Burying or scattering? - What to do with cremation ashes

- 04/10/21

When a deceased loved one is cremated, there are a lot of options on what to do with the ashes. You can either bury the ashes or scatter them or you can get creative!

Scattering ashes

Scattering the ashes is one of the most common choices. For many, scattering the ashes of a loved one gives you another chance to say goodbye, in a more intimate and personal way than the funeral may have allowed.

Scattering ashes can also become a touching tribute, often done in a place that was important to the deceased during their lifetime. When David Bowie died in 2016, he opted for a simple direct cremation with his ashes scattered in Bali.

You can scatter ashes in most places, but it’s always best to check with the local authority first before you make plans.

You can get the crematorium to scatter them. At Distinct Cremations, ashes are scattered in the Garden of Remembrance, which is a beautifully landscaped garden.

Burying ashes

If you prefer the idea of burying ashes, that’s no problem. Many people choose to get the ashes of their loved ones interred after their passing. Burying ashes is a great way to create a dedicated location to memorialise your loved one, without the expenses associated with a full burial.

Interred ashes typically have a smaller plot and are marked with a headstone, just as a traditional grave would be. Most crematoriums will let you leave flowers and tributes at the burial site. For added peace and tranquillity, you can even choose to have the ashes interred beneath a tree at many of our crematoria.

Keeping ashes in the house

If you don’t like the sound of either of those options, don’t worry. You don’t have to let go of the ashes, in fact many people choose to simply keep the ashes of their loved ones close by. Ornamental urns make an excellent display piece in any home, letting you keep your lost loved one close even after their passing.

Alternatively, a columbarium lets you display your urn in a public space of remembrance away from the home if keeping the ashes at home isn’t possible.

Turning ashes into jewellery or piece of homeware

Aside from scattering ashes, burying ashes or displaying ashes, modern technology has given us access to new methods of remembering our loved ones. Today, cremation ashes can be transformed into beautiful crystals or glass for use in homewares or jewellery, letting you keep your loved one close to you at all times.

Each piece is hand-made just for you, using the ashes of the deceased, creating an everlasting keepsake of their memory.

Turning ashes into tattoo ink or scattering them with fireworks

Much like being able to transform ashes into precious crystals and gems, there are alternative options available for those who want them. For the more adventurous, you can have ashes mixed in with tattoo ink as part of a memorial piece or light up the sky as a firework. Or, they can even be mixed in with the stuffing of a memorial cuddly toy or wrapped up in a bundle with a sapling to grow into their favourite tree.

If you know somebody with a funeral plan, why not ask them what they’d like to have done with their ashes when they pass away. Their answer might just surprise you!

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