There are a lot of people that opt to have their loved ones cremated for a variety of reasons. It could be due to the fact that it was the final wish of the dearly departed. Then again, it might simply be that cremation was the more affordable option. Either way, once the cremation is done, you will be presented with the remains. It is up to you what you do with them. If you are interested in some different ideas, you will want to continue reading.
Spread The Ashes In The Ocean
You might want to consider spreading the ashes in the ocean if that happened to be a place your loved one enjoyed visiting, or where they always had dreamed of visiting but never made it. You can spread the ashes directly into the water but if you want to do more of a burial at sea, by leaving the cremains in a container, it needs to be a biodegradable container in order to avoid littering.
Bury Them Under A Newly Planted Tree Or Bush
You might decide that you want to keep the ashes of your loved one closer to home. If you have the space and you own your property, you can opt to plant a new tree or bush. Dig the hole for your new greenery and before you plant it, pour the ashes into the hole. This way, as the tree or bush grows, you will think fondly of your loved one.
Turn Some Of It Into Jewelry Or Art
There are a lot of incredible artists and jewelry makers out there that can take some of the ashes and use them in their work. You can commission someone to add ashes to a pendant or ring. Someone else could use some of the ashes in a painting by mixing some of the ashes into all or just one of the paint colors. For example, if your loved one's favorite color was pink, you can have the artist mix their cremains in just the pink paint. You can then arrange to have a memorial later when you are able to show off the art done with their ashes.
As you can see, there are some creative things that you can do with the cremains of a deceased loved one. Pick something previously mentioned or do a little bit of each idea. You do not have to use all of the ashes in one specific way. Have some in an urn, some mixed into a painting, and some buried beneath a newly planted oak tree. The options are endless.
Reach out to a service like American Cremation Society (Ridgemoor Chapels) to find out more.