Top 5 Cremation Options
As cremations grow in popularity, the options of what to do with your loved one’s ashes are also evolving. Many people are choosing a cremation option that best memorializes their loved one. But, the options are endless and should be what suits your family best. If you’re considering what to do with your loved one’s ashes, here are the top five cremation options.
Scatter over land or water – Perhaps your loved one had a favorite place or you may want to memorialize their life by releasing their ashes at a place that holds significance. The benefit is that this cremation option is free and can be done during a ceremonial memorial service. In most cases, you may not be able to physically mark where the ashes were scattered, making it harder for other loved ones to find the exact spot where the ashes were released. If you’re scattering ashes over water, it can be best to use a biodegradable urn that can be dropped in the water and will slowly dissolve over time. Otherwise, releasing your loved one’s ashes, especially on a windy day can be tricky without having the ashes blow back on to you or your boat.
Scatter in the air – You’re not likely to drop your loved one’s ashes out of an airplane, but very adventurous family members have been increasingly drawn to high altitude scatterings. Some options may include going up in a hot air balloon, hang gliding, or bungee jumping while releasing your loved one’s ashes. Some firework manufacturers even offer you the ability to make fireworks with cremated ashes for an over-the-top pyrotechnic send off.
Host a traditional burial in a cemetery – Believe it or not, cemeteries often offer small plots for urns. The cost would be cheaper than a larger burial site and would not incur the cost of a casket. This can be a great option if you want to have a central location for your loved one’s ashes, allowing other family members to visit at them at the same place, each time.
Making diamonds – Many specialty cremation providers offer the option to create jewelry from your loved one’s ashes. This can be a pricey and lengthy process, often costing more than $5,000 and taking up to 3 months. The diamond often comes in different colors and can be a centerpiece for a necklace or ring that can be worn by your loved ones. As technology increases and the regulations around this option decrease, it may become more affordable to have this done.
Shared with multiple family members – Cremated remains don’t have to stay in one spot, or in one urn. Instead, the ashes can be divided among siblings, grandchildren, friends, etc. Ornate urns can be expensive, so some families are electing to purchase one decorative urn and give small amounts of ashes to other family members in more affordable containers. This can be a great option if your family is spread out geographically, making housing your loved one’s ashes in a cemetery not feasible.
Remember, these are just a few of dozens of ways you can memorialize your loved one. The key is to figure out what works best for your family and what would have been your loved one’s wishes. If you’re looking for a welcoming and trusted cremation provider for you or your loved one, we’re happy to help! Give us a call today for a free consultation and tell us more about your cremation needs.