Staying Close: Creative Cremation Keepsakes That Celebrate Life

Monday, May 13, 2024

56% of North Americans choose cremation these days because it's a simpler and more economical process.

Choosing cremation doesn't mean that you can't properly celebrate your loved one's life, however. Having the ashes of your loved one kept in a cremation keepsake is the best way to keep them close and celebrate their life every single day.

In today's post, we're going to discuss some creative cremation keepsakes that celebrate life. Storing ashes can be done in a variety of ways, so keep reading and you'll have some ideas for remembering your loved one.

Decorative Urns

The most obvious way to memorialize a deceased loved one is to put their ashes in a decorative urn. Even if you choose to purchase a burial plot, an urn is necessary to store the ashes and keep them safe. 

That said, you can keep an urn safely in your home so that you can feel closer to that loved one. If you choose, you can put whatever design you like on the urn to properly memorialize the person they were.

Whether it involves an artistic representation of your loved one or some memorable words that remind you of them, an urn is great for storing ashes and memorializing them at the same time.

Cremation Jewelry

You'll never feel closer to someone who is gone than when you're keeping a bit of them on your person. Cremation jewelry comes in all shapes and sizes, but all of it is built to hold some of your loved one's ashes.

A popular choice for cremation jewelry is a pendant necklace that you can wear around your neck. Your loved one can be with you everywhere you go, hanging from your neck, right next to your heart. 

Other forms of cremation jewelry include photo lockets and cremation rings, which are both small and easy to bring wherever you go. 

Cremation Art

If you'd like to get more creative with your cremation keepsakes, look into making art with ashes. This involves having some of your loved one's ashes mixed with whatever media you choose. You could have a portrait painted of them with part of them included in the work.

You can even do an ash transfer portrait. You'll give over your loved one's ashes and your favorite picture of them, then the photo is transferred onto the canvas with their ashes and encased in a shadowbox frame to keep them safe.

Other Cremation Keepsakes

Other interesting cremation keepsakes include cremation tattoos, where ashes are mixed with tattoo ink. This is a good way to keep your loved one on your body for the rest of your life.

You can also purchase a cremation urn that contains tree seeds. The tree germinates in the top half of the urn and the ashes are in the bottom half, where the roots eventually dig down. 

Choose Something Memorable for Your Loved One

These are just a few cremation keepsakes to inspire you to get creative when memorializing a loved one. If you've recently had someone close die, it's important to choose a trustworthy funeral home for the cremation.

Schumacher & Bennett Funeral Home & Crematory has served Pottstown families since 1905. We treat every family's wishes with sensitivity and professionalism, so contact us today to discuss your cremation needs.

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