What Do I Do With The Ashes After Cremation?

By: David Tindall
Friday, September 17, 2021

In the case of cremation, the decedent’s family has to decide what they want to do with the ashes. Some people preplan their cremation and mention this aspect in the contract and the family can follow that instruction. At Tindall Funeral Home, we have seen that some people are not very clear about their options about what they can do with the ashes after cremation. The information here will help you decide what you prefer to do.

Options After Cremation

There are different ways to either dispose of or keep the cremains of your loved one, such as:

  • If you want to keep the ashes close to you, place the urn in any spot like the mantelpiece or a table in your home.
     
  • You can also create a small memorial in your yard with a small rock formation and a bench with shrubs and flowers surrounding that area. It can be a serene space where you can spend quiet moments reminiscing about the person.
     
  • Some families prefer to bury the urn with the ashes in a cemetery after conducting a memorial service. They feel it gives them someplace to go and pay their respects to their loved ones.
     
  • If you want such a place to go to, but want to avoid burying the urn, consider placing it in a columbarium, which is a structure built for this purpose in a church or cemetery.
     
  • Many people prefer scattering the ashes at sea but you need to check the local laws surrounding this practice.

A funeral director can help you with any additional information you need regarding these options. Contact us at Tindall Funeral Home through our online form or call (315) 468-5521 if you would like to learn about our pre-planning services and need advice.

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