When someone chooses to be cremated, loved ones have many options to honor that person’s memory, keeping the ashes close or by scattering them. A funeral service offers many personal touches to honor the memory of the deceased. However, some families choose a direct cremation, where a deceased body is cremated without a viewing or funeral service.

In that case, how loved ones choose to keep, scatter, or use to create unique keepsakes may be extra meaningful. For someone who lived an artistic or adventurous life, family or loved ones may want a way to commemorate them in a way that reflects their personality.

Here are 7 unique ways to commemorate a loved one with their cremated ashes:

1. Create a work of art. Ashes can be used to create a painting. Ashes can be woven into suncatchers or infused into glass pieces.

2. Slowly release cremated remains into the ocean. For someone who wanted to be scattered into the sea, an ocean burial urn can help the process. These urns slowly release the ashes into the water, which gives loved ones a short scattering ceremony.

3. Launch ashes into space. If the idea of space travel or sending your loved one’s ashes to the moon to be among the stars seems fitting, there is a way! There are companies that launch specialized urns into orbit.

4. Take to the skies. Is space too far? You can scatter ashes aerially. Qualified pilots can release ashes into the air during flights, allowing the remains to scatter peacefully above the clouds.

5. Use cremated ashes in a memorial tattoo. Mixing ashes with tattoo ink is safe and acts as a unique, permanent memory of your loved one.

6. Wear ashes in one-of-a-kind jewelry. Ashes can be used in keychains, rings, pendants, bracelets, or even pressed into diamonds.

7. Create a candle urn. Candle urns are a cost-effective way to keep your loved one’s ashes close. The urn has space for a replaceable tea light or wax, keeping your loved one close in a lovely display.

Cremating a loved one allows for many possibilities to create memorials that reflect their personality. Talk to one of our funeral directors if you’re curious about how we can assist with plans for cremated ashes. As always, we are here to support you in any way we can. Please reach out to us anytime.