Top 5 Things To Do With Cremation Ashes
Published April 21st, 2021
Dying wishes and changing views on death combined with ever-rising funeral costs make cremation very popular in the US. But with it comes an oft-asked question: what to do with cremation ashes?
Well, a lot. Unlike traditional burials, cremation offers endless possibilities. No wonder why people are getting very creative with their loved one’s cremation ashes. Some of them can range from innovative to downright morbid.
If you’re still not sure what to do with your or your loved one’s ashes, these ingenious and sometimes unconventional ideas can help you get started.
1. Keep Cremation Ashes at Home
Isn’t it bad to keep cremation ashes at home? This is a question most people ask when this option is suggested.
Technically, there is nothing wrong with keeping ashes at home. It’s one way of staying close to your loved ones even after they’ve gone on. As long as it’s kept tightly sealed and in a place away from the reach of children, it won’t pose a health or sanitation hazard. However, if you’re Catholic, you might want to consult your local parish priest first.
Putting ashes in a cremation urn is one of the most popular ways of keeping a loved one’s cremated remains at home. The choice of urns is wide and varied and sometimes can even be personalized. Some of the most common urns you can choose from are:
Ceramic urns remain a popular choice for containing cremated remains. They’re decorative and lasts for years. Plus, they possess a kind of classic appeal that is timeless.
The only downsides to ceramic urns are that they’re heavy and extremely fragile. If you’re going to put this on a table, make sure it’s not easily accessible to children.
If you’re looking for a less fragile but still highly decorative and beautiful urn, go for metallic urns. The materials can vary from a cheaper metal alloy to the more expensive gold and platinum. Most stores also offer to engrave the deceased’s name or any message and symbols you want on the surface.
For a more eco-friendly approach, you can also opt for wooden urns. Unlike most cremation urns, they look more like a small chest with a lock and key. They’re slightly more expensive than ceramic urns and comes in a variety of finishes. Some stores also offer personalized engravings and even a stained glass art.
If the thought of keeping someone’s ashes at home creeps you out, you can always inter it somewhere. Some of the most popular interment places for cremated remains are:
A columbarium niche is the equivalent of a cemetery, but for cremated remains. It’s an elaborate structure made up of multiple stories of small vaults. Each of which is large enough to contain an urn of remains and some mementos.
You can usually find them within cemeteries or churches. Some funeral homes that offer cremation also have their own columbariums. You can talk to your funeral director to know more about this option.
Ancient Burial Sites
If columbariums are too ordinary for you, a company in the UK is offering a unique way of laying your loved ones to rest.
Sacred Stones in Bedfordshire, England, lets you bury someone’s ashes in the manner of our ancestors. It’s an underground columbarium inspired by ancient burial sites. The limestones and huge stones lit by candles create a tranquil eternal resting place.
Environmentalists can now care for mother earth even in death. Their ashes can be used to grow trees in containers aptly referred to as “tree urns.”
Just like planting pots, these urns are designed to promote the proper germination of trees. The ashes are mixed with soil and then planted with your choice of tree or plant.
It’s an excellent way of preserving a person’s memory. The tree will help you remember your loved one and the memories you shared.
3. Scattering Ashes
Scattering the ashes of your loved ones can be very personal as it is symbolic. Not to mention that it’s environment-friendly. Just make sure you’re not breaking any law when scattering cremation ashes.
Scattering Ashes at Sea
If your loved ones can’t get enough of the ocean, you might as well make it their eternal resting place. Scattering of ashes at sea is very popular, particularly in areas like Florida.
Companies like Big Blue Sea Services provide a respectful and uplifting scattering service. You can choose to scatter the ashes anywhere between the Atlantic Gulf and the Bahamas. At the end of the ceremony, you will get a certificate signed by the captain reflecting the GPS coordinates where the ashes are scattered. Aside from human ashes, we also accept the scattering of animal ashes. So your beloved pet can also make the ocean their forever home.
To ensure safety for all marine life, don’t forget to use a biodegradable urn for the ceremony. Biodegradable urns use materials like paper and salt that disintegrate upon contact with water. Most cremation facilities offer a wide array of biodegradable urns but you can also buy them online.
Scattering Ashes By Fireworks
Nothing says celebration like fireworks. Thus, if you want to celebrate the life they lived instead of mourning for them, sending off your loved ones in a blast of fireworks will definitely cut it.
Scattering your loved one’s remains in the sky is becoming increasingly popular too. Usually, pilots who specialize in this kind of service have special equipment that can spread the ashes efficiently.
For adventure seekers, a skydiving scattering will surely please them. Imagine the joy and exhilaration they’ll feel while free-falling miles above the earth.
Scattering in Water
Aside from oceans, there are other bodies of water where you can spread your loved ones cremation ashes. Some states prohibit scattering in freshwaters, though. So be sure to research all applicable regulations first to make sure you’re not violating any.
Scattering in Tourist Spots
If one of your loved one’s dying wishes is to see the world, you can ask friends and family members to take some of the ashes in their travels. They can then scatter it in popular tourist spots around the world. This way, your loved ones can go to the places they’ve never been but have always longed to visit.
4. Turn Them Into Jewelry
Yes, you read that right. Cremation ashes can be turned into pieces of jewelry too. It’s a great way to keep your parent, children, wife, or husband’s ashes close to you all the time. The most popular cremation jewelry include:
Necklaces are a popular choice for cremation jewelry. It’s intimate, and you can always keep them close to your heart. Urn necklaces are similar to lockets, but instead of photo slots, they have a cavern where you can keep a portion of your loved one’s ashes. Obviously, you can’t keep much amount of ashes this way. That’s why some people either make multiple necklaces, put the remainder of the ashes in an urn, or dispose of it in other ways.
Just like urn necklaces, these rings have hollow parts that can hold your loved one’s ashes. You can also have your wedding ring hollowed out and put your wife’s or husband’s ashes inside.
Unlike the previous pieces of jewelry, these diamonds are not urns or containers of any kind. They are the ashes themselves that were turned into diamonds using extreme heat and pressure. It usually appears bluish due to boron, a mineral found in our bones. You can keep it or fashion it into beautiful pieces of jewelry.
5. Use The Ashes to Make Cremation Art
Turning one’s ashes into works of art is also becoming very popular.
Cremation ashes can be mixed with paint too. You can then use them to make a portrait of your loved one. What could be more memorable than having a portrait of them made out of their own ashes?
If you want to keep your loved ones with you forever, why don’t you use their ashes for a tattoo? This way, you will always have them under your skin for the rest of your life – in a nice way.
How about you? What creative cremation ashes ideas can you think of? Tell us in the comments.
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