Cremation and the Funeral

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A funeral service before cremation is often desired. The service can be a highly personalized event that celebrates the life of the deceased and provides comfort for the survivors.

Cremation Today

The number of people choosing cremation increased significantly during the past few years, but cremation itself remains unchanged. It is simply the process of reducing the body to bone fragments through the application of intense heat. What is done before or after the cremation process is up to the family or to you. You can event make pre-need arrangements so that your wishes will be honored.

Contrary to what some people believe, cremation does not limit one’s choices, but, in fact, increases one’s options. It need not be looked upon as being a break in family or religious traditions. Cremation, in fact, is only one part in a series of events that leads to memorialization.

Cremation and the Funeral

The choice of cremation in no way eliminates a funeral. A traditional or contemporary-type service is often planned to take place before or after the cremation process.

A funeral service followed by cremation need not be different than a funeral service followed by ground burial. The funeral service can be elaborate or simple; it can be traditional or nontraditional. Today, arrangements are as individual as the persons for whom and by whom they are made. A ceremony may be personalized to reflect the life of the deceased and, thus, have special meaning for those present.

Planning the Ceremony

In making arrangements for a funeral ceremony, it is important to communicate your wishes or those of the deceased to the funeral arranger. They are there to serve you and to give advice and direction about available service options. They can help you plan a personalized service that will be a meaningful final event – a commemoration of a life lived.

Your view of what makes up a funeral ceremony may vary significantly from that of another person. You need to convey exactly what you want the funeral service to include.

  • Do you want a period of visitation prior to the service?
  • Do you want an open or closed casket? (With cremation, you often have the option of buying or renting a casket.)
  • Do you want special music?
  • Do you want the ceremony at the funeral chapel or your place of worship?
  • Do you want family and/or friends to participate in the ceremony?

These and other decisions are for you to make. Keep in mind that funerals do not belong to funeral directors, but to the family of the deceased or to you, if you are planning your last rites in advance of need.

Cremation and Memorialization

Once the funeral service has been arranged, including cremation, arrangements should be made for establishing a permanent memorial to serve as a focal point for remembrance. Options for memorialization are many and can be discussed with a funeral director or with a representative of the memorial facility.

What the family does with the cremated remains is influenced by the type of memorialization desired. Usually cremated remains are placed in some type of permanent receptacle, referred to as an urn, before being committed to a final resting place. The container may be…

Cremated remains also may be scattered in cemetery gardens especially created and dedicated for this purpose. Individuals whose remains have been scattered in the garden can be identified by name on a special memorial plaque, marker or artwork or in a Book of Remembrance in a building on the cemetery grounds.

The scattering of remains also may be done at a designated geographical spot on land or water in accordance with state/provincial or local laws. If scattering is done, it is highly advisable that a site also be chosen for permanent memorial that will provide a place or pilgrimage for those who want to remember and celebrate the life of the loved one.

It is important to remember that cremation does not limit the funeral in any way, and, in fact, can give a greater number of options in the remembrance of those who are no longer with us.

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Cremation Explained

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Isn’t cremation an end in itself?

Some people may regard it as such, but most families feel that the cremated remains of someone they love should be afforded a resting place that can be identified by the name and dates. This is memorialization. Most families find that a memorial, regardless of its size, serves a basic human need to remember and to be remembered.

What choices of memorialization are available?

A final resting place for cremated remains can be provided by various means. The family may choose from a full selection of urns for permanent containment of the cremated remains. The urns may be placed in a columbarium, which is a building or structure where single niche space or family units may be selected. Niches are recessed compartments enclosed by either glass protecting the engraved urn or ornamental fronts upon which the name and dates are featured. Of course, family lots may be used and cemeteries often permit the interment of more than one person in an adult space if cremation has occurred. In many cemeteries there are also specially designed areas for this purpose, which are called urn gardens.

What about scattering cremated remains?

This may be legally done in most areas, but CANA members believe that in consideration of the descendants of the departed that some form of memorialization should be provided. Furthermore, there are reasons for not scattering, because it is for many a very traumatic experience. It can be soul shaking to spill out all that is mortal of someone you have known and loved. One should realize how much is being asked of the person who is to do the scattering. Some crematories provide scattering gardens within their dedicated property, often with the option of personal memorials. The use of dedicated property assures the site chosen will not be developed for other use at some future time.

