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Nearly 5 years ago, my husband’s precious maternal grandmother passed away. This special woman had an amazing sense of humor and a flair for life. Without saying a word, she could make me laugh with just a look. Several years before her death, she visited a local funeral home in order to plan her funeral services. When she passed away, the family didn’t have to deal with the stress of organizing her farewell services. They could relax, grieve, and concentrate on the wonderful memories they shared with her. I've grown to appreciate this. On this blog, you will discover the steps required to plan your own funeral.

Planning Your Funeral

Cremation Options: What To Do With The Ashes After A Loved One Passes

Nora Mitchelle

If a loved one passed away and is now getting cremated instead of buried, you should know a bit more about cremation options. Once you have the ashes, it's possible to do several things with them. The exact approach you choose to take may vary based on the request of the deceased when he or she was still alive as well as what you think is best for the family.

Urns and Jewelry

One of the best ways to keep your deceased loved one close to you is to put the ashes into an urn or a piece of cremation jewelry. Urns are available in plenty of different colors, styles, and intricate designs. They're often place on a mantelpiece or even a nightstand. If you wouldn't want the ashes to sit in one spot, you could add some to an urn and have some ashes added to different pieces of jewelry. Cremation jewelry is beautiful and meaningful. Ashes may be placed inside of assorted pendants, including pendants shaped like hummingbirds, teardrops, and hearts.

Stuffed Animals

If the deceased person was the parent of one or more young children, cremation stuffed animals may help to console the children who are likely going through various stages of grief. A small amount of ashes gets placed inside of a stuffed animal, such as a teddy bear or rabbit, and the animal is then sent back to the home of the person who purchased it. Stuffed animals with ashes inside of them may bring comfort to children who've lost someone so close to them.

Spreading the Ashes Outdoors

It's possible to spread some of the ashes outside. The deceased person may have specifically requested this to happen before he or she passed away. Before you start spreading ashes outside, you'll need to know the laws surrounding the spreading of ashes legally. The Environmental Protection Agency does have some laws regarding where you can and can't spread the ashes out. Many people choose to spread the ashes out at sea or in their own backyards, which is something you should consider doing.

After cremation takes place, you'll receive the ashes of your deceased loved one and you'll need to decide what to do with the ashes. Many people have the ashes placed inside of an urn, a piece of cremation jewelry, or even a stuffed animal. It's possible to spread the ashes outside if it's something the deceased person wanted before his or her death, but you'll need to make sure you're doing it legally. No matter what you decide, it's good to know about the cremation options. Contact a service, like APlus Cremation, for more help.