The Cremation is over . . . Now What?

Thursday, January 1, 2015

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Once the cremation is over, you may not know what to do with your loved one’s cremains. While it may be a difficult decision, this is the beauty of choosing cremation instead of burial—you have infinite options!

You can scatter your loved one’s ashes in a special location on land or at sea, keep them in a beautiful urn at home, place them in a columbarium niche, separate them into keepsake urns between family members, place the cremains into a necklace, have them blown into a unique piece of glass artwork, or you may bury them on a family plot in a cemetery.

While there are countless options, here are four unique ways to memorialize your loved one after the cremation:

  1. Keepsake Jewelry: These days, many families are choosing to carry their loved one’s ashes everywhere they go by placing them in customized cremation jewelry. This beautifully distinctive jewelry is available in an assortment of styles, from small lockets and containers to glass cremation beads to crystals and diamonds. Additionally, one company called LifeGem® can create a certified, high-quality diamond created from a lock of hair or a small portion of your loved one’s cremated ashes.
  2. Cremation Gardens: Many cemeteries now offer special cremation sections, often referred to as “cremation gardens.” Within these peaceful gardens, you may choose to place your loved one’s cremated remains in a columbarium, individual memorial, family estates, niches or even a special cremation rock nestled among flowers, trees and waterfalls.
  3. Underwater Reef Memorials: Whether your loved one was a scuba diving enthusiast, a deep see fisherman or just an admirer of the sea, a cremation reef memorial may be the perfect tribute. In this unique undersea option, your ocean lover’s cremains are placed on an environmentally friendly cremation reef, which helps restore underwater habitats.
  4. Granite Memorial Benches: With this option, you can have your loved one’s cremated remains placed in an elegant granite bench, which can be customized with etchings of their name, date of birth and death, quotes and even a photo. You may choose to display the bench in your backyard garden, next to your loved one’s favorite lake or even on a mountainside. Many cremation gardens also offer customized cremation benches.

When it comes to cremation, the sky is the limit. At Ohio Cremation & Memorial Society, we’ll help you explore these and many other options. Contact us today to learn more.

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