How does the cost of cremation compare with burial or entombment?

The basic charge for just cremation is somewhat less than traditional burial. However, with so many items of service available to the family both in the funeral service before and in the mode of disposition after, it’s not possible to make an accurate comparison. Again, the family has the option to select as much or as little as they choose and with cremation they have more options.

Is a funeral director necessary?

Some governmental jurisdictions require a licensed person to transport a body and to obtain the necessary permits. Funeral directors are among those so licensed and are the only ones permitted to do so in some jurisdictions. Normally, the funeral director performs the same professional functions regarding cremations as in any other service. In some areas funeral directors operate crematories in conjunction with their funeral homes and are CANA members.

Is embalming necessary?

No, but the factors of time, health and possible legal regulations and religious beliefs might make embalming prior to cremation either appropriate or necessary. As a point of information, heart pacemakers or similar devices should be removed, because they may become dangerous when subjected to the extreme heat of the cremation chamber.

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Cremation is Not the End…It is Preparation for Memorialization

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In Remembrance

Each year on Memorial Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in Canada, thousands of individuals travel to local cemeteries and memorial parks to pay their respects to departed family members and friends. This once-a-year event, originally established to honor our war dead, signals the time for taking plants to gravesites, placing flowers in columbarium vases, and meditating in churches and chapels. Visits to final resting places, however, are not limited to just this one day. Throughout the year people remember those who are no longer with them by going to the areas where special memorials have been established. Remembering those who have died is not a modern-day phenomenon. Thousands of years ago when the funeral pyre and the “sacred flame” were used, survivors fashioned beautiful urns to hold the cherished remains from what they termed the “purifying fire.” Today, cremation has advanced from the crude funeral pyre to modem scientific methods. It is only in the handling of those “cherished remains” that we link up with the past. We recognize as did those long-ago individuals the importance of memorialization.

Survivor Trauma

Those who say – whether in jest or serious – “Just cremate me and throw me out!” do not realize the burden this places on family members. Direct disposal of cremated remains without funerals or memorialization of any kind can cause serious traumatic problems for survivors. An executive of the Forum for Death Education tells of one patient under therapy as a result of scattering the cremated remains of a loved one. She had no focal point for her grief until he suggested that she obtain a niche at a local mausoleum and place some memento of the loved one within. In day-to-day contact with bereaved families, many cemeterians have noticed signs of severe emotional stress among the survivors in instances of cremation without memorialization and without funerals. In some cases, such problems may take the form of delayed reaction many months later and are more apt to come to the attention of the medical community or clinical psychologists than to the layman or to the general public.

Many psychiatrists feel that the funeral serves a very real need for the survivors. One of them stated that the primary purpose of the funeral is to fulfill the need for grieving for the living and that this need goes unfulfilled for many in our culture. The result, in many cases, is that months or years later, people require psychiatric treatment for severe depression.

In suffering a loss, the traditional rites of passage and memorialization can be beneficial in helping individuals pass through the stages of grief.

When the practice of cremation is accomplished with human dignity and recognition, it Will:

  • help assuage grief
  • alleviate guilt
  • contribute to emotional stability
  • create peace of mind

Cremation Today

Worldwide, cremation has rapidly expanded. Since 1973, the number of cremations in North America has more than tripled. Countries such as Japan (97%), the Great Britain (70%) and Scandinavia (over 65%) continue to show a high percentage of cremations. It is predicated that by the year 2010, cremations in the U.S. will be close to 40%. Many well-known Americans have selected cremation following their deaths, and are memorialized in prominent U.S. cemeteries. They include statesman, prominent military persons, as well as many from the field of sports and entertainment.

Cremation with Dignity

Nowadays you have a wide choice on where to place cremated remains. You may select a niche in a columbarium with space for one, two or even an entire family. You may choose interment in a single burial site, an urn garden or family plot. You may prefer scattering in a specially prepared garden within cemetery grounds, with or without a marker. You may even select a personal type of memorialization such as a tree, rose bush or other type of perennial to plant in a special area. Whatever your decision, you will have created a lasting memorial that will serve as a focal point not only for present-day survivors, but also future generations. This is cremation with dignity!

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Cremation Memorial Options

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Memorialization a time-honored tradition

Memorialization is a time-honored tradition that has been practiced by caring people through the centuries. As survivors we care about and want to remember those who precede us in death. Memorialization helps us to remember and to be remembered.

