as more and more people chose to live outside the box, they are choosing to die that way too.
When a loved one is cremated, there are many options for honoring the life of the individual in the storage or disposition of their remains.
How one person chooses to have their remains handled may be strange to another, but in the end, it is a personal thing. Here is a list of some the most unique and typical ways to disperse or store yours or your loved ones cremains (cremated remains).
Scattering has quickly become a most popular choice for dispersement of cremains. The location you choose for scattering cremains may be limited by law, so ensure you check the local laws for the regulations governing that area. Popular locations for scattering cremains are rivers, ponds, golf courses, gardens, flower beds, mountains, oceans, etc. Choose a location that meant something to the person who's remains you will be spreading.
Burial is another popular option for interring your remains. Unlike a traditional burial of a casket, burying an urn can be much cheaper. Plot sites for urns are in most cases cheaper, or in some cases most plots can accommodate more than one urn. With burial, the remains are accessible to everyone to visit.
While a mausoleum is a building for a body to be laid to rest, a columbarium is for cremated remains to be stored. Again if you want to allow family and friends the freedom to visit, a columbarium is a great choice.
There are two options when considering your home or family land as the final resting place for your remains. You can choose to store them in an urn in the residence or bury them on the property. When choosing burial, make sure to check with local bylaws as some areas will allow scattering but not burial. If nothing else, storing your loved ones cremains in an urn gives you more time to think about your other options and decide which one will work best for you.
planted as a tree.
We have found several websites offering Memorial Tree Urns, so we will only highlight two:
Urns Northwest has an entire section dedicated to Memorial Tree Urns. They are affordably priced and offer a large variety of trees to choose from. The have a chart that guides you to choosing a tree correct for the zone where you will be planting it.
Bio Urns also offers biodegradable urns that incorporate your cremains and turn them into trees. They have six choices of trees but also offer a seedless option so that you can add in your own seed. Something different about them is they also offer a Bio Incube that allows you to grow indoors.
Several companies offer memorial cremation jewelry. Here at Celebrate Life we work very closely with two companies who offer quite a variety of memorial jewelry.
launched into space.
What is cooler than living out a childhood dream and having your ashes launched into space? Celestis offers a few different packages to live out your dream after you are gone.
We were hard pressed to find a Canadian company that offers this service - if you come across one please let us know. Heavenly Stars Fireworks is located in the UK but has a Self-Fire Tribute Firework. You simply send them your loved one cremains and they make them into fireworks. They have several packages to choose from.
in helium baloons.
This was another dispersion method that we could not find a Canadian company that offers this service. Eternal Ascent has patented a release method that ensures the balloon reaches a high enough altitude for the balloon to crystalize, shatter and release the ashes. If you are wanting to release your remains in and around Florida, this company is for you. I would not suggest attempting this on your own as every year balloons are released and cause a great amount of garbage and harm to wildlife.
as a coral reef.
A company called Eternal Reefs is helping regrow the coral reefs by creating cement structures that the coral can attach itself to. Your cremains are mixed with the cement to create the form onto which the coral can attach itself to. Their memorials are customizable and they offer a unique ceremony to go hand and hand with their monuments.
put into an hourglass.
As a nice alternative to a traditional urn - In The Light Urns offers a Hourglass Keepsake urn that would most definitely be a nice mantle piece. Although this urn will not hold your full cremains, it is a nice piece for family members to use when the cremains have been separated amongst each other.
as a diamond.
Heart in Diamond offer the service of having some of the cremains of a loved one made into a certified diamond. They offer several different colors, carat sizes and gem cuts, that you can put into a piece of jewelry or on display.
mixed with paint to create a masterpiece.
Now a painting of your late Grandmother can be made from your late Grandmother. Several artists can incorporate your remains into the paint to create a one-of-a-kind painting. We couldn't find any Canadian companies that offered this service but there were several in the US when we googled Cremation Portraits.
put into a teddy bear.
The Cami Bear can offer a more cuddly urn. These bears will hold a small portion of your cremains. This is a wonderful option for those who just want to hold onto their loved one.
Have a unique piece of art made from your cremains. Eternitys Touch mentioned above has their Eternal Ash collection that features blown glass art that can be incorporated into your home or office. The subtle reminder of your loved one when you look at these keepsakes. Another company that offers a similar keepsake is:
Celebration Ashes - from their galaxy globes to their giant hearts. The Going Home collection is our favorite.
put into a vinyl record.
This Uk based shop will have your ashes pressed into a set of vinyl records. You pick the artwork and the music. You can even have a spoken word recording to leave as a final message for your loved ones.
Commemorative tattoos don't just honor the deceased - sometimes they are made of them. Tattoo artists can sterilize cremains and then mix them with tattoo ink. Creating a memorial tattoo that does more than just symbolize a lost loved one.
Losing a loved one is a gut-wrenching experience and it can be difficult to figure out the right way to remember them and honor their last wishes. If possible, take some time after the initial shock subsides to create a plan that's as outside of the box as the person you are remembering. Even better, take the time to discuss with your family what your wishes would be when it comes to the disposition of your cremains.
We at Celebrate Life have a Pre-Planning package that touches on this subject. Come in anytime and take one home or sit down to chat about your funeral needs.