What Celebrities Do with Their Cremains
Returning cremains to the family is one of the cremation services provided in Phoenix, AZ. The family is then free to use the cremains as they wish. Sometimes this includes scattering the ashes in a place that the deceased love one specified, making cremation jewelry, or using the ashes to create a painting or a tattoo.
Celebrities who choose cremation often have wishes for their cremains as well.
Seasoned rocker Rod Stewart has said that he wants his cremains scattered at Celtic Park or Hampden Park (both Scottish sports venues). Why? Stewart is ardent about football and everything that is Scottish, so this gets him the closest to what he loves in death. Stewart’s connection with Scotland, although he himself is English, comes from his father who was from Leith, Edinburgh. All Stewart’s older siblings were born in Scotland, so his identity as a Scottish native comes congentally.
Music legend Tina Turner scattered the remains of her son at sea in California in July 2018. Her son committed suicide earlier in the month. Turner wrote on her Instagram announcement of his death with a picture showing the scattering that this was “My saddest moment as a mother. On Thursday, July 19, 2018, I said my final goodbye to my son, Craig Raymond Turner, when I gathered with family and friends to scatter his ashes off the coast of California. He was fifty-nine when he died so tragically, but he will always be my baby.”
Physicist Stephen Hawking’s cremains were buried in Westminster Abbey in 2018 after his death. He joined fellow scientists Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton (Hawking’s cremains are buried between the two) in a gesture of respect and honor for all the things that Hawking had accomplished in advancing knowledge about physics. A prolific author, Hawking did his best to help the common man understand the worlds out in the universe that we can’t see and what they are composed of and how that impacts us.
When actress Carrie Fisher died in 2016, her cremains were placed in a Prozac-shaped pill urn and buried beside her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds (who died one day after Fisher). Fisher had battled mental health issues for a very long time and was open and candid about how they affected her and her career. The urn was not specifically made for Fisher’s ashes. Instead, she had the giant Prozac pill for quite some time and it was one of her favorite possessions. Her brother and daughter thought that putting Fisher’s cremains in there for burial was a loving and appropriate tribute to her.
Entrepreneur Walt Disney died in 1966 and chose to be cremated. It was a shocking choice for the time and especially for someone with a high profile like Disney. His cremains were buried in Glendale, CA at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
After John Lennon’s unexpected murder in 1980, he was cremated. His cremains were then scattered in Central Park in New York City. Later, a memorial to the iconic musician and former Beatle, Strawberry Fields, was constructed at the place where his cremains were scattered.
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