A Second Life: 7 Unique Ideas for Cremation Ashes

Monday, January 13, 2020

There is nothing easy about dealing with the death of a loved one.

But when you choose cremation, you have the unique opportunity to honor your loved one and create a keepsake or memorial that can help you grieve and later remember your family member.

First, you'll need to decide what to do with the cremation ashes. Keep reading to learn 7 unique ideas you could choose from.

1. Keepsake Jewelry

It's normal to want to keep our loved ones close after they've passed. And what better way to do so than by using their ashes to create a piece of jewelry you can wear every day?

Many companies offer keepsake jewelry that incorporates cremated ashes. Some feature capsules to hold a small amount of ashes. Others use ashes in the actual creation process. For instance, you can get a diamond that has been made in a lab using some of your loved one's ashes.

2. Artwork

While jewelry is a wonderful way to keep someone close, it doesn't allow the entire family to honor a loved one's memory. Creating a unique piece of art means a similarly beautiful end result, but one that you can display in your home for everyone to see.

One popular way to incorporate ashes into art is to create a hand-blown glass globe with the ashes added. 

3. Turn Them Into Music

Another product that can be produced while incorporating ashes is a vinyl record. You can then include songs that are special and meaningful, and that reminds you of the person who has passed.

4. Plant a Tree

When a loved one is buried in a cemetery, their grave becomes a place for family members to come together to grieve and remember the good times. If you still want to retain this special place of remembrance, but in a more environmentally-friendly way, you can now grow a tree with the ashes of the deceased.

To do this, you'll need an urn designed to keep ashes and seedlings separate until the tree begins to take root, to avoid destroying the new tree. Within just a few years, you'll have a small tree to visit in memory of your family member. 

Future generations will be able to sit in the shade of the tree and reflect on the passed-down memories of their ancestors.

5. Help Rebuild Coral Reefs

If your family member was more of an ocean-lover than a forest-lover, this next idea might be a better fit.

Some companies now allow you to incorporate ashes into an environmentally-friendly concrete block. This block is then sunk and used to form the base of new coral reefs. With time, your loved one will help spur new life and growth on the ocean floor. 

6. Put on a Show

Some people want to memorialize those who have passed in a big way. Adding ashes to fireworks and putting on a show is a memorable way to create a happy memory after the funeral is over.

7. Keep Things Simple

While it may not necessarily be unique, there's no reason that you can't keep your loved one's ashes in a traditional urn in a special place in your home.

This is a wonderful way to keep the memory of your loved one a central part of your life and of your family's day to day interactions.

Deciding What to Do With Cremation Ashes

When you're still coping with the death of a loved one, trying to decide what to do with their cremation ashes can feel overwhelming. You can always keep the ashes in a traditional urn to give yourself time to decide whether one of the other ideas on this list is right for you.

If a loved one has passed and you are preparing their final arrangements, click here to learn more about our cremation services and some of the options you can choose from.

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