Posted by Tony O’Shea, Funeral Planning & Life Insurance Expert
If your loved one has chosen to be cremated, you now need to start considering what to do with those cremated ashes.
More and more people are seeking new ways of honouring the departed after death and are wanting to do something a little bit different for themselves and their loved ones.
Here are a few creative ideas you might want to consider.
If you are thinking of getting a tattoo to remind you of your recently departed, some tattoo artists will mix the tattoo ink with a small proportion of the cremated ashes. It is recommended you use a tattoo artist who has experience of using cremated ash infused inks.
Cremated ashes can now be pressed and converted into a vinyl record. All you have to do is provide the recording; this can be a special song with meaning or final words and shared memories.
If you are feeling down, maybe a hug is what you need. A teddy bear cremation urn is a teddy bear with a difference. It looks like any normal teddy bear, but is stuffed with a portion of your loved one's ashes and is something that can offer great comfort when you most need a hug.
Cremation jewellery is a unique way to remember your loved ones by infusing a small amount of their ashes into a special piece of jewellery. This is a growing trend with necklaces being most popular, possibly because this allows you to keep your loved one close to your heart. As well as necklaces, other popular pieces include rings, bracelets and earrings.
By turning a loved one's ashes into a diamond you are creating something both precious and unique. Cremation diamonds are a special way to remember a loved one.
By infusing ashes with the paint, you can create an everlasting reminder of your loved one in the form of a portrait painting. This can be displayed, so that your loved one is always looking over you.
By adding ashes to the glass as it is created, you can create a beautiful stained glass window that will act as an enduring tribute to your loved one.
An unusual way to memorialise your loved one would be to them into pencils.
The pencils would be personalised with the deceased person’s name and would be stored in a decorative box. The box also acts as a pencil sharpener and over time the box turns into an urn holding pencil shavings, rather than ashes.
Whilst all these suggestions are intended for people, pets are often considered to be a huge part of the family, therefore these ideas can also be considered for your cat, dog or any other beloved family animal.
If you decide to go down the traditional route and scatter your loved one’s ashes, make sure that you get permissions.
The law on scattering ashes is relatively relaxed, and you are free to scatter ashes anywhere in the UK as long as you have the permission of the landowner. There are some guidelines covering locations such as mountain peaks, lakes and seas, so it is important to do your research.
Whatever you decide, take your time and choose something that brings you and your family peace.
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