Research suggests that families increasingly prefer cremation services for the loved ones they’ve lost. Many people aren’t aware of the options available for caring for the remains afterward. When pre-planning your own services or seeing to the arrangements of the deceased, consider the following choices.
What to Do With Cremated Remains
1. Scatter the Ashes
Many families are comforted by the thought of their loved one resting in a place that held value for them in life. Ensure you comply with local rules before disposing of them. Many places allow scattering of ashes with the owner’s permission.
2. Keep Them in an Urn
This option allows you to keep your loved one's memory close. Urns come in many styles, from unadorned boxes and simple, sturdy pewter vases to custom-carved options with statuettes, photo inlays, or engravings. Choose an option that represents the deceased’s personality or that suits your vision for a private shrine at home.
3. Bury or Inter Them
Many local cemeteries offer small burial plots or aboveground mausoleums where your loved one's remains can rest. You can still choose a beautiful urn if you'd like, but this approach allows you to lay your loved one to rest beside family members and make their resting place easier for extended family and friends to visit.
4. Plant a Tree
A living memorial that grows and flourishes long after your loved one has passed on is a touching alternative to a traditional headstone. By burying your loved one's ashes with a seed or sapling, you ensure some part of them returns to the earth and to the natural cycle of life.
5. Create a Keepsake
There are many services available which will turn your loved one's ashes into jewelry or artwork. Some incorporate the ashes into glass after cremation services to create beads or an ornament, while others compress the ashes into diamonds.
To arrange cremation services in Rochester, NY, contact Thomas Funeral Chapels. Their compassionate and experienced staff members have 88 years of history providing touching and customized funeral and memorial services in Monroe County. Ask them about their options for a green burial or for keepsakes after cremation. For questions, call (585) 663-3837. Learn more about their offerings online.