What to do with Cremated Remains
With cremation being chosen by over 40% of families today, the choice of what to do with ashes is getting bigger. The article outlines the most common things you can do with cremated remains.
1. Place the ashes in an urn
Urns are vase-like items used to store remains in a meaningful and decorative manner. Urns are made of metal or wood and come in an almost unlimited number of styles and personalization options.
2. Scatter the Ashes
A common final disposition is to scatter the ashes somewhere that is meaningful to you or the deceased. Popular places to scatter are over a body of water or a favorite spot at a park, garden or other meaningful place. Prior to scattering, you should check with the property owner for any restrictions or permits required.
3. Bury the Urn
Urns can be buried just like a casket. If you are burying the urn in a cemetery, they may require an urn vault which is an outer burial container that helps prevent the ground form sinking and protects the urn from the weight of heavy maintenance equipment. If you are burying the urn at home, there usually are no requirements but you might check your local laws to see if you need a permit.
4. Place the urn in a Cremation Niche (Columbarium)
Placing the urn in a “niche” is a way of burying it, just not underground. A cremation niche is a space in a columbarium which holds urns similar to the way a mausoleum holds caskets. Niches are available at many cemeteries and can be indoor or outdoor. Costs vary by location and cemetery.
5. Cremation Jewelry Keepsakes
A very popular trend today is to have a portion of the cremated remains used to make keepsake jewelry. From necklaces and pendents to rings and charms. The options are almost endless. Many families like the idea of being able to share with other family members. Keepsake jewelry makes that easier.