When it comes to making funeral arrangements, many people are now opting for cremation over burial due to its practical and flexible nature. While planning a cremation can be fairly straightforward, once the cremation is complete the family or friends of the deceased must then make an important decision: what to do with the ashes once they’ve been returned by the crematorium. In this blog post, we will explore some of the many options available, helping you make a thoughtful and meaningful choice for your loved one.
One of the most popular options is scattering the ashes in a place that held significance for the deceased. This could be their favourite park, the exact spot they proposed, or maybe even in the mountains overlooking their hometown. Many people take comfort in knowing that their loved one’s ashes become one with nature, creating a lasting connection with this special place and also keeping their memory alive even in death.
For those who prefer a more tangible connection, cremation urns provide a dignified and long-lasting resting place for ashes. Urns come in a wide range of designs, allowing families to choose one that reflects the preferences and personality of the deceased. Displaying the urn in a prominent location either at home or memorial niche can provide a focal point for grief and remembrance.
Tuning ashes into jewellery is a unique and incredibly personal way to keep your loved one close. If you choose this option, the jeweller will be able to incorporate a small amount of ashes into a piece of cremation jewellery, such as a pendant or ring. This wearable memorial allows you to carry a part of your loved one with you wherever you go, turning the otherwise challenging mourning process into a beautiful and everlasting tribute.
For those with a green thumb, you might like to consider planting a memorial tree or garden using the ashes as fertiliser. Many who choose this option like that they have a dedicated place for commemorating their loved one. Also, this sustainable option not only creates a living memorial that will stand the test of time but also contributes to the environment. Watching a tree grow and flourish can symbolise the continuation of life, providing a comforting and positive perspective during a difficult time.
Some families choose to bury their loved one’s ashes in a cemetery, similar to a traditional burial. This option allows for a marked grave, thus providing a physical location for family and friends to visit. Cemetery burial can also be easily combined with a memorial service, providing a structured and more formal way to say goodbye. This option can be highly appropriate for those who wanted to be buried with an already departed loved one, such as a spouse or their parents, but a traditional burial wasn’t possible.
If you have recently lost a loved one and are feeling a little lost yourself, Stockman & Loram are here to guide and support you through the funeral arrangement process. Our experienced team is well-placed to plan a cremation that honours the life of your loved one, right down to the smallest details. No matter what option you choose, we are committed to helping you find a solution that feels right for everyone. Contact us today to discuss funeral arrangements and find the perfect way to commemorate the life of your loved one.