What to Do With Cremains

Posted on June 5, 2022 by Maine Cremation Care under Mourning
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Wondering what to do with cremation remains? Read on to discover 7 ways you can honor the remains of your loved one! 

When you lose a loved one, you can choose different ways to send them off from this mortal world. If you choose cremation, you will have the option of memorializing the remains in several different ways after the cremation service. For instance, you can keep the remains in a decorative urn or send them to space. The possibilities are endless. 

So, let’s explore what you can do with the remains of your loved ones after having them cremated. 

What to Do With Cremation Remains 

Here are some things you can do with your loved ones’ cremation remains: 

Bury the Cremains

This process is similar to a traditional burial with a casket, with a significant difference – the remains will be cremated and kept in an urn. Many cemeteries offer this kind of burial, while some require a vault, i.e., a concrete or metal box for the urn to protect it from outside elements and accidental falls. Some cemeteries also have a specific urn garden. You can look it up and see which option works best for you. 

Keep Them in a Cremation Urn

If you want to store your loved one’s remains in your home, you can keep them in a decorative urn to keep them secure. You can choose an urn that goes with your loved one’s personality or based on your preference. Keeping the ashes in an urn will also enable you to store them safely in a crypt or columbarium. 

Depending on what you want, you can keep the cremated remains in a standard urn, big enough to hold the ashes of an adult. You can get it made in marble, wood, glass, or metal and have the initials of the deceased individual engraved on them. Alternatively, you can choose a natural, biodegradable urn for the ashes. These are elegant, eco-friendly urns that are beneficial for the environment. 

Scatter the Cremains

Another way to honor your loved one is to scatter their cremains in a place that was meaningful to your loved one. Just make sure that the place you choose has no restrictions for scattering the ashes. Some excellent options for scattering the ashes of your loved one include parks, wooden areas, hilltops, beaches, etc. You can also scatter the ashes near a tree or over a body of flowing water.  

Just make sure to take your time when choosing a location to scatter the cremains. Don’t make a hasty decision. Meanwhile, you can keep the ashes in an urn in your home. Discuss the location among the family members of the deceased, and make sure to respect the wishes of your loved one. 

Get Cremation Jewelry Made

If you like the idea of keeping the cremains as a keepsake, you can do so by getting someone to make cremation jewelry for you. It will enable you to keep your loved one as close to you as possible. It’s a loving tribute to someone you loved and lost, and keeping their cremated remains in an earring, pendant, ring, bracelet, etc., will allow you to honor them. You can also have the ashes turn into an actual diamond and make it part of your jewelry. To add a special touch, you can have the jewelry engraved with the date of your loved one’s birth and passing or a quote that reminds you of them. 

Commission a Cremation Portrait

If you want to give your deceased loved one an ever-lasting tribute, you can find an artist who will listen to your vision and mix the ashes of your loved one with paint to create a one-of-a-kind portrait of them. Alternatively, you can commission a painting with the ashes of a place the deceased loved visiting, artwork they admired, or scenery that reminds you of them.

Plant a Tree over the Biodegradable Remains

If you think your deceased would have loved a green funeral and tribute, you can put their ashes in a biodegradable urn, which will include a seed of their favorite tree. The tree will grow with the help of the cremains. It will not only be a fitting tribute but will give you an opportunity to have a place that you can visit when you miss your loved one. You can also have it planted in your backyard.  

Shoot for the Stars

If you believe in grand tributes, you can have the remains of your loved one sent to the moon or scattered in space. It will surely be an expensive tribute, but if your loved one always wanted to go to space or loved reading about it, it will be a fitting one. The ashes will be placed in a biodegradable urn and then carried into space in a meteorological balloon filled with helium. When sending the remains to the moon, you can always gaze up at the night sky and know where your loved one rests. 

We hope the aforementioned ways to honor a deceased person’s cremains have given you an idea of what to do with the cremation remains of your loved one. 

If you are looking for a cremation provider for your loved one, get in touch with Maine Cremation Care today

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