Finding An Urn For A Large Loved One

Posted on: 14 October 2015

Losing a loved one is never easy, and choosing a vessel for their cremains to be interred in is difficult. When that loved one was large in life, it can be a bit more challenging to find an urn, as many urns are designed for average-weight people. However, choosing an urn for a large, overweight, or obese person isn't impossible, and can even lead to some unique choices.

Cubic Inches to Weight

The first thing to keep in mind is that urn manufacturers generally suggest that your urn needs a cubic inch of space per pound of weight. So, for example, if the person who has passed was 300 pounds, you'll need 300 cubic inches of space in your urn of choice. Urn websites and catalogs kept by crematories will provide information on how much space each urn has, so you can make your selection based on that information.

Urns Designed for Larger People or Two People

If your loved one was particularly large, choosing an urn that's intended for more than one person may be a good choice. These urns are much larger and are designed to either hold larger amounts of cremains from one person, or two people. While some of these urns have dividers built-in, the majority of them are designed so you can either keep the divider in or remove it if you intend for the urn to house only one person's cremains.

Custom Urns

Having a custom urn designed for your loved one is also a great option, which will allow their memory to continue on uniquely. Custom urns can be designed and ordered from many online shops, and your crematory of choice will likely have some companies they partner with to provide this option as well. Urns aren't limited to simple vase-like or box-like containers anymore; many unique urns that are essentially hollow sculptures of angels, sports objects, musical instruments, and more exist. They can be custom ordered to the size you need, and will serve as a fitting tribute to your loved one.

If you still can't find one that suits you, a 3D-printed urn can be the size you need and any shape you want for your loved one. Many companies have begun to offer 3D-printed urns that are designed to your specifications, and the size your loved one's cremains need. 

Choosing an urn for a loved one can be a difficult decision to make, but plenty of options exist for larger people that will please you and honor them. Whether you shop online or work with the crematory to find a suitable option, you can surely find an urn that will treasure the memory of your loved one. Click here for more about this topic.