What To Do With Cremation Ashes
Published November 4th, 2019
Changing views on death combined with ever-rising funeral costs makes 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 cremated remains. 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.
Cremation Ashes In Urns
Putting cremation ashes in urns is one of the most popular ways of keeping a loved one’s ashes at home. The choice of urns is wide and varied and sometimes can even be personalized.
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 in a table, make sure it’s not easily accessible to children.
If you’re looking for less fragile but still highly decorative containers for cremains, 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 finish. Some stores also offer personalized engravings.
If the thought of keeping someone’s ashes at home creeps you out, you can always inter it somewhere.
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.
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 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 your loved one’s memory. The tree will remind you of that person and the memories you shared.
Scattering of Cremation 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 at Sea
If your loved one 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.
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 freefalling miles above the earth.
Scattering in Water
Aside from oceans, there are other bodies of water where you can spread 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 the person who died is an avid traveler, 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.
Yes, you read that right. Cremation ashes can be turned to pieces of jewelry too.
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.
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 husband or wife’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.
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 ideas can you think of for your loved one’s ashes? Tell us in the comments.
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