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Cremation Urn Types and Varieties

Adult Urn – A container which holds the cremated remains of one adult, typically sized at the industry standard of 200 cubic inches or larger. Also known as a standard sized urn.

Child Urn – A container which holds the cremated remains of a child or infant. Usually synonymous with infant urn. Sizes vary, but are normally smaller than 100 cubic inches.

Companion Urn – A container which holds the cremated remains of two adults, typically sized at the industry standard of 400 cubic inches or larger.

Infant Urn – A container which holds the cremated remains of an infant. Often synonymous with child urn. Sizes vary, but are normally smaller than 100 cubic inches.

Keepsake Urn – A container meant to hold a small amount of cremains, ranging from as little as 1 cubic inch on up. Keepsake urns are used in a variety of ways: as a way to divide the remains among family members; as a keepsake memorial for when the ashes are scattered, buried, or deposited in a niche; to keep at one’s bedside when the standard-sized urn is kept on the fireplace mantle. 

Pet Urn – A container which holds the cremated remains of an animal. Sizes vary depending on the animal for which the urn is intended.

Scattering Urn – A container that is either biodegradable for water disposition or with an easy-opening top or bottom for casting the remains out into nature.

Standard Urn – An adult urn (see above).

Temporary Urn – The container which holds the cremated remains when returned to the relatives of deceased by the crematorium. Usually a cheap but sturdy plastic or cardboard material, the cremains are held in a durable plastic bag within the temporary urn until buried or transferred to a permanent urn. At Urns Northwest, we offer a selection of wood urns that will hold (or can be special ordered to hold) a temporary urn.

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