Honoring Your Loved One: Ten Creative Ways to Use Cremated Remains

By: VGFS
Friday, March 20, 2020

Cremation has become the most popular funeral choice for Americans. It currently accounts for more than half of all end-of-life dispositions in the U.S., and that number is expected to grow to nearly 80% by 2040.

With cremation becoming so prevalent, it’s no wonder more and more people are seeking unique memorial ideas for their loved ones’ cremated remains. From eternal coral reefs to playable vinyl records, there’s no shortage of creative ideas for cremation ashes. Read on for a ten of our favorite possibilities.

1.     Cremation Urns: These vessels represent the most traditional option. Many people find comfort in the idea of keeping their loved one’s ashes nearby, perhaps on the mantle or a special table. An endless array of sizes, designs and price points is available to meet every taste and budget. Whether you prefer elegant bronze, rustic wood, or delicate porcelain, there’s sure to be an urn that’s ideal for your needs. This choice is also convenient: if you should move, the urn can easily be transported.

2.     Scattering Ashes: An ash scattering ceremony is a beautiful way to lay your loved one to rest in a place that was both special and meaningful to them. Favorite parks, hiking trails and fishing holes are popular choices for these events, as are scattering at sea and even from the air. Please note that each state has its own laws on scattering, and in the case of scattering ashes over water, federal law may take precedence. As part of your planning, be sure to check any regulations that may apply to your preferred location for the scattering ceremony.

3.     Memorial Jewelry: One of the most popular ways to cherish the memory of your loved one is by creating memorial jewelry from his or her ashes. Whether you choose to go with a large company or an artisan jewelry maker, there’s a huge range of pendants, bracelets and ring designs to choose from. You can either place a small amount of the cremains into the jewelry, such as a fillable locket, or have the ashes mixed with the actual materials used to construct the jewelry itself.

4.     Cremation Diamonds: Who doesn’t love diamonds? These brilliant gems are made using extreme heat and pressure, similar to the conditions under which they form in nature. Due to the boron in the bone fragments, cremation diamonds usually have a stunning bluish hue. You can choose to leave the diamond as a solitaire or have it crafted into a beautiful piece of jewelry.

5.     Plant a Tree: A tree burial is a thoughtful option for gardeners and other nature lovers. You can buy special biodegradable urns that are designed to combine cremation ashes with a special blend of nutrients to help the tree grow and thrive. In time, you’ll be able to sit beneath its shady branches and fondly remember your loved one.

6.     Replicated Coral Reefs: Was your loved one fond of the water, or did he or she enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving among beautiful coral reefs? It’s now possible for them to spend eternity beneath the ocean water they loved so much. In replicated coral reefs, the ashes are mixed into cement that is molded into a design that resembles the reef structure. It offers that added benefit of becoming a habitat for many species of marine life, replacing those that have been damaged or destroyed.

7.     Memorial Tattoos: This may be the ultimate way of keeping someone close to you. In memorial tattoo art, a small amount of the ashes are combined with the ink that’s used to illustrate the departed’s name or image on your body.

8.     Vinyl Records: Did your loved one have a favorite song or band? Cremation ashes can now be compressed into a playable vinyl record that contains a recording of your choice. The challenging part may be finding someone who still has a record player!

9.     Stained Glass: Imagine waking up each morning and enjoying your coffee with your loved one as the sun streams through an enchanting stained glass window. It’s possible with stained glass that’s crafted from cremated remains. In this process, a small amount of ashes is incorporated into the stained glass as it’s manufactured. From there, the glass pieces can be combined into virtually any design to create stunning piece of window art.

10.  Blown Glass Art: A number of companies use the art of glass glowing to create magical memorial pieces. About a tablespoon of the departed’s ashes are incorporated into a glass orb or heart. The ashes appear in a swirled pattern alongside vibrant colors and metallic touches. An inscribed message can even be included in the finished piece.

Today, the options are virtually endless when it comes to commemorative ideas for the ashes of a loved one. If you have questions about cremation or need help deciding on a suitable memorialization choice for the remains, please reach out to our caring team of professional funeral directors.

About Vaughn Greene Funeral Services: For more than 20 years, Vaughn Greene Funeral Services has been providing a ministry of care to Baltimore’s African American community. As a leading local, minority- and family-owned provider, we promise to provide our highest level of service and respect to families who entrust us to honor their loved one. For more information, please call us at 410.655.0015 or visit us online at https://vaughncgreene.com/.

 

 

 

Leave a comment
Name*:
Email:
Comment*:
Please enter the numbers and letters you see in the image. Note that the case of the letters entered matters.

Comments

Please wait

Previous Posts

These Seven Heart Health Threats Might Surprise You

The road to longevity is paved with choices that safeguard your heart health. The heart is not just a muscle; it’s the engine that keeps the body running. You may be surprised to learn that many f...

The Rules of Visitation Etiquette: Eight Tips for Being a Polite Funeral Guest

When attending a funeral or memorial service, it's crucial to understand the protocols, including proper visitation etiquette. Funeral visitations and wakes can be emotionally taxing, but they off...

National Craft Month: How Tapping Into Your Creative Side Helps Your Mental Health

March is National Craft Month and studies show a strong connection between our mental health and our creativity. The benefits of crafting range from decreased stress, improved brain productivity,...

A Practical Guide to Selecting Burial Clothes with Love and Reverence

Choosing burial clothes for a loved one can be a tender act of remembrance and profound significance. Navigating loss is a challenging experience on many levels. Despite the weight of grief, numer...

Ten Easy, Creative Ways to Add More Produce to Your Diet

Few things can enhance health and wellness like striving to add more produce to your diet. Bursting with essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants, produce is nature's gift to our bodi...

Your Guide to Understanding Cremation: Seven Fascinating Myths and the Truth Behind Them

Understanding cremation reveals countless misconceptions about the ancient practice. Cremation has been around for centuries but it remains surrounded by mystery. You might be surprised to know th...

Reflecting on Black History Month, The Importance of Diversity and Inclusion

During Black History Month, we celebrate African Americans and the role they have played in building this country, as well as recognize their achievements. Diversity and inclusion are essential in...

Need an Alternative to Traditional Funeral Flowers? Here are Eight Smart Options.

Eco-friendly alternatives to traditional funeral flowers have emerged as a growing trend in end-of-life services. As more people become conscious of their environmental impact, they are seeking wa...

Winter Heart Attacks: Why They’re More Common and How to Avoid Them

The colder months bring more than just frosty weather—they also bring a greater chance of winter heart attacks. The winter season is usually associated with cozy blankets, warm fires, and snowy ou...

Condolence Messages: How to Find the Right Words at a Difficult Time

It’s very common to have a hard time finding the right words when composing condolence messages. Whether you are posting to an online sympathy board or sending your condolences by mail, knowing wh...