What to do with cremation ashes

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What are cremation ashes or cremains?

Cremation uses heat to reduce the body to its basic elements. The final result is referred to as cremains, or cremation ashes. Just as important as the decision to choose cremation over burial is the decision as to what to do with the ashes.

What to do with cremation ashes (cremains)

Cremains, like a traditional burial, can be placed in a cemetery plot or entombment. They can be kept in an urn or scattered someplace meaningful. If you are considering scattering creamins, you need to check with your local laws regarding this matter. The crematorium could answer any questions you may have about scattering.

There are less traditional ways to handle the cremains, such as having them made into diamonds or placing them in memorial jewelry. There are artisans who make custom cremain urns or even have them buried at sea in a coral reef.

Types of urns

Other cremain options

  • Wood
  • Cast bronze
  • Stainless steel
  • Steel
  • Acrylic
  • Bronze
  • Glass
  • Artisan
  • Jewelry
  • Memory chest
  • Scattering
  • Wind chimes
  • Bird bath
  • Vase

Federal Trade Commission: Funerals: A Consumer Guide

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