Selecting a Final Resting Place After Cremation

By: Les Fee
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

During the arrangement of a funeral service there are many different options to explore and select from to ensure the service fulfills all the needs and desires of a loved one. Whether you are pre-planning your own funeral or planning a funeral for a loved one who has recently passed, there is the question between burial and cremation services.  

If a cremation service is what you have chosen, the next question to consider is, what next? There are many different styles of resting ashes that can be customized to you and the family. 

Here are a few to look at, 

1.    Display the ashes at home: Bringing the ashes home to be placed on a fire place mantel or someplace special in your home can give the family peace that their loved one is still with them and close by. 

2.    Columbarium: Whether indoor or outdoor, columbaria provides recessed compartments or niches in a glass or stone wall, with identity plaques for a place to store the ashes in remembrance, which can be visited often. 

3.    Burying the ashes: Ashes can be buried in an urn garden where other urns are buried as well, or if the family has their own plot and there is enough room to bury the urn there, this can be done as well. 

4.    Scattering the ashes: If there is a profoundly meaningful place you would like your ashes, this too is acceptable. Ashes can be scattered on the ground on your property or if there is a special place on private property, you can seek permission to scatter the ashes there. Some people also choose to scatter the ashes in a scattering garden at the cemetery where they can frequently come back to visit. Scattering the ashes in water is prohibited in national parks, however ashes can be “let to the wind”. You can also seek permission to scatter over rivers and lakes. 

Choosing the right service can be difficult during the time of planning a funeral, although you have many options and selections to completely customize a funeral service that is right for you. If you have any questions or need any further information, please feel free to contact, Fee & Sons Funeral Home, here

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