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Finding the Right Resting Place After Cremation December 19, 2023

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Planning final services involves a multitude of decisions. It is a big reason many are taking steps to preplan.Pre-planning takes much of the pressure off of loved ones during a difficult time. It also helps ensure your wishes will be met following your death.

One of the significant decisions to be made for those choosing cremation is what will be the disposition of your cremains. Here are some options and things to consider when choosing a final resting place.

How Do You Want Your Ashes to be Handled

One of the first choices to be made is whether you prefer to have your ashes placed in an urn or scattered. Ashes in an urn can be kept by a family member, buried in a cemetery, placed in a columbarium, or otherwise disposed of. Many opt to have their ashes scattered in a meaningful place.

Placement in an Urn

Modern urns are available in a number of decorative and even custom designs. This can make them suitable for display in any home or office. Urns can also be buried in a specified area of a cemetery. Nature lovers may consider a biodegradable urn.

Scattering of Ashes

Many appreciate the thought of having their ashes scattered in a favorite location or in nature. Ashes have been scattered over the ocean, lakes, nature trails, and sporting venues. It is important to note that before scattering ashes, permission needs to be obtained by the property owner. Some communities have restrictions on how and where ashes can be dispersed.

Unique and Specialized Disposal

An increasing number of individuals are selecting one of a number of growing specialized options for their ashes. These include everything from having a small amount of ashes sent into space to having them used to make concrete shapes to be included in an underwater reef. Ashes can be used to create jewelry, make fireworks, and even used in making ink to be used in tattoos.

Keep It Personal

Whether you are preplanning for your personal services or making plans for someone else, the final resting place should be chosen with care, thoughtfulness, and with the personality of the deceased in mind. You will also likely want to keep in mind the location of the remains of others in the family. If the person enjoyed boating, fishing, or outdoor sports, a reef or sea burial may be suitable. If they enjoyed nature, a hiking trail or national forest may be a better choice.

Benefits of Pre-Planning

Pre-planning your final services reduces the stress on loved ones, helps ensure your wishes are met, and helps you control how much is spent on your funeral. It also allows you to be specific about just how and where you want your final resting place to be.

Our professional, caring team can help you through the process by answering your questions and sharing your options. If you have made the decision to be cremated, there are still decisions to be made. We would be honored to assist you.

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