Can I “Split” Cremated Remains Into More Than One Urn?

By: Tom Gallagher
Monday, March 27, 2023

Cremation is a popular alternative to traditional burial, and it is becoming increasingly common in many parts of the world. When someone is cremated, their remains are reduced to ash and bone fragments.

These remains are typically placed in an urn or another container, which can then be kept at home or buried in a cemetery. At Nutmeg State Cremation Society many clients ask us whether they can split cremated remains into more than one urn.

Aspects To Consider While Splitting Cremated Remains

If you want to divide the remains among family members or keep some in different locations - Can you split cremated remains into more than one urn? Cremated remains are not like traditional ashes. They are actually bone fragments that have been ground into fine powder. This means that the cremated remains can be divided among multiple urns without any risk of contamination or harm. However, there are some important things to consider, such as:

  • Legal Consideration- For example, it is important to ensure that everyone who wants a portion of the remains has a legal right to them. In most cases, this means that the person who signed the cremation authorization form (usually the next of kin) has the right to decide how the remains will be handled.
  • Permission- If you want to split the remains among multiple urns, you will need to get permission from the person who has the legal right to make that decision.
  • Urn Size- Another consideration is the size of the urns. If you want to split the remains among multiple urns, you will need to make sure that each urn is large enough to hold the amount of remains that you want to include.
  • Transporting The Cremated Remains- You will also need to consider how you will transport and store the urns once the remains have been divided.
  • Placing The Urn At Home- If you are planning to keep the urns at home, you will need to find a safe and secure location where they will not be damaged/accidentally knocked over.
  • Burying The Remains- If you plan to bury the urns in a cemetery, you will need to make sure that each urn is properly labeled and that the cemetery allows for multiple urns to be buried in the same plot.

You can send us questions about how to split cremated remains or any of our services via this online form, and one of our team members will call you back soon to discuss your requirements. Please call Nutmeg State Cremation Society at 203-348-0443 for information on this and our other services. 

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