What Size Urn Do I Need?
The cremated remains of an average adult generally requires an urn capacity of approximately 200 cubic inches.
Urn Size Formula
An appropriate urn size can best be judged by using the standard formula: 1 cubic inch per 1 lb. of body weight
Each companion, oversize, memento and keepsake urn is listed with it's dimensions including an urn's capacity in cubic inches.
*It is better to have an urn too large than too small.
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Urn Size Glossary
Companion or Double Urn
: An urn designed to hold the cremated remains of two adult individuals (approximately 400 - 500 cubic inches).Back to Top
Individual or Adult
: An urn designed to hold the cremated remains of one adult individual (approximately 200 cubic inches).Back to Top
: An urn or jewelry piece designed to hold the partial cremated remains of an adult individual, or possibly, the complete cremated remains of an infant or youth. *See Urn Size Formula
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Infant or Youth Urn
: An urn designed to hold the cremated remains of an infant or youth (approximately 15 - 75 cubic inches). * See Urn Size Formula
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TSA Regulation for Cremated Remains
A message for your information as stated on the Transportation Security Administration website regarding airline transportation of cremated remains.
We understand how painful losing a loved one is, and we respect anyone traveling with crematory remains. Passengers are allowed to carry a crematory container as part of their carry-on luggage, but the container must pass through the X-ray machine. If the container is made of a material that generates an opaque image and prevents the Transportation Security Officer from clearly being able to see what is inside, then the container cannot be allowed through the security checkpoint.
Out of respect to the deceased and their family and friends, under no circumstances will an officer open the container even if the passenger requests this be done. Documentation from the funeral home is not sufficient to carry a crematory container through security and onto a plane without screening.
You may transport the urn as checked baggage provided that it is successfully screened. We will screen the urn for explosive materials/devices using a variety of techniques; if cleared, it will be permitted as checked baggage only.
Some airlines do not allow cremated remains as checked baggage so please check with your air carrier before attempting to transport a crematory container in checked baggage.
Crematory containers are made from many different types of materials, all with varying thickness. At present, we cannot state for certain whether your particular crematory container can successfully pass through an X-ray machine. However, we suggest that you purchase a temporary or permanent crematory container made of a lighter weight material such as wood or plastic that can be successfully X-rayed. We will continue to work with funeral home associations to provide additional guidance in the future