After a loved one has died, if he or she wanted the body to be cremated, it’s up to you to take responsibility for the ashes that remain. But you may not know what you should do with them. Continue reading if you find yourself in this situation and want to know what can be done with your loved one’s ashes that will honor the person’s life and relationship to you.
Keep the Ashes in an Urn
There are a variety of urns of different shapes, sizes, and designs to choose from that can hold your loved one’s ashes safe and sound in your home. If you wish to share a person’s ashes with others in the family, such as when a parent’s ashes are shared between children, urns are the ideal way to ensure that they’re divided up and stored carefully.
Turn the Ashes Into a Diamond
It may sound far-fetched, but it’s possible to take someone’s ashes and turn them into a diamond. This is perfect for those who wish to keep a piece of their loved one’s with them at all times. For example, if a husband dies, the widow may decide to have her husband’s ashes turned into a diamond that she can wear on a piece of jewelry all the time, keeping him near her even though he’s gone.
Scatter the Ashes Over the Ocean
Scattering ashes over the ocean is a popular option. For those who lived in tropical environments or near the beach, or who simply loved the sea, this is an ideal way to respect their admiration for the oceans. Many choose to rent a boat and head off into the open waters, where a memorial service can be held during which kind words are said about the diseased before the ashes are scattered over the waves. Flowers are often brought along and dropped into the water as well.
Scatter the Ashes in the Deceased’s Favorite Places
Another great way to scatter your loved one’s ashes is to focus them in areas where the deceased had special memories, such as specific places he or she would always talk about or where he or she accomplished great things. A touring artist, for example, may have a lot of favorite cities and locations that he or she grew fond of throughout his or her travels. These are the ideal destinations where you can scatter the ashes so that he or she can be there one last time. But if they’re far apart from one another, such as on the other side of the country, you’ll need to dedicate some travelling time to this endeavor.
Turn the Ashes into a Glass Pendant
Hand-blown glass is colorful and beautiful and can be made into a variety of objects, such as pendants and ornaments. You can have some of your loved one’s ashes mixed in with the glass as it is being molded into the shape you desire so that you can always keep a piece of that person with you or as a decorative accent in your home.
Determining what you will do with a loved one’s ashes can be hard. Thankfully, though, there are plenty of options to choose from.