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What to do with Cremation Ashes

When a loved one passes away, if they will be cremated you will likely be faced with the question of what to do with their ashes. There are many sentimental and extraordinary things you can do, some common and some not so common. As cremation increases in popularity in the UK, there are more and more unique and innovative ways to use and scatter ashes. If you’re not sure what you’d like to do, read on.

*Please note that permission may be required in certain locations for scattering, burying or planting ashes.

Scatter them in a special place

Scattering ashes in a special place is a popular option as you can choose a place you know your loved one enjoyed. You can revisit this place time and time again to remind you of your loved one, keeping that place close to your heart. You can also make use of scatter tubes that can be found online, to provide an easier way to scatter ashes.

Keep them in an urn

Keeping ashes inside an urn is another option. Quite often, people want to keep the ashes of their loved one in their home. By keeping them in an urn, this is possible.

Plant them with a tree

This is a more common and very meaningful way of using ashes. Incorporating them into the earth when you plant a tree means that you can grow something and revisit it for many years to come.

Bury them

Burying ashes is one of the more traditional options. Burying them will allow you to leave your loved one in a special place, which you can visit from time to time in future years. Burying them also means you can leave them somewhere significant, where you know they will be at peace.

Unique Options

Skydive and scatter

This method will allow you to scatter ashes in an extraordinary way. Experience the thrill of freefalling while scattering the ashes of your loved one from a height. It might be something you’ve wanted to try for a while, and now is the opportunity to make it that bit extra special.

Get a tattoo with them

With new technology, you can now get body ink that actually contains some of your loved one’s ashes. In the tattoo industry, these are known as ritual or commemorative tattoos. With this option, you can remember your loved one in a very special way, having them embedded into your skin forever.

Go travelling with them

If you know that your loved one enjoyed travelling or was wanderlust in general, why not go and take them with you? This is a special way to travel the world while having your loved one close to you. Be aware, however, that if you will be flying, most airlines ask that you bring the Certificate of Death of the deceased with you.

Turn them into jewellery

There are many well-known brands that can turn ashes into jewellery. This is a more sentimental way of honouring your loved one, and a way of always keeping them close. Turning ashes into glass will turn your memories into treasures you can keep forever.

Turn them into art

This innovate new way of combining the power of art with the comfort of keeping your loved ones close allows you to create a truly memorable keepsake. Whether you want to create a glass sculpture or a painting, there are many companies out there that can help you create something memorable.

Turn your loved one into a firework

Watch your love one light up the sky with this truly spectacular way of using their ashes. There are many companies online that will celebrate life with fireworks, offering a variety of services for scattering the ashes of your loved one.

There are so many unique and special ways in which you can remember your loved one and celebrate their life one last time with their ashes. Here at Alan Greenwood and Sons, nothing is too much trouble and we pride ourselves on the service we provide. We can offer more advice for things to do with the ashes of your loved one, and we offer a range of caskets and urns. If you’re planning a loved one’s funeral or cremation, please do get in touch.

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“Dear John,

Thank you for the wonderful service, support and help you offered me and the way you looked after my partner Bob, after he passed away.

From the professionalism and courtesy your team showed on that most traumatic moment – taking Bob from our house – to your kindness, and surefooted advice, the recommendation of the Celebrant, and then your kindness in coming to the cremation as well.

It’s been the hardest month or so of my life and yet I was so pleased with how the service went, the wonderful order of service you arranged and helped me with and of course the music as well. Throughout it all you treated me with respect, dignity and gave me such helpful advice. I’m not sure I would have managed well without that. Even more, I can now look back and reflect that the day went well and represented my partner and our love so well.

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