Determining the correct urn capacity

Choosing the correct size urn

The contents of the urn is usually the starting point for choosing a tangible reminder of a loved one. We would like to apologise in advance for all the (technical) details, which – especially during a difficult period – can be very challenging. However, we think it is very important that you are given as much information as possible, enabling you to determine the correct capacity for the urn.

An urn for all or part of the ashes?

You can opt to place all of the ashes of the dear deceased in a single urn or divide the ashes between several urns. In this way, for example, you can share the ashes with different family members.

The maximum capacity (volume) of our urns is stated in the product information for each urn. If you are not going to keep the urn at home, but want to place it in an urn vault or urn wall, you should also take the dimensions of the urn into account. These are also listed in the product details of every urn shown in our urns webshop.

We also recommend that you always keep part of the ashes separately (e.g. in the ash box that you received from the crematorium), in case the urn should break or be lost.

How much ash is released after cremation?

The average amount of ash that is released after the cremation of an adult is between 3 and 5 litres. Below is a table, which allows you to determine the likely amount of the ashes that will be released, based on the body weight of your deceased loved one, and the minimum capacity of the urn. Note that this table is based on averages. We recommend to contact your funeral director or the crematorium to request the details of the exact amount of ashes to be released and to determine which urn(s) you wish to order on that basis.

Loved one's weightMinimum urn capacity
1 kg or less0,2 litre
1 - 10 kg0,6 litre
10 - 12 kg1 litre
12 - 20 kg1,5 litres
20 - 40 kg2 litres
40 - 50 kg2,5 litres
50 - 75 kg3 litres
75 - 100 kg4 litres
100 - 125 kg5 litres
More than 125 kg6 litres

How much ash is released after the cremation of a pet?

Below is a table, where the minimum urn size is shown on the basis of the body weight of your deceased pet. Note that this table is based on averages. It is best to contact the crematorium to request the details of the exact amount of ashes to be released and to determine which urn you wish to order on that basis.

Pet's weightMinimum urn capacity
1 kg or less0,2 litre
1 - 5 kg0,3 litre
5 - 8 kg0,5 litre
8 - 12 kg1 litre
12 - 20 kg1,5 litres
20 - 35 kg2 litres
35 - 75 kg3 litres

A custom-made urn

You can buy a urn from stock, but you can also consider having the urn completely custom-made and personalised.

Artemis offers this service. Each custom-made urn is discussed extensively and treated personally. Based on your preferences and wishes, we will work together to look for the perfect urn for your deceased cat.

Do you have any special wishes or do you want a different volume of an existing model? Please feel free to contact us so that we can discuss the possibilities. We are happy to help you!

Do you have questions?

Need more information? Let us help! We are happy to advise you and will do everything we can to find the right urn, as a tangible and beautiful reminder of your deceased loved one.