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Cremation continues to rise in popularity over traditional burial with over 50% of Americans now opting to be cremated after they die. However, despite this growing trend, a large majority of families don’t know what to do with the cremains (cremated ashes) they receive afterward. More often than not, the cremains remain stored in their respective containers for so long that they end up being forgotten.

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There’s no need for this unfortunate scenario, as there are numerous unique options available for handling cremains. In addition to being placed in an urn, they can also be buried in a cemetery grave or interred above-ground in a columbarium niche. There are many options for memorial jewelry created from cremated remains, keepsakes and other objects.

Here are some ideas of what to do with cremated remains:

Scattering– you can scatter cremains in a meaningful location that was important to your loved one, e.g., the family homestead or a natural outdoor landscape (lake, mountain, forest). But proceed with caution when scattering on public land or private property – make sure you understand all the rules and regulations and seek permission before you begin. Some cemeteries also provide scatter gardens for families looking for a convenient and secure place to scatter cremains.

Containers– urns and keepsake containers allow you to keep your loved one’s cremated remains close by for comfort and security:

Urns – come in all shapes and sizes, forms and designs. An urn can be a simply constructed wooden box or a creative vessel designed to resemble an hourglass, holiday ornament, glass paperweight, or golf ball.

Jewelry – storing cremains in keepsake necklaces, pendants, bracelets, and rings is another special way to keep your loved one physically close to you. 

Out of the Box – there are numerous unconventional ways to handle cremains. Each option varies in simplicity and cost but all are singular “final resting places” for your loved one.

Tattoos – a small amount of cremated remains are mixed with ink and tattooed into the skin as a physical and highly personalized reminder of your loved one.

Coral Reef– if the recently deceased was a fan of the ocean, their cremains can be mixed with concrete to form an environmentally-friendly marine reef that also doubles as a permanent water memorial.

Fireworks – for a grand finale, cremains can be incorporated into fireworks and set off in a customized display or packaged into self-firing rockets.

Space– launch your loved one’s remains into space for an incomparable (and pricey) final adventure. Cremains can be transported into lunar orbit or deep space to create an everlasting celestial memorial.

Diamonds – turning cremains into a diamond is a timeless method to memorialize the dearly departed. Cremation diamonds are an eternal and physical reminder that often becomes a cherished family heirloom.

Here are Some Cremated Remains Keepsakes Ideas:


Scattering

you can scatter cremains in a meaningful location that was important to your loved one, e.g., the family homestead or a natural outdoor landscape (lake, mountain, forest). But proceed with caution when scattering on public land or private property – make sure you understand all the rules and regulations and seek permission before you begin. Some cemeteries also provide scatter gardens for families looking for a convenient and secure place to scatter cremains.

Where to scatter ashes:

  • In the ocean

    The ocean can be a perfect final resting place for your loved one’s cremains. It is said that the waves of the ocean are eternal and will carry their essence eternally in its currents. Depending on your state, you may also need special permission from a State Health Department before scattering ashes at sea. If this is not granted, then ashes should always be scattered or buried well away from freshwater sources such as rivers and lakes. If you are following all state and federal regulations stipulated by the Environmental Protection Agency’s guidelines for releasing cremated human remains into water, it is considered legal but not necessarily advisable to scatter your deceased loved ones’ ashes in oceans, rivers, or other bodies of water nationwide.
  • In the mountains

    Scattering cremated remains in natural settings are considered an eco-friendly, sustainable practice. It’s also a way to “release” the remains back to nature since the body itself was made up of mostly natural elements. Ashes can be scattered in the mountains, but not on any park property, hiking trail, or vicinity of any drinking water supply. If you want to scatter ashes in the mountains legally and with permission, you need a permit from either the forest service or one of our national parks.
  • In the air

    Federal Aviation Administration approval must be obtained before scattering cremation ashes from an aircraft within U.S. airspace. As long as you’re careful about where the plane flies and what direction it’s going in, spreading ashes from your loved one’s funeral procession has been made easy. The FAA allows for this service so long as there are no safety hazards posed by doing so.
  • In a national park

    National parks are some of the most beautiful natural places in the US, with iconic scenery that you’ll find nowhere else. When someone has lost a loved one, it can be comforting to scatter their ashes in such a place. It’s like giving them part of what they love best as a final farewell present and letting those who come after wander through those spaces and experience those landscapes as well.
  • In a scattering garden

    A scattering garden is a memorial cemetery where people can gather to scatter cremated ashes of their loved ones. Some cemeteries have areas designated for this purpose, either in prominent parts such as the entrance or at parts of the lands set aside for trees and flowering plants. The garden is typically situated in a beautiful and peaceful part of the land to remind those who visit that life also has beauty.

Cremation Containers

Urns and keepsake containers allow you to keep your loved one’s cremated remains close by for comfort and security. A keepsake urn is a small or miniature-sized urn traditionally designed to hold just enough cremains for one individual, typically less than the size of a tablespoon. It may be made from metal, ceramic, or other materials; usually to keep the remains as a memorial when your loved one’s ashes are buried or kept in a columbarium. Many people choose smaller version since it can be placed on a tabletop and still looks great with their other decorations

Urns

Cremation Urns are vessels used to house cremains. They come in a wide variety of different materials, shapes, and designs to suit one’s personal needs and tastes. An urn can be a simply constructed wooden box or a creative vessel designed to resemble an hourglass, holiday ornament, glass paperweight, or golf ball.

Cremation Jewelry

Jewelry that is made with cremated remains can be in any shape or design, but it is mostly found in the form of pendants. It’s an economical way to keep your loved ones close to your heart and knows they are never alone when you choose cremation jewelry. They are given as either an ultimate expression of love or as everlasting keepsakes for family members who choose not to keep the cremains. Making cremation jewelry allows people to keep their loved ones close no matter where they go.

Out of the Box

There are numerous unconventional ways to handle cremains. Each option varies in simplicity and cost, but all are singular “final resting places” for your loved one.

Tattoos

A small amount of cremated remains are mixed with ink and tattooed into the skin as a physical and highly personalized reminder of your loved one.

Coral Reef

If the recent deceased were a fan of the ocean, their cremains can be mixed with concrete to form an environmentally friendly marine reef that also doubles as a permanent water memorial.

Fireworks

For a grand finale, cremains can be incorporated into fireworks and set off in a customized display or packaged into self-firing rockets. There are few things more beautiful than seeing a fireworks display and hearing the sound escape into the sky. Not only do they create an unforgettable sight, but their effect is also felt for miles around with each explosion filling your ears like music from heaven itself!

Space

Launch your loved one’s remains into space for an incomparable (and pricey) final adventure. Cremains can be transported into lunar orbit or deep space to create an everlasting celestial memorial.

Diamonds

Turning cremains into a diamond is a timeless method to memorialize the dearly departed. Cremation diamonds are an eternal and physical reminder that often becomes a cherished family heirloom.

Hourglass

The hourglass is a beautiful symbol of life and death. It creates an idea that time will eventually run out, which can be comforting to those who have lost loved ones or suffered major losses in their lives.

If you’re looking for an easy way to memorialize your loved one, our experts can help. We offer a variety of cremation services that are designed with the needs and desires of each family in mind so don’t hesitate to call us any time of day or night if you have questions about how we can assist you during this difficult time. Our team is always standing by waiting to serve all families who need assistance after losing a loved one.

Contact us if you have further questions on any of the memorial options we’ve outlined above.