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Memorialization Types

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Cremation continues to rise in popularity over traditional burial with over 50% of Americans now opting to be cremated after they die. However, despite this growing trend, a large majority of families don’t know what to do with the cremains (cremated ashes) they receive afterward. More often than not, the cremains remain stored in their respective containers for so long that they end up being forgotten.

There’s no need for this unfortunate scenario, as there are numerous unique options available for handling cremains. In addition to being placed in an urn, they can also be buried in a cemetery grave or interred above-ground in a columbarium niche. There are many options for memorial jewelry created from cremated remains, keepsakes and other objects.

Here are some ideas of what to do with cremated remains:

Ground Burial– choosing burial as your final disposition allows you to have a final resting place. Learn more about our cemetery and permanent placement here.

Scattering– you can scatter cremains in a meaningful location that was important to your loved one, e.g., the family homestead or a natural outdoor landscape (lake, mountain, forest). But proceed with caution when scattering on public land or private property – make sure you understand all the rules and regulations and seek permission before you begin. Every state and city is different, it is important to look up laws for scattering in your area. Some cemeteries also provide scatter gardens for families looking for a convenient and secure place to scatter cremains. Forest Lawn is one of those cemeteries. Click here to see our Lilac Garden.

Containers– urns and keepsake containers allow you to keep your loved one’s cremated remains close by for comfort and security.

Urns – come in all shapes and sizes, forms and designs. An urn can be a simply constructed wooden box or a creative vessel designed to resemble an hourglass, holiday ornament, glass paperweight, or golf ball.

Jewelry – storing cremains in keepsake necklaces, pendants, bracelets, and rings is another special way to keep your loved one physically close to you. 

Tattoos – a small amount of cremated remains are mixed with ink and tattooed into the skin as a physical and highly personalized reminder of your loved one.

Fireworks – for a grand finale, cremains can be incorporated into fireworks and set off in a customized display or packaged into self-firing rockets.

Diamonds – turning cremains into a diamond is a timeless method to memorialize the dearly departed. Cremation diamonds are an eternal and physical reminder of your loved one that often becomes a cherished family heirloom.

Contact us if you have further questions on any of the memorial options we’ve outlined above.