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How to transfer ashes into a cremation urn

 

How to fill a cremation urn with ashes

1. To transfer the ashes into an urn get two large pieces of card from the newsagent. Place one under the urn to collect any spillage and roll the other into a large funnel with a wide neck hole. Make the hole opening slightly smaller than the opening of the urn. Tape the funnel with sticky tape so it does not open up when in use.

 

Tips on transferring ashes into an urn

2. If the lid of the urn is tight and hard to open, wearing a rubber glove will provide extra grip. Have one person hold the funnel while you slowly pour the ashes into the urn. You may be wodering what the ashes will look like. Ashes are made of crushed calcium (bone) which is the same as sand. Ashes usually look very similar to sand at the beach.

Filling an urn with ashes

3. Tap the urn gently and shake the urn when it is half full to settle the ashes downward into the urn to create more space in the urn for the remaining cremation ashes. If you do not want to use cardboard as a funnel to decant the cremation ashes into the urn you can buy a extra large plastic funnel but make sure the spout is no smaller than a 20cent piece.

Collecting all the cremation ashes

4. At the very end of the process use a dry artist paint brush to help brush in the last remaining ash dust (which may be on the side of the funnel) into the urn. If you are not comfortable with tansferring the ashes into the urn that you have bought from our online urn store we are happy to provide this service for you free of charge. Your funeral director or the crematorium can also provide this serivce.

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