Selecting and establishing a permanent memorial for a family member or loved one not only satisfies an immediate need, but it also fulfills the need to preserve our heritage. Memorials are stepping-stones to the past, and to the future. They link the generations.

Cremation preparation for memorialization

Many people mistakenly believe that the process of cremation – reducing human remains to bone fragments – is an end in itself, but it is not. Cremation is preparation for memorialization just as is traditional burial. In fact, the options for the final disposition of cremated remains and the subsequent memorials used to honor them are many and varied.

Cremation Memorials making the selection

It is never too soon to set up a visual symbol in beautiful surroundings that will perpetuate cherished memories. But beautiful memorials don’t just happen. They require forethought and planning.

Many families make their memorial selections in advance so that decision-making can be done together and can be eliminated during a time of stress. But whether a memorial purchase is made prior to need or at the time of need, you will want to be familiar with the many cremation memorial options that are available.

Columbarium Niche

A columbarium is an indoor or outdoor wall containing niches. A niche is defined as a recessed compartment designed to hold urns. Columbariums may be an entire building, a room, a wall along a corridor or a series of special alcoves or halls in a mausoleum, chapel, or other buildings located in a cemetery or on other dedicated property. Niches come in many sizes with a selection of fronts such as glass, marble, bronze, granite or mosaic. Glass fronts may be clear, tinted, frosted or etched. Some columbarium niches are designed for specific size urns while others may contain a double size space for two urns or even larger niches for multiple urns. Some clear glass fronted niches allow meaningful memorabilia to be placed inside along with the urn.

The Urn Garden

Many cemeteries or memorial parks have areas designated specifically for the interment of cremated remains. These areas are called Urn Gardens and are set aside for those who desire ground or above-ground interment. Some gardens offer individual urn burial plots that will accommodate a marker. Others offer unmarked areas for interment of the urn, with adjacent walls or sculptures for memorial plaques.

Check with your cemetery or memorial park on the types of permanent memorialization they offer for garden interment of cremated remains.

Family Plot

If you already own a burial plot or have a space in a family lot, you may choose to inter the cremation urn there. Cemeteries often permit the interment of the cremated remains of more than one person in a single adult space. Or if you wish to be interred in a family plot, but do not want ground interment, there are monuments available to house the cremated remains. These monuments can be used for those who have chosen cremation or in combination with family members who have chosen casketed burial.

Grave site committal of the urn is available and some cemeteries require that the urn be placed in an urn vault for interment.

There are a wide variety of markers and monuments available but you should check your cemetery’s rules before purchasing your memorial. The monument or marker you select will be a lasting genealogical record for the generations of your family and a lasting symbol of the special life you want to remember and commemorate.

The Scattering Garden

In recent years some cemeteries have opened areas to scatter cremated remains. Called Scattering Gardens, they provide choices for personal memorialization within this dedicated property. Often individuals whose remains have been scattered in the garden are identified on a special memorial plaque, wall or unique work of art on which the names are inscribed. Some cemeteries also have benches on which a plaque may be attached or a living memorial, such as a tree, where a plaque may be placed in front of it. Some cemeteries offer memorializing an individual with an entry in a Book of Memories or Remembrance located in a chapel or mausoleum on the cemetery grounds. These entries, beautifully executed in calligraphy and often illuminated in the manner of ancient manuscripts, provide a personal lasting tribute.

The scattering of cremated remains also may be done at a designated geographical spot on land or in water in accordance with federal, state/provincial or local laws. If scattering is done, it is recommended that arrangements also be made for a permanent memorial that will provide a place of pilgrimage for those who want to remember and celebrate the life of a loved one.

Cremation Urns

Urns for the permanent containment of cremated remains come in a variety of sizes, styles and materials. In fact, there are urns to satisfy every taste, requirement and, as well as, every budget.

You may select an urn from bronze, pewter, marble, granite, brass or from selected hardwoods. They are also available in porcelain, ceramic, stone, hand-blown glass and cloisonné. Urns range in size from single to multiple capacity, and in styling from the traditional book shape and classic Grecian design to novel creations and decorative art pieces and can be personalized to depict an individual’s hobby or special interest. Some designs have a matching picture frame to display a photo of the individual being memorialized.

