Deciding what to do with a loved one’s ashes after cremation is a deeply personal choice, often influenced by cultural, religious, and individual preferences. Here are several options to consider:
- Burial: Many choose to bury the ashes in a cemetery or a designated burial ground. This provides a physical location for remembrance and allows family and friends to visit.
- Scattering: This can be done in a place of significance to the deceased or their loved ones, such as a favourite park, beach, or a spot that holds special memories. *Be sure to check local laws and regulations regarding scattering.
- Keepsake Jewellery: Some opt to have a small portion of the ashes incorporated into jewellery like pendants, rings, or bracelets, allowing them to carry a tangible piece of their loved one with them.
- Memorial Art or Objects: Ashes can be infused into glass, ceramics, or even used in the creation of artwork, providing a unique and personalized memorial.
- Planting a Memorial Tree or Garden: Using the ashes to nourish a new life, like a tree or a garden, symbolizes growth, continuity, and the cycle of life.
- Dividing Among Family Members: The ashes can be divided among close family members, allowing each person to choose their own way of memorializing.
- Scattering at Sea: Some choose to scatter ashes at sea, either from a boat or by using biodegradable urns designed for this purpose.
- Incorporating into a Coral Reef: There are services that blend cremated remains with environmentally friendly materials to create artificial reefs, benefitting marine life and providing a unique memorial.
- Preservation in a Urn: If you’re not ready to make a decision immediately, you can keep the ashes in an urn at home or in a special place until you’re ready to make a choice.
- Ashes can be incorporated into specially designed fireworks which can be lit at a time to suit the family.
- There are small companies coming up with innovative ideas all of the time. One business owner I met recently adds ashes to a mixture of special soil and wild flower seeds (similar to Bee Bombs) that can be scattered in a number of places, distributed amongst family members etc.
Ultimately, it’s considering the wishes and beliefs of the departed individual, as well as those of their family and loved ones, to find the most fitting way to honour their memory.