So What Can I Do with Cremains?
After cremations in Buckeye, AZ, cremains will be returned to the family in a temporary urn – if they have not selected a permanent urn yet – to keep and/or dispose of as they see fit and according to the wishes of the deceased. Families have a wide variety of options for using the cremains.
One option is to buy a beautiful urn and keep the cremains in the home. Some people are not comfortable with this, however, so there are other choices available to make sure their loved one is respectfully remembered.
One of these choices is to store the cremains in a columbarium. A columbarium is an above-ground structure that has compartments built into it where cremains can be stored. Typically, the cremains are put into an urn, and the urn is stored in the compartment. After the urn is place in the compartment, it’s sealed and then a gravestone that fits the compartment opening is placed in front. Sometimes columbariums are stand-alone structures, and sometimes they are dedicated spaces in mausoleums, chapels, or cemeteries.
Another option is to use some of the cremains to store in memorial jewelry or fuse into glass. Memorial jewelry, such as rings, bracelets, or pendants, contains a small amount of the cremains in a compartment. The jewelry can be worn just like any other jewelry. Fusing some of the cremains into glass provides a different way to keep a loved one close. Jewelry is one choice, but stained glass, paperweights, and blown glass vases are other options.
Cremation jewelry has been around since the 14th century. People who decide to make cremation jewelry do so because it comforts them to have their loved one close by. However, not everyone’s comfortable with cremation jewelry, so there are plenty of other things that you can do with your loved one’s cremains.
There are several popular outdoor disposition choices exist for cremains. The first is to take the cremains to someplace that had great significance or was special to the deceased and simply scatter them.
Another way to use cremains in an outdoor setting is to scatter them in a scattering garden, which is a community space especially designed for scattering cremains, and that can be visited by loved ones and friends at any time. Scattering cremains has a positive environment effect because they enhance the soil and promote healthy plant growth.
A second way to use the cremains for an outdoor disposition is to scatter the ashes on a loved one’s gravesite or to bury them in an urn beside a loved one or in an urn garden. Most cemeteries allow multiple urns to be buried in one plot, so it’s a good way to keep family together even in death. Just as with casket burials, cremation vaults are required by most cemeteries when burying urns. This protects the urn and reduces the risk of the ground around it collapsing.
Urn gardens, which are specially-designated spaces in cemeteries for the burial of urns, are becoming more popular and many more cemeteries are creating these spaces for the burial of urns.
For more gudance on what to do with cremains after cremations in Buckeye, AZ, our compassionate and experienced team at Simply Cremation & Funeral Arrangements is here to help. You can come to our funeral home at 16952 W. Bell Rd., #303, Surprise, AZ, 85374, or you can contact us today at (623) 975-9393.