One of the ways final services have changed over the decades is that they have become much more personalized. In many cases, they have also become less somber as more people turn to “Celebrations of Life.” These changes have also impacted cremations.
There are more ways than ever for families to pay tribute to their loved ones through the distribution of ashes. Along with a traditional burial or spreading of ashes, families are selecting more innovative and personal ways to recognize the departed. Here are a few more unconventional ways to honor your loved one:
Urns have moved far past the traditional vase. Today, urns can be made out of rich wood or natural stone. They may be crafted of metal that is engraved with a photo, artwork, or text. Some families even choose a series of smaller urns for each family member.
Today, it is possible to have ashes mixed in to create custom fireworks. This is an interesting choice for those who loved the Fourth of July and the associated festivities. It also may be an option for those who loved to fly or were amazed by the stars and the sky.
If a loved one had and enjoyed tattoos, or if family members shared that passion, ink can be manufactured with cremains. Custom tattoos that may even include the name or image of the deceased may be the result.
Concrete may be mixed with a loved one’s ashes and may be shaped or molded into a meaningful shape or image. Even smaller stones can be created that could potentially be painted by younger members of the family.
Having ashes scattered to the wind by a skydiving service is growing in popularity. The adventurous may even decide to be a part of the skydive itself.
Trees have long been a sign of life, so it is no wonder families are using trees as a tribute to loved ones. This can be done with a biodegradable urn and a smaller tree planted with it outside, or a small tree can be planted with ashes mixed into the soil. This is also an eco-friendly way to use the cremains.
A wide variety of meaningful pieces of jewelry can be crafted using a small amount of ashes. These can include diamonds, bracelets, necklaces, and rings.
When making a choice, consider the lifestyle and personality of the deceased. Your choice should make sense and have meaning.
If you would like to explore your options for an immediate need or for future planning, reach out to us. We are here to answer your questions about cremation and to help you with your options.