In the recent years, there are a growing number of people who are opting to be cremated as a mean of their final disposition. This is not surprising as it provides a number of benefits that cannot be found in other means.
Unlike in traditional burial, there are various activities that family members can do after cremation. For instance, you can do memorial services and choose from broad storage options which are not available in other disposition methods.
Having that said, we listed down some things you can do after cremating the remains of your departed loved ones.
Celebration of Life
Celebration of life is a ceremony that focuses on the life spent of the deceased individual. This is the time where loved ones gather to tell the story of the departed and celebrate his legacy and achievements in life.
Unlike in funeral services, this ceremony has the freedom to set various activities and allows room for creative ideas. Since it is often held after cremation, there is plenty of time to plan and arrange the celebration.
One unique aspect of this ceremony is that families may request certain motifs to memorialize their departed member. It can be anything that best characterizes the deceased, such as favorite series, book or movie. You can also have celebration videos, photographs, and music during the ceremony.
After cremation, families can have various storage options unlike in traditional burial. They can either keep the remains near them or store it at some place accessible for other loved ones to visit. Whatever their choice is, it should be done to help them overcome their grief and keep the memories of their loved ones alive.
To give you an idea, we listed down some possible ways to store the ashes after the cremating process.
• Keep the remains at home
Families can either bury the remains or display the urn at home.
In burying the remains in your backyard, you get to save burial cost usually spent on a cemetery lot, columbarium or mausoleum.
Another choice is also to display the urn at home. The ashes are kept in an attractive urn and often placed on a special memorial space.
• Scatter the ashes at significant places
On the contrary, families may also opt to scatter the ashes at places which hold significance in the life of their member.
The ashes can be scattered at sea, air or land in one or multiple sites. However, restrictions on the places allowed for scattering may vary from state to state.
• Bury in a cemetery lot
Urns can also be buried in cemetery lots. This is a lot cheaper than traditional burial, as it takes less space and does not require a full-size plot. Burying in a cemetery also allows families to visit the remains of their departed love ones.
• Entomb in a mausoleum
Like a columbarium, a mausoleum is also built to house the urns. However, in mausoleum, you will have your own privacy as you would not have to share your space with other families. Though this method is costlier than storing in a columbarium.
• Plant as a tree
Turning the remains into a memorial tree is a growing trend these days. It allows family members to visit a living memorial. This is also a great way to give back to nature.
• Be one with the coral reefs
Ocean lovers may also choose to have their remains mixed with the coral reefs. The urns may either be placed in an underwater mausoleum or have the ashes turned into cement mix for corals to grow on.
• Turn into diamond
With the help of advance technology, remains can now be turned into a diamond. The diamond can symbolize how precious your departed loved one is.
• Keep a portion in cremation jewelry
If you opt to scatter the remains, you may also want to keep a portion of it and put it in a bracelet, locket, necklace or ring. This way, you literally can carry the memories of your loved ones with you all the time.
Cremation has proven its worth not only in overcoming stressful after-death arrangements, but also in easing the grief and pain of losing a loved one. It is continuously growing with more ideas to help families recover in the long run, and keep the memories of the departed alive.