Keepsake Options

Many urns are also produced in smaller versions to hold a small portion of the remains. These are referred to as Keepsake Urns. They are especially appropriate when only a portion of the cremated remains are to be scattered or when families choose to divide the cremated remains among family members.

Other innovative options available are: Decorative pendants, known as Keepsake jewelry, are available in a number of styles and are designed to hold a small portion of cremated remains; Memorial Glass sculptures where a portion of the cremated remains are permanently embedded in the glass of these fine art pieces; and Memorial Tablets where the cremated remains are integrated into a granite-like material suitable for placement in a cemetery, church memorial garden, or placed in the ground.

Presentation Urns

Presentation urns, which are large enough to hold a temporary urn, are also available for use at a memorial or religious service, when a family is undecided as to the final disposition of the cremated remains.

With so many beautiful and unique urns available, you may have difficulty in making a selection. But before making a final decision, it must be decided where the cremated remains will be placed. If it is going to be placed in a columbarium niche, what size and shape urn can it accommodate? Will it be interred in an urn garden or family plot? Do you need an urn vault? Does your cemetery or columbarium require a specific type of urn be used? These are some of the things you should take into consideration before you make your selection.

Cremation Memorial – the lasting tribute

Although the selection of a cremation memorial may be time-consuming and require some important decision-making, once it has been accomplished it will give you and the generations that follow much satisfaction. Permanent memorialization not only provides a lasting tribute to a loved one, but also gives peace of mind and a place of pilgrimage. Caring about and remembering others are what life and memorializing are all about.

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Explaining Cremation to a Child

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Children and Death

The death of a family member or friend not only affects adults, but also can have a profound impact on children. Children experience grief just as adults do. Child experts say that even before children are able to talk, they grieve when someone loved dies. And these feelings about the death become a part of their lives forever.

It is important to remember that children deal with death differently at different ages and that their reactions are not always obvious or immediate. A child at two or three years of age has little understanding of the meaning of death while one who is eight or nine has a capacity to grasp life’s mysteries and will remember the experience vividly. The level of a child’s emotional development should be taken into consideration by the adult before talking to the child about death or death-related topics.

Adults who are willing to talk openly about the death of a loved one can help a child understand that grief is a natural feeling when someone has died. Children need adults to confirm that it’s all right to be sad and to cry; that the hurt they feel now won’t last forever.

Answering a Child’s Questions

Caring parents can help a child during a time of loss by being open, honest and loving and by responding to his or her questions in a way that shows they care. When answering a child’s questions, adults should keep in mind the following:

  • Tell a child only what he or she is capable of understanding. There is no need to be evasive, but modify explanations to what the child can comprehend. A too complicated reply often confuses a child.
  • Use language that the child can understand.
  • What is said is important, but the manner in which it is said has even greater significance. Be aware of voice tone. Try to answer the questions in a matter-of-fact way without too much emotion.
  • Remember that what is communicated without words can be just as meaningful to a child as what is actually said.

It is not unusual for a child to ask the same question again and again. Repeating questions and getting answers help the child understand and adjust to the loss of someone loved.

Explaining Cremation

When a deceased family member or friend is to be cremated or already has been cremated, your child may want to know what cremation is. In answering your child’s questions about cremation, keep in mind the guidelines that have already been outlined in this leaflet. Keep your explanation of what cremation involves simple and easy-to-understand.

In explaining cremation to your child, avoid words that may have a frightening connotation such as “fire” and “burn”. Instead, in a straight-forward manner, tell your child that the deceased body, enclosed in a casket or container, is taken to a place call a crematory where it goes through a special process that reduces it to small particles resembling fine gray or white sand. Be sure to point out that a dead body feels no pain.

Let your child know that these cremated remains are placed in a container called an urn and returned to the family. If cremation has already taken place and the container picked up, you may want to show it to the child. Because children are curious, your child may want to look at the contents. If your child makes such a request, look at them yourself first so that you can describe what they look like. Share this with your child. Then let the child decide whether to proceed further.

If possible, arrange for a time when you and your child can be with the body before the cremation is carried out. If handled correctly, this time can be a positive experience for the child. It can provide an opportunity for the child to say “goodbye” and accept the reality of death. However, the viewing of the body should not be forced. Use your best judgment on whether or not this should be done.

