With the marked growth in the number of people being cremated, the question often comes up with what to do with your loved ones remains. I have compiled a list of 25 different things that I have heard about in my time in the industry, I hope one of these sounds like the perfect idea for you. Send me an email to let me know how it went, or comment on the post. I would alos love to hear any other ideas you may have!
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Scattering the ashes is what people tend to think of in regards to cremated remains. According to Co-Operative Funeral Care nearly half of the people who choose cremations choose to have the remains scattered. We’ve written several post aboutchoosing this option and the things to be aware of when choosing a place to scatter remains.
Burial is another popular option for interring your cremated remains. According toCo-Operative Funeral Care 10% of the population has their remains buried somewhere. There are some advantages to choosing burial, urn burial sites are usually significantly cheaper than a traditional burial. And the remains will be accessible to everybody to visit.
A columbarium is building that is basically a mausoleum, where a mausoleum is for a body at rest, while a columbarium is for cremated remains – which makes them very different when I think about it more. They are buildings used to house the urns that contain the cremated remains. And if you don’t have a stable place to house an urn and want family and friends to have the freedom to view it, a columbarium might be a great choice.
4. At Home
We’ve discussed having the remains interred at a cemetery, but often times people will choose to have the remains buried at home 1 in 15 according to Co-Operative Funeral Care. There are no added costs when burying the remains in your backyard, though there are some things to consider when you choose to burying ashes.
5. Planted as a Tree
Whatever your motivation the Memorial Tree Urn is a beautiful idea. Knowing that the remains of your loved one are being used to nourish the young sapling as it grows into a majestic oak, willow, cherry or one of the other 32 trees they haveavailable.
6. Launched into Space
Have your ashes launched into space! Celestis offers several packages for journeying into the final frontier. From a trip into orbit and back to eart, to a more adventurous journey into deep space. For the person who was never able to live that childhood dream of space travel, this could be just the ticket – possibly a one way ticket
Angel Flights can turn your cremated remains into an amazing light show for all to see. The service includes 200 fireworks shells modified to hold and scatter the remains.
8. In Helium Baloons
Eternal Ascent can have your remains placed inside a helium balloon that floats up into the atmosphere. The balloon travels to a height of 5 miles where at the temperature of -40 below zero – it crystallizes and bursts, scattering the ashes to the four winds.
9. As a Coral Reef
Eternal Reef is helping rebuild coral reefs by creating cement structures that the coral can latch to and grow on. They will inser