When a loved one is cremated after their death, someone will gain ownership over their ashes. If that person is you, you might be wondering what should I do with them? You have a lot of meaningful options to choose from that will make you feel close to the deceased and honour their memory.
Keep the ashes at home.
People who want to feel close to their loved one sometimes like to keep the deceased’s ashes in their home. 7% of people who are cremated want their loved ones to keep their ashes after their death. If you want to keep your loved one’s ashes at home, carefully choose a container to keep them in. It doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy, just big enough to hold the ashes easily. There are a wide variety of urns available to purchase, so there will be one out there that you feel is right.
Spread them on your garden.
Many people like the idea of spreading their loved one’s ashes somewhere that they spent a significant amount of time. If the deceased had a love of gardening, why not spread their ashes in the garden? Some even mix them into a plant pot with a plant that can grow easily. This means that their loved one is part of the environment. We think that is a beautiful and deeply personal way to remember someone who has passed away!
Scatter their ashes at sea.
One way to have a spectacular send-off for the deceased is to scatter them into the wind. They will float into the sea and travel the world with the ocean waves and currents. This might be fitting if your loved one enjoyed spending time at the beach, or perhaps they liked boating. The good news is that you don’t need a license to spread your loved ones’ ashes at sea, unlike a burial at sea.
Put the ashes into a piece of jewellery.
Some like to keep their loved one with them at all times, so they place their remains into a pendant necklace or a ring. Memorial jewellery is a funeral tradition that is slowly being rediscovered as a meaningful way to remember someone who has passed away.
Turn them into art.
Did you know that you can use your loved ones’ ashes to create beautiful works of art? It may sound strange, but more people are choosing to keep ashes in the form of a painting. Typically, it is a painting of the deceased. You can mix your loved one’s remains into art materials, such as paint or wax, to create spectacular pieces of artwork that you can treasure forever.
Whatever you choose to do with the remains of your loved one, the process of sending the ashes off into the sea, spreading them on the garden, keeping them at home, or whatever you choose to do, is a meaningful way to remember and honour the individual.