Depending on the age of your child, you may wish to include him or her in the planning of what will be done with the cremated remains. Before you do this, familiarize yourself with the many types of cremation memorials available. Some of the many options to consider include burying the remains in a family burial plot, interring them in an urn garden that many cemeteries have, or placing the urn in a columbarium niche. Defined as a recessed compartment, the niche may be an open front protected by glass or a closed front faced with bronze, marble, or granite. (An arrangement of niches is called a columbarium, which may be an entire building, a room, a bank along a corridor or a series of special indoor alcoves. It also may be part of an outdoor setting such as a garden wall.) Although your child may not completely understand these or other options for memorialization, being involved in the planning helps establish a sense of comfort and understanding that life goes on even though someone loved has died.

If you incur any difficulties in explaining death or cremation to your child, you may wish to consult a child guidance counselor who specializes in these areas.

When a child asks questions about cremation, adults should be prepared to answer.

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You Have Options with Cremation

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While many people are electing to have cremation these days, there are still a number of misconceptions. When you know about some of the options you have with cremation, you will be better able to decide if this is the right method for you.

One reason people hesitate in choosing cremation is that they believe they will not have the chance to view their loved one, or to have any type of service. As viewings and services are important to family members and friends, choosing cremation will not prevent you from having them. A special viewing casket can be provided if you wish to have a viewing. It is also appropriate if you would like to have a funeral service prior to the cremation. However, if you would prefer to have a memorial service afterward, this can be done, also.

Another reason people hesitate in deciding cremation is the best option is that they believe they would never have the chance to visit with their loved one again. While scattering ashes is a common option, there are other cremation options which may be more suitable for you. Cemeteries, mausoleums, and other resting places are also available. These cremation options would give you the opportunity to visit your loved one in the same manner as if you had chosen a regular burial.

Whether you have religious or personal objections to embalming, this can be one factor in choosing cremation. In most instances, embalming is not required prior to cremation. This point alone can give peace of mind to a family who is uncomfortable with this process.

On the other hand, people often choose cremation because they feel pressured into doing so. Sometimes it is not the best decision for the family. If you are feeling pressured because you are being led to believe cremation is better for the environment or that there is a lack of cemetery space, it is better for you to rethink your position. These points are generally not true, and should not influence your decision.

Making the decision to have cremation instead of burial is intensely personal. Both the wishes of the family and the wishes of the deceased, if known, should be taken into consideration. You should feel completely comfortable with the choice that is right for you.



How to make a Cremation Scattering Event Special

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The act of scattering cremated remains of a loved one is an intimate and reverent occasion that should be carefully planned. Before taking any action, you must first do your homework and find out about local, state, and federal statutes that regulate where human cremated remains can and cannot be scattered.

Where should I scatter the ashes?

The location of the scattering is really up to your personal preferences as well as the wishes of your loved one. Some popular suggestions are dedicated scattering gardens at a cemetery, a scenic outdoor locale that held great importance to the deceased, or even a place that the deceased was never able to visit, but had a lifelong dream to go.

Once you identify where to scatter and have the approval from the proper authorities to do so, there are many different ways to release them.

There are several basic methods for scattering:

  1. Green burial. The cremated remains are poured into a hole in the ground, or placed in an urn that is biodegradable. If the urn is buried, make sure to mark the gravesite with a permanent memorial so you and future generations can visit the area in the future.
  2. Trenching. Someone digs a shallow groove in the soil and the small trenches are filled with the ashes. Some individuals choose to get creative with trenching and spell out a person’s name, or they write a message to the deceased in the soil, then fill the groove with ashes and cover it with topsoil. Trenching is popular in beach communities because the ocean’s tides will absorb the ashes and carry them out to sea.
  3. Casting. This entails throwing the ashes into the wind, and is usually done by one person. Check the direction of the wind, so when you throw the ashes, they don’t blow back on the gathering. If several people want to cast the ashes, pass the urn around and scatter the ashes a little at a time, or divide the cremated remains and place them in small keepsake urns that can serve as a lasting memento after the service.
  4. Water scattering. Water-soluble urns are available for scattering services that take place on lakes, rivers or ocean. Once placed in the water, these urns float for short period of time and then slowly sink to the bottom of the sea.
  5. Ringing. Scatter the ashes around an object that symbolizes the deceased’s life, such as a favorite plant or tree.
  6. Aerial scattering. Ashes are cast from an airplane. This ceremony requires the use of a special plane outfitted for this type of event and therefore must be done by a professional.

