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Cremation Memorial Options

The loss of a loved one is always sad, but they need not be gone forever as long as we hold them in our hearts. Even when their bodies are cremated, there is always a way to remember them.

Cremation urns are the most basic form of cremation memorial. These urns are usually placed in a columbarium niche, behind a plaque which displays the face of the deceased, their name, their date of birth and their date of death; in other words, just like a tombstone. Most columbarium niches have slots for flowers and other small tokens to be placed as well. If a columbarium niche is not desired, it is also perfectly possible to bury the urns in the family plot, or place them in a family mausoleum.

Keepsake urns only contain a portion of the remains from cremation. This method is used when the ashes are to be divided among multiple family members, and they tend to be more decorative than normal cremation urns. Keepsake jewelry is a derivative of normal keepsake urns; these are usually pendants. The ashes can also be sealed into glass sculptures, or memorial glass tablets. These tablets can then be displayed or buried, at the option of the deceased’s family.

Scattering is one of the more common forms of laying the cremation remains to rest; scattering gardens exist which allow a family to scatter the remains while maintaining a memorial plaque or monument of some sort to remember the deceased. Some countries also have designated areas where ashes can be scattered; it is generally recommended that a small, permanent marker be erected near the site so pilgrimages may be made to the spot. Scattering remains into the sea is also an option; boats can be chartered to take family members out to a location where ashes can be scattered. Even scattering remains by air is possible, albeit expensive; one must usually charter a private plane to perform the ceremony. In all cases of scattering, the remains are impossible to retrieve once they are scattered, so thought should be given to where and when one wishes to lay the remains to rest.

Memorial diamonds are a radical option for the memorialization of a loved one’s cremation remains. Carbon from the remains are compressed and heated in a process designed to replicate the circumstances that lead to the natural formation of diamonds. This produces a gemstone that is molecularly and visually identical to diamonds formed naturally within the earth.

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