do recommend that you select an urn that is slightly larger than you estimate that you'll need. For more information on choosing a cremation urn in the appropriate volume and size, see our article on how to select the right size urn.
In general, a medium urn will hold about 140 cubic inches, a large holds at least 200 cubic inches, and an extra-large urn should hold 300 cubic inches or more. The actual capacity will vary by urn, however, so always check the size before you make a purchase.
Where Will the Urn Be Stored?
If you plan to keep the cremation urn at home, then choose whatever size and style you'd like. If it will be stored in a niche or columbarium, however, be sure to consider the dimensions of the space the urn will occupy. If you're looking for an urn for burial, you will likely need to purchase a burial container to place it in or an urn vault that can be buried without damage.
Please note that, if the urn will be placed in a cemetery or other facility, you may be required to have the name of deceased directly engraved onto the urn. Not all urns can be directly engraved, so make sure that you choose an option that fulfills this requirement.
You can also contact our support team for assistance in finding the best urn for ashes to fit your specific needs.
Perfect Memorials offers more than 1,000 unique pet urns. Like cremation urns for human ashes, pet urns are available in a wide range of materials, including wood, metal, and ceramic — even biodegradable options are available. Most urns can be personalized with a special message or sentiment for the beloved pet.
The size of the cremation urn is also very important to consider when choosing the resting place for your pet. Due to the way in which pet cremains are processed, they generally take up slightly more room than human cremains. This means that 1 pound isn't always equal to 1 cubic inch. On top of the pet's healthy weight, add an additional 10-15 cubic inches to ensure all of the cremains will fit inside the urn. It is OK to have an urn that is larger than you may need. With the extra space, families often store their pet's favorite toy or collar.
Free ground delivery is included in the price of all our urns and other memorial products. We also offer affordable flat-rate expedited shipping methods as well. Need help finding the right cremation urn? Call 1-800-979-8767. One of our friendly support team is happy to assist you in finding the perfect urn for your loved one.
Enter in an approximate weight of your loved one before cremation and we will tell you the size needed.
Try finding an urn with our easy cremation urn finder.
Choosing the right size urn is easy. For every one pound before cremation you will need 1 cubic inch of volume. For example, a loved one weighing 200 pounds will need an urn that is at least 200 cubic inches or larger. Choosing an urn larger then you need is OK.