How to Properly Transfer Cremated Remains: Our Guide

How to Properly Transfer Cremated Remains: Our Guide

There is nothing more painful than seeing your loved one pass away. Adding salt to the wound is dealing with the funeral and cremation while you’re still in the process of grieving. But no matter what, your special someone deserves a dignified death, and up to their last breath, you want them to be loved and taken care of. 

Once you receive the ashes or cremated remains of your loved one, you have the option to move them to a display urn or take a portion as a keepsake. While this process can be quite overwhelming, it’s crucial to know what to do.

In this article, we will share how to properly transfer the cremated remains of your loved one:

What cremated remains look like

First, it’s best to know what cremated remains look like. No, they aren’t necessarily ashes as many people might expect. Actually, they are bone fragments that are processed to resemble white or gray dusty sand. While they aren’t toxic and harmful, they are heavier and coarser. 

For the uninitiated, consider each pound before cremation as equivalent to a cubic inch of ashes. This means that a 190-pound person requires an urn capable of holding 190 cubic inches––that’s equal to a five-pound bag of sugar.

Evergreen JAX isn’t only a Jacksonville cemetery but a funeral home and crematory combined. Our goal is to help mourning families save up and have convenient arrangements in one location. Ultimately, we want to give your deceased loved one a dignified death. 

What materials to prepare for the transfer

There are a few materials you will need to make handy and readily available for the actual transfer of remains. Here’s what to prepare: 

  • Newspaper
  • Scissors
  • A funnel 
  • A plastic bag
  • Temporary urn and new urn
  • A mask and gloves

How to transfer the cremated remains

Now, let’s cover our practical guide to transferring the cremated remains into the urn. Follow the steps below:

  • Start by deciding on the transfer method discussed above.
  • Put your mask on and wear your gloves.
  • Place the display urn on the newspaper.
  • Keep all your materials and tools within reach.
  • Open the temporary urn and remove the plastic bag.
  • Perform one of the three transfer methods:
    • Put the whole plastic bag of remains into the new urn.
    • Cut a small hole in your plastic bag and pour the remains into the urn.
    • Place another clean plastic bag into the new urn and pour the remains into the bag.
  • Scoop any spilled remains from the paper underneath and add them to the urn.
  • Once all remains are transferred, cover and secure your display urn.
  • Clean the area and place your urn where it’s supposed to be stored.


At this point, you now know what it takes to transfer the cremated remains of your loved one. To that end, be sure to consider all the valuable information we’ve shared and follow the step-to-step guide discussed above. Ultimately, you will be able to close the chapter with acceptance and healing, and eventually move on in time!

We offer cremation services in Jacksonville, FL, that include the cemetery, funeral home, and crematory. If you’re looking to transfer or take a portion of your loved one’s cremated remains, get in touch with us today to see how we can help!

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