Can I Supply My Own Container For Cremated Remains?

By: Tom Gallagher
Monday, March 20, 2023

The loss of a loved one is a difficult and emotional time. One of the decisions that need to be made after the cremation is choosing a container for the cremated remains.

Aspects To Keep In View While Choosing Your Own Container For Cremated Remains

At Nutmeg State Cremation Society, we have seen that many people wonder if they can supply their own containers for cremated remains. The short answer is yes, but there are some guidelines to keep in view:

  • The container must meet the minimum size requirement of 200 cubic inches. This is the minimum capacity required to hold the ashes of an average-sized adult. It is important to ensure that the container is the appropriate size to prevent any issues with the transfer or storage of the remains.
  • The container you choose must have a lid. This is important to ensure that the ashes are secure and to prevent any accidental spills or leaks. A secure lid also provides a measure of protection for the remains during transport or storage.
  • Make sure the container isn’t a vase or any other decorative item that is not specifically designed for holding cremated remains. This is because such items may not meet the necessary requirements for durability and security.

Choose A Suitable Cremation Urn

It is important to note that many funeral homes and crematories offer a range of containers to choose from. These containers are designed specifically for holding cremated remains and meet all the necessary requirements. They are also available in a range of styles and materials to suit different preferences.

If you do decide to supply your own container, it is recommended that you discuss your choice with the funeral home or crematory beforehand. This is to ensure that the container meets all the necessary requirements and that there will be no issues during the transfer or storage of the remains.

Other Things To Consider

It is also necessary to consider the long-term storage of the remains. If you plan to keep the ashes at home, you may want to choose a container that is aesthetically pleasing and provides a measure of emotional comfort. If you are burying the cremated remains or placing them in a columbarium, you may want to choose a more durable and long-lasting container.

Funeral homes and crematories also offer a range of containers that are specifically designed for holding cremated remains and meet all the necessary requirements.

For more details about containers for cremated remains, please call Nutmeg State Cremation Society at 203-348-0443. You can drop us a line via this online form, and one of our team members will call you back to answer questions and discuss your cremation service requirements. 

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