What kind of ceremony should I perform?

The key is design a service that is meaningful, personal, and pays tribute to the memory of the deceased. Funeral directors can be helpful resources for planning a scattering ceremony. Ask them about products, memorials, and suggestions to make the event a truly special occasion. There are beautiful urns available for the cremated remains of the deceased that lend dignity to the scattering ceremony. And, there is even jewelry available, which can contain some of the ashes of the deceased so you can always keep a piece of that special person close to you.

Regardless of where the scattering takes place, it is possible to create a fitting tribute to a life well lived. Make sure you consider their wishes and then personalize the ceremony so it is unique to their lasting legacy.



How to Choose the Right Urn

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While the popularity of cremation continues to grow, consumers are still unsure about the many options that are available to them. In the past, urn options were somewhat limited, but that is no longer the case. There are many different types of urns in which to place the cremated remains of a loved one. Options include elegant urns suitable for display, special containers designed to fit into mausoleum and columbarium niches, urns that are suitable for traditional ground burial, as well as carefully crafted urns that aid in the scattering process and eco-friendly biodegradable products. When you consider the vast array of colors, designs, and materials available, the options are virtually endless.

Urns for Cemetery Interment

Nowadays, cemeteries in large and small communities offer a variety of permanent memorialization options to their cremation families. From traditional ground burial, to inurnment in a columbarium or mausoleum niche, the type of urn you select will depend on what you plan to do with the cremated remains.

Burial urns can be made up of any material, including marble, bronze, and porcelain. When ground burial is chosen, most often the urn is placed into an urn vault to help protect it from the elements.

Cremation niches can have a solid front on them where the urn cannot be seen, or in many areas the niche can have a glass front where the urn and personal mementos placed inside the niche are visible. The type of urn suitable for niche interment varies by cemetery. Based on the size of the niche will determine whether it will accommodate one or more urns as well as the size of urn or urns that will be able to fit inside. For those cemeteries that offer glass front niches, the opportunity to express the deceased’s personality through the selection of a unique urn is very desirable to some families.

Scattering Urns

If a loved one wanted to have their cremated remains scattered, many urn choices are available for this event. There are wooden boxes that are made especially for scattering ashes. The top of the box slides open to allow the ashes to be scattered more easily. Ceramic, cloisonné, and crystal urns are also popular for scatterings because they can also be a keepsake that can be used as a vase for flowers after the ashes are scattered.

Several designs are available that are biodegradable over time, providing a eco-friendly option to those concerned about the environment. Urns made from hand-made paper or biodegradable cloth vessels can be buried as well as placed in a body of water.

To scatter ashes in the ocean or another body of water, there are several hand-made pressed paper designs. These vessels will float on top of the water for a few minutes, providing time for a final farewell. They will then sink to the bottom and eventually biodegrade.

Another type of vessel that can be placed in the ocean is a hollow cement ball with holes. It is weighted on the bottom to keep it in place on the ocean floor. Called reef balls, they actually look more like a dome, having a flat bottom. The cremated remains are mixed with cement before the ball is formed. This ball is then dropped into the ocean where it will rest with the cremated remains of others to form a man-made reef system. After placement in the ocean, sea life will take up residence on the artificial reef, essentially turning it into a living memorial.

Elaborate or Simple Keepsake Vessels

Many families opt to keep some or all of the cremated remains of their loved ones as a personal tribute to a life that was lived. A portion of the cremated remains can be divided among family members and placed in beautiful figurines that can be displayed in the home. Angels, dolphins, and miniature urns of bronze or marble provide lovely reminders of a special life.

Jewelry is another choice for keeping a loved one near. Specially designed pins, rings, bracelets, and pendants available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and finishes are available. These jewelry items are designed with a tiny hollowed out area in which a small amount of cremated remains can be added. Once the area is permanently sealed closed, the unique piece of jewelry can be a cherished family heirloom to be honored by generations to come.

Whether you desire to have a permanent resting place in a cemetery, be environmentally friendly even in death, or wish to be scattered, there are many urn options available to meet your needs and budget. All of these provide a beautiful remembrance of a life well lived and each provides a way to memorialize a special life in a way that reflects how they lived.