5 Things To Do With Your Loved One's Ashes

By: David Tindall
Friday, April 28, 2023

Losing a loved one is never easy, and choosing a method of disposition that honors their memory can be complex. Many families opt for a cremation to celebrate their loved one's life and create a meaningful tribute to their legacy.

However, at Tindall Funeral Home, we understand that deciding what to do with the cremains can be challenging, and you need to plan this while checking cremation prices.

5 Things To Do With Your Loved One's Ashes

Here are five options for what you can do with your loved one's ashes:

1. Store The Cremains In An Urn In Your Home

One of the most popular options for storing cremains is keeping the urn containing the ashes in a special place in your home. You may choose a container that reflects your loved one's personality or style and place it on a fireplace mantle, a shelf, or a console table. This can be a tangible way to keep their memory close and offer comfort in grief.

2. Place The Urn In A Columbarium

A columbarium is a building with niches or niche-like structures for urns with your loved one's ashes. You can find a columbarium in a local church or cemetery and pay your respects anytime. Most columbariums contain niches or tiny alcoves for urns, and you can personalize the niche's glass lid with an etched plaque bearing the deceased's name.

3. Create A Memorial Nook In Your Backyard

If your loved one was passionate about gardening or spending time outdoors, creating a memorial nook in your backyard can be a meaningful tribute to their memory. You can dedicate a small area of your yard to them, bury the urn, and plant flowers or a bush around it.

4. Bury The Urn In A Cemetery Like A Casket

Certain sections of cemeteries are set aside for casket and urn burials. Burying the urn in a cemetery can provide a sense of closure and allow you to visit and pay your respects. You can personalize the grave marker with your loved one's name, birth, and death dates, and a special message or symbol.

5. Spread The Ashes At Sea

If your loved one had a connection to the ocean or loved spending time on the water, scattering their ashes at sea can be a fitting tribute to their life. This can be done per local laws and regulations, and some companies specialize in assisting with sea burials. You may scatter the ashes on the surface or place them in a biodegradable urn that dissolves in the water, creating a lasting memorial to their memory.

Our funeral director can help you with any additional information regarding our services and cremation prices. Contact us at Tindall Funeral Home or call (315) 468-5521.

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