What to Do With a Loved One's Ashes

With traditional burial, a loved one is buried in the ground or entombed in a mausoleum, but cremation offers families many additional options.

Among the many choices is keeping your loved one's ashes at home in an urn or other container. You can also create a cemetery memorial, which might be in the form of a niche, a columbarium, a scattering garden, a bench or another type of property.

Many people ask their families ahead of time that their ashes be scattered at a personally meaningful place, such as in the ocean or a forest. Innovative ideas include sending ashes into space, memorializing them in an underwater reef, adding them to fireworks, or having them transformed into a diamond or pressed into a vinyl record. Eco-friendly ideas include biodegradable urns that grow into trees or dissolve at sea.

There's the option for cremation keepsakes with any of these choices, such as jewelry, stones or glass objects. And some families choose a combination of the above.

 

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For both a cremation service and an enduring memorialization, Dignity Memorial® providers offer an abundance of ways to celebrate and honor life.


A permanent place to remember

Choosing a final resting place is an important step in creating a family legacy paying tribute to a special life. Cemetery memorialization ensures that future generations have a place to reflect on the life of someone they loved or learn about the life of someone they never met. It also eliminates the possibility that a loved one's ashes may be misplaced at some point (it happens). We have many cemetery property options.

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Alternatives to cremation cemetery property

Some people opt out of cemetery property, but even those who choose a permanent memorial at a cemetery may also choose another type of remembrance. That's one advantage cremation has over burial: ashes can be divided among family members or memorialized in multiple ways.


Planning ahead is a loving thing to do

When you plan and fund final arrangements in advance, you relieve your loved ones of both an emotional and a financial burden. They don't have to guess what you would have liked, and they don't have to find the money to pay for your cremation and memorialization.