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James L. Sanders
Stacie J. Peterson
The dimensions of urns differ considerably, so we look at the urn's capacity. How much ashes is produced after cremation depends on the person's body weight. There is one cubic inch of ash for every pound of body weight. So for a 300-lb person, you will need at least 300 cubic inches, but we always recommend getting a slightly larger urn.
The cremains of your loved one will weigh approximately 3.5% of their original weight. However, when it comes to the cremains of women vs. men, men typically weigh more. For example, the ashes of a 300-lb man will weigh around 10.5 lbs. The total weight of an urn with ashes will depend on the material of the urn. For example, with brass vs. aluminum urns, brass is the heavier of the two, ranging from 4–7 pounds, and aluminum is only 2–5 lbs.
Due to the pressure of the ground above the buried urn, strong materials are best. Many metals are top choices, including brass, aluminum, or stainless steel. Some types of stone, like granite or marble, can also work.
You could scatter your loved one’s ashes somewhere outdoors that was significant to them. For example, in the open ocean, river, or lake with a water burial. You could also use a biodegradable urn for a tree burial. If you keep the ashes at home, get creative with how you display them. For instance, create an inside garden and place the urn among the pot plants. You could also divide the ashes into small keepsake urns that different family members can keep in different locations.