When a loved one passes away there are many ways you can celebrate their life. Today, cremation is a popular final wish for families and individuals.
But once a cremation has taken place you still have to decide on a final resting place for the cremated remains. Luckily, there are many options you can choose—from traditional urns and garden stones to one-of-a-kind jewelry. Continue reading to learn about four unique resting places for cremated remains.
1. Create Cremation Jewelry
To keep a deceased loved one close to your heart, you may choose to have cremation jewelry made. The small, portable jewelry pieces in which a portion of cremated remains can be placed are popular forms of memorializing a loved one.
Jewelry such as glass, thumbprints and pendant necklaces can hold cremains. The item can either be filled with cremated remains or infused with them. Many people choose to wear or carry these remembrance pieces every day. They can also be displayed at a place of significance in your home.
2. Scatter Cremated Remains
Scattering cremains is the most popular way you can memorialize a loved one after cremation. However, there are many methods and regulations to consider when planning a scattering ceremony.
It is important to discuss a loved one’s wishes ahead of time so that the activities align with their desires. Services can be formal or informal and take place in a public or private location. Some common locations include:
- Private property.
- Controlled public lands.
- Golf courses.
- Hiking trails.
- A body of water.
Laws related to scattering cremains vary from state to state. Depending on the chosen scattering location a permit or permissions may be required. Be sure you fully understand the requirements of your chosen scattering location.
Also, remember to consider your spiritual position. The revised Code of Canon Law of 1983 permits the Catholic faith to cremate a loved one upon death. Catholics who choose cremation are required to put remains in an appropriate urn or vessel, and place it in a cemetery the same way a burial would occur.
3. Preserve an Urn
Urns are easily filled and permanently hold cremated remains for you and your family to save as a special remembrance in a favorite location. Keepsake, decorative, or full-size urns can accommodate different amounts of cremains to fit your needs.
Using urns, cremains can be shared among family members and friends. Or, if you choose to scatter cremated remains, it may be a good idea to consider retaining some at home.
4. Grow a Memorial Tree or Plant
A unique way to commemorate your loved one is to transform their cremated remains into a tree or plant. Cremated remains combined with the organic nutrients built into planting urns will fuel a seedling or sapling into life. These eco-friendly, biodegradable urns let you grow a tree or plant that becomes a living memorial.
Remembrance planting enables friends and family members to celebrate a loved one with new life and it creates a permanent place for remembrance. From small, transportable plantings to large trees planted in a meaningful place, a memorial plant is a wonderful way to remember a loved one.
When deciding what to do with cremated remains, it's important to create a personalized cremation service for your loved ones. Download the Cremation Costs Explained guide to learn more about what questions to ask your provider, how to create a personalized service within your budget and how to settle on a caring cremation provider.
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