Losing someone in your life can be devastating. Part of the difficult grieving process is putting your loved one to rest. Cremation is not only an affordable alternative to a traditional burial, but it also gives many choices on how to memorialize your loved one. With cremation ashes, or cremains, there are different options for what to do with the ashes. For instance, some choose to scatter the ashes in a meaningful and beautiful location. Others may choose to bury the ashes or store them somewhere safe.
Saying goodbye through cremation is that it allows our memories of loved ones to always be present in our daily lives. But memorializing our loved ones does not have to be some extravagant gesture. Even the simplest ways we decide to keep our loved one’s ashes can hold a beautiful meaning that will help us heal and remember the impact they made in our lives.
Storage Options for Cremated Ashes
What to do with the ashes upon cremation is truly up to you and others involved in the decision. It is not an easy decision to make, as it requires a lot of thought, sentiment, and reflection. Take the time to discuss with yourself, and others, how you wish to say your final goodbyes and memorialize your loved ones.
Plastic Cremation Bags
A common question that often comes up is what to do with the ashes after cremation. After cremation, you will receive the ashes in a bag. At that point, you can choose to store the cremains inside the provided bag or, you may choose a different container to store them. Regardless of what you choose, the cremains should always remain inside the plastic bag to avoid spills if an accident should occur.
At Perfect Memorials, we offer many ways to store cremated ashes. We understand the heaviness of losing someone and hope that what we offer can help you navigate through the grieving process. There are some things to consider when choosing an urn. Where or how will the ashes be stored? Will they all be stored in the same place? Regardless of what you choose to do, you will still need a safe and secure place to store the cremains.
In terms of storing ashes, there are many options to choose from. It depends entirely upon how you wish to memorialize your departed loved one. We offer a wide variety of urns that come in different shapes and sizes, all serving a different purpose. Our decorative urns are beautifully designed with professional care and offer personalization options to further detail them. There are urns crafted from beautiful marble and sculpture cremation urns, all of which are perfect for storing the ashes of your loved one.
Some of the urns that we offer are:
A benefit of cremation is that with the ashes there are different ways to memorialize your loved one. Many people also opt to buy jewelry that contains a chamber within it, allowing you to always carry a piece of your loved one with you. Doing this also lets you share the memory of your loved one with others who are mourning, as they can also buy their own piece of jewelry and store a small amount of cremains. For example, a group of brothers and sisters could each wear their own cremation jewelry, sharing their mother’s ashes after a final goodbye.
Our wide selection of different pendants, necklaces, bracelets, all feature space inside of them to house a small amount of ash. Even after storing small amounts of cremains in the jewelry there will be enough ash remaining to conduct a scattering ashes ceremony or fill a larger, more decorative urn.
Scattering Ashes and Burying Ashes
Aside from storing the ashes, people also choose to scatter them. When having a ceremony for scattering ashes, there are many things to consider. For instance, the location you choose will likely have a connection to your departed loved one. However, you must also be mindful of the laws and regulations. Most national parks in the United States will allow you to scatter the ashes of a loved one, but within each park, there may be specific regulations as well. Usually, a permit is required, and it is a good idea to check in with the chief park ranger as well. Spreading ashes at sea is allowed but can only be placed in the ocean 3 or more nautical miles from land. Our guide on things to know before scattering ashes can help you determine a location for your ceremony.
If you are uncertain about how to prepare for a scattering ashes ceremony, you are not alone. You can read our checklist for a scattering ashes ceremony to help you further prepare for the ceremony.
Here are a few things to consider:
- How and where you want to scatter the ashes
- Who you need to contact before the ceremony
- How you want to temporarily store the ashes – Scattering urns are a great way to ensure a smooth scattering ceremony and reduce the stress of those involved.
- Being considerate of others – Many of the laws and regulations surrounding scattering ashes are in place to ensure that they will be scattered far enough from public areas.
Burying ashes is also a common practice, whether they are buried on land or at sea. Many of the laws and regulations for scattering ashes will apply to a burial, but it is always safe to check-in with the appropriate local authorities. At Perfect Memorials, our biodegradable urns are a popular option for those wanting to bury and disperse the ashes of a loved one at the same time. Upon burying the urn, or dropping it in the sea, the burial urn will slowly break down and the ashes will disperse into the soil, lake or ocean.