For many looking for a cost-effective, classy and even environmentally-friendly way of handling the remains of a departed loved one, cremation is a popular and beneficial option. Not only does cremation eliminate several common funeral expenses like caskets and vaults, it preserves land and materials and allows the remaining loved ones their choice of several options for preserving the memory of the person who has passed.
At Lindquist Mortuaries, we offer a range of cremation options, including several possible methods for scattering or otherwise placing ashes in a given location if you desire this format. Here is a primer on several of the most common options people have chosen when it comes to preserving the cremated ashes, or using them in a way the departed would have viewed positively.
Perhaps the most common choice among those who opt for cremation is to preserve the ashes of the departed in an urn of some kind. There are several urn options available in a wide range of prices and designs, from larger urns that can be kept in a given room or area to smaller, more portable urns that might even allow for travel or spreading of ashes in a loved one’s favorite place.
There are two general formats taken for urns with cremation:
In other cases, you may choose to scatter the ashes of the departed in a meaningful place, either for you, them or some combination. This might be a childhood home, or perhaps a favorite longtime getaway where they felt at peace.
Still others choose to commemorate their loved one through the creation of a pendant or other form of jewelry that actually contains a small amount of the ashes from cremation. These pieces can become family heirlooms that are passed down to children and future generations to maintain this person’s memory.
For some who want to spread the ashes in a beneficial way, the choice might be to plant them with the seed of a tree. The ashes will help nourish the tree as it grows, offering a living memorial to your loved one that will stand for decades or longer.
Finally, some choose highly creative options for their ashes, such as incorporating them into a painted portrait or even creating custom tattoo ink using the ashes. While some may not be personally comfortable with this, others feel this artistic expression helps them properly commemorate their loved one’s memory.
For more on the options available for preserving or otherwise handling cremated ashes, or to learn about any of our funeral planning or mortuary services, speak to the staff at Lindquist Mortuaries today.