Frequently asked questions F.A.Q.

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Choosing an urn

Pulvis Art Urns offers a wide variety of ceramic urns and keepsakes with traditional and modern design. Choosing the right product really depends on what you intend to do with your loved ones ashes.

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What size urn would I need?

The ash remains of adults would require 100-180 cubic inches, but the variation depends on their weight. The standard Pulvis Art urns are of 200 cubic inches ash capacity. If you want to share the ashes with your family members, you can consider the keepsake urns. We offer choices in terms of size, design and color. 

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What is the difference between a keepsake and a standard urn ?

A keepsake urn is a very small urn, which purpose is to contain a small amount of ashes, so that other family members can each have a memorial. In this respect they perform a similar task to ashes jewellery. A standard urn is designed to take the full amount of ashes .

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How much ash is left after cremation?

Standard size urns have approximately 200 cubic inches or 3,5 Litres of internal volume and are suitable for an average adult. 1 Litre is 61 cubic inches and 1 cubic inch is 0,0164 Litres. If you are not sure of the exact volume please contact your crematorium.

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How to place the ashes in the cremation urns?

You should receive the ashes in a plastic bag, or container. We recommend keeping them in the plastic container and then place them into the urn. If you feel uncomfortable doing this, you can contact a funeral director to put the ashes in the urn for you.

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What do I do with the ashes ?

You may wish to scatter your loved ones ashes in a memorable location. Some people scatter the ashes and use the urn to contain some small personal possessions. There are no rules regarding this. You can scatter the ashes on any piece of private land, as long as you have the owner's permission. For scattering on public land, you'll need to ask for permission from the local government. 

Ashes can be also kept in a place of remembrance, normally at home or at a columbarium. Burying the ashes is also an option, as they are placed in an urn and buried in a designated spot.

 

Before buying, consider where you wish to keep the urn and how prominent you would like it to be. Keepsake urn, for example, are perfect if you want to keep just a little reminder of the loved one or share the ashes between family. Keeping ashes in the garden is also a suitable variant.

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Scattering ceremony

Scatering the ashes of a loved one is a special occasion. With just a little preparation in advance the ceremony of scattering will be meaningful and memorable. There are numerous ways you could add a memorable addition and that is entirely up to you.

Some of the options we suggest : 

  • Use a scattering urn; 
  • Release doves;
  • Recite a poem or sing a song;
  • Scatter wildflower seeds or plant a treee - where allowed; 
  • Hire a company, specialised in such matters; 

Please, be responsible and don't leave funeral tributes on public places after the ceremony. 

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Can the urn be sealed ?

The urns can be sealed permanently by applying glue (glass adhesive) around the rim and securely fastening it to the urn. If you have any troubles sealing the lid, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

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Can I put other things in the urn?

There are no rules regarding this! You can put anything that fits in the urn, as long as the urn is big enough. Some people prefer to scatter the ashes and use the urn as a container for some small personal possessions. 

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Caring for ceramic urns

Ceramic urns can be gently wiped clean with a dry cloth to remove any dust build-up or other surface dirt. Ceramics are fragile and can break easily if knocked over. 

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Cremation process - Everything you need to know

As cremation is getting more and more popular, many people want to find out what happens at a cremation and where the ashes go afterwards.

The process takes place in a cremation chamber, where the body is exposed to a high temperature, raging between 1400 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. On average, the cremation process thakes between two and three hours.

 

It is important to know that any medical devices, jewellery or sentimental keepsakes should be removed before cremation.

After the process of cremation, the sahes are removed from the chamber and placed to cool. The body is now reduced to fine white-gray ash.

Usually a coffin is not necessary for cremation, as it is used mainly to provide a dignified way to move the body. On the cremation day, the coffin is brought into the chapel follewd by the mourners. It is then labelled with an appropriate card with the needed information for the cremation and then the coffin is positioned inside the cremation chamber.

 

It is not common for funeral homes and cemeteries to have their own crematorium, however, some of them offer this service. The average cost of cremation service is usually around £700. They may be extra fees such as doctor’s fee, administration services and funeral ceremony expenses. The cremation process is way cheaper than a burial, mostly due to the shortage of cemetery land and the high expenses of burial spaces.

 

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Travelling with ashes

When choosing to carry ashes with you when travelling, then you should consider the following things :

  • the certificate for cremation;
  • a certified copy of the death certificate;
  • carry the cremated remains in a non-metallic urn;
  • contact the airline operator in advance; 
  • notify customs;

Usually an unaccompanied cremation ashes can be sent by airfreight under certain circumstances, but you have to contact your airline operator in advance;

In case you find the answers listed above not helpful, please do not hesitate to contact us.