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5 Things to Do With Cremated Ashes

Five simple ideas to honor a loved one after they’ve passed.
Modern Times Oct 24, 2019
With increasing costs of traditional funerals, many turn to cremation after the passing of a loved one. While this method is simpler, it can be difficult to decide how to best honor them afterwards. If you’re leaning towards cremation for your own preparations or for someone you love, there are plenty of options to respectfully honor the legacy left behind.

Funeral Home Services

If you’re not a planner and prefer guidance from professionals, services can be arranged at a traditional funeral home. These services can either be pre-cremation with an open or closed casket, or post-cremation with the ashes on display. Attendees can share stories of the deceased, express condolences to immediate family members, and say final goodbyes.

Scatter Ashes at Sea

One of the most common post-cremation options is the scattering of ashes at sea. While there are guidelines set by the EPA, it’s entirely legal to do so. Ashes must be scattered at least 3 nautical miles from land, reported to the agency within 30 days, and contained in biodegradable urns. These guidelines ensure no damage is done to marine life.

Hold A Home Memorial

If you or your loved one had emotional connections to your homes, memorial services can be held there instead. These services are a more intimate alternative to traditional funeral homes and can include various eulogies, storytelling, and memory-making in a relaxed environment. If the final resting place is in said home, it also reduces travel for guests.

Burial

Many cemeteries have mausoleums on site for those who prefer above-ground options. While ashes can be buried below-ground, these beautiful structures are available as well. Brief services can be held at these locations before placing remains in their final resting place. This provides loved ones with the ability to visit the departed in years to come.

Eco-Friendly

For those with a passion for the ecosystem, there are a variety of environmentally friendly options to give back to Mother Earth. Ashes can be placed in a biodegradable urn that is compatible with various plants, shrubbery, and trees. Ashes are stored at the base, with soil placed above them. In time, both become incorporated in the subsoil for the plant.
Whether you’re searching for an eco-friendly option or a traditional method of burial, there are plenty of choices available for those who take the route of cremation. With the average funeral costing anywhere from $7,000 to $9,000, cremation has become a popular choice while still providing loved ones with a respectful way to say goodbye.