Burial Vaults for Cremation Urns

Do I need a burial vault?

To answer this question we need to clarify a few points by asking ourselves a few additional questions.

Does your cemetery require a vault?

Cemeteries and memorial gardens often require cremation urns to be first placed in a burial vault. Consult your funeral planner or local cemetery first to see if a vault is a requirement for the place of burial, interment.

What is an Urn Vault?

An urn vault, urn burial vault or cremation urn vault is any reinforced outer structure that protects the cremation urn against moisture and the weight of the earth.

How well do you want to protect the ashes?

The importance of an urn burial vault is clear is this example: An unprotected wooden cremation urn over time will more than likely weaken and collapse because of the moisture and the weight of the earth. Some thin metal urns, ceramic cremation urns and glass urns will collapse over time as well. The ashes will typically be contained in a plastic bag within the urn however this will break down over time as well if exposed to moisture and mother nature. At the ground surface the urn collapse will usually results in a what is called a sunken grave. It is a difficult sight upon a family's visit as well as a maintenance problem for the cemetery. If you don't like the idea of this and do not want the ashes to disturbed by natural forces then you should purchase a vault to hold the cremation urn.

Are there burial vault alternatives?

As noted above, vaults are only needed if the cemetery requires one or if you are concerned about protecting the ashes from moisture and the weight of the earth. When possible or allowed by the cemetery, it is advisable to spend a couple dollars more on a strong, durable urn. In most cases a permanent cultured marble urn, cultured marble urn/vault (an urn that doubles as a cremation urn and vault), cast bronze urn, marble urn or stone urn can eliminate the need for a burial vault. These types of urns will hold up very well over time and last for generations. Some urn will be strong enough and meet compression testing requirements to be considered vaults, even though they are sold as urns or combination urn vaults.

What does Mainely Urns recommend for burials?

The Mackenzie Cultured Marble Urn Vault is our first choice for ashes that will be buried. The urn comes in 27 colors (single and double "companion urn" models) and can be personalized with engraving. Our second choice would be any brass cremation urn that would fit in a standard inexpensive urn vault like the Pyramid Burial Vault.

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Cremation Urn Sizing
What size urn do I need?

One pound of body weight will yield just less than 1 cubic inch of ash. Assume for shopping purposes that: 1 pound body weight = 1 cubic inch ash.

Cremation urn item descriptions list the size of the urn in Cubic Inches. If you know the weight of the deceased - then you know the size of the urn you need. Approx Weight = Approx Size.

Easy example: A cremated 100 pound person will yield almost 100 cubic inches of ashes. So, if 1 pound = 1 cubic inch then this person would need an urn that is approximately 90-100 cubic inches or larger.

Keepsake Jewelry is designed to hold a trace amount of ashes, similar to the size of the head of a sewing pin.

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