Information about funeral urns | the amount of ashes

How much ash is left after cremation?

The average amount of ash left over after the cremation of an adult is about 3 to 3.5 liters or 183 to 213 cubic inches. For a child this will be 0.8 to 2 liters or 54 to 122 cubic inches and for a (premature) baby 0.3 to 0.7 liters or 18 to 43 cubic inches. Your crematorium will always know the exact volume. It is possible to disperse part of the ashes and keep the rest in an urn, cremation ash keepsake urn or piece of memorial jewelry like an ashes pendant.

The industry guide is that for every pound of body weight, allow one cubic inch of cremated remains. Standard size adult urns have approximately 213 cubic inches or 3,5 Liters of internal volume and are suitable for an average adult. 1 cubic inch is 0,0164 litres and 1 litre is 61 cubic inches. The table below is based on averages. If you are not sure of the exact volume please contact your crematorium or Funeral Director.

  baby- and child urns       Pet urns   Adult urns
                   
Age Boy Girl Volume   Weight Volume      Volume 
                   
22 weeks up to 2 lbs up to 2 lbs 10 cu in   up to 2 lbs 9 cu in   183 - 213 cu in
40 weeks up to 19 lbs up to 19 lbs 40 cu in   up to 17 lbs 31 cu in      
1 year 22 lbs 22 lbs 49 cu in   up to 26 lbs 61 cu in      
2 year 26 lbs 26 lbs 61 cu in   up to 44 lbs 92 cu in      
3 year 33 lbs 33 lbs 76 cu in   up to 88 lbs 123 cu in      
4 year 37 lbs 37 lbs 82 cu in   up to 132 lbs 183 cu in      
5 year 41 lbs 41 lbs 89 cu in   > 132 lbs  244 cu in      
6 year 48 lbs 48 lbs 95 cu in            
7 year 52 lbs 52 lbs 98 cu in            
8 year 57 lbs 57 lbs 101 cu in            
9 year 61 lbs 61 lbs 107 cu in            
10 year 68 lbs 68 lbs 113 cu in            
11 year 77 lbs 77 lbs 122 cu in            
12 year 85 lbs 85 lbs 137 cu in            
13 year 99 lbs 99 lbs 146 cu in            
14 year 114 lbs 114 lbs 159 cu in            
15 year 125 lbs 125 lbs 171 cu in            
16 year 134 lbs 134 lbs 183 cu in            

We apologize in advance for this table because it may be inconvenient, but we find it very important to inform you as good as possible.