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What to do with the cremation ashes

For many of us, the ashes remaining from a cremation are a precious reminder of a departed loved one.  Some people like to keep them in an urn on the mantelpiece of hidden away with other treasures. But there is an increasing demand for more creative ways to retain those memories. In this article, Safe Hands Funeral Plans look at some alternative ways of preserving those cherished memories.

Jewellery

You can always turn the ashes in jewellery to keep the memory close. There are specialist firms that can create necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets using a special resin which they combine with the ashes. Just type “turn ashes into jewellery” into Google and you will find several companies offering the service.

Take them on a world trip

Some people have decided to take the ashes with them on trips to countries and places they visited with the deceased. They scatter a few ashes at all the places they once visited. Remember that you will need to take the death certificate and certificate of cremation with you. You might also check with the British Consulate to check if the country you are visiting has any special rules.

Fireworks

A really unique way for a spectacular send-off is to strap some ashes to a firework and set them off at your favourite spot. Heavenly Stars is one company offering to make memorial fireworks and arrange displays.

Tattoos

To keep your loved one really close, why not consider a cremation tattoo? Cremation tattoos are created by infusing a small amount of your loved one’s ashes into tattoo ink. The ink is then used in the same fashion as it would be during a regular tattoo. You can find out more here.

Vinyl Records

One company is even offering to press cremation ashes into  a vinyl record which can contain your favourite tracks and a bespoke printed label.

Football pitch

Some football clubs now offer fans the chance to scatter the ashes at their grounds. Although this is not on the actual pitch, many clubs have specially designated areas for scattering ashes. Contact the club chaplain for more details.

Burial at sea

It is perfectly feasible to have your loved ones’ ashes scattered at sea. Take a look at a previous Safe Hands blog here.

Garden

There is nothing preventing you burying the ashes in your own garden. It is perfectly legal, although you will need an exhumation licence if you want to move then to another location. Many people chose this option, often burying them next to a favourite tree.