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Local Business

July 6, 2014

Rob Loose: What will you do with the ashes?

Whether for personal or environmental reasons, an increasing number of families are choosing cremation.

However, contrary to what some people believe, cremation actually increases the number of memorialization options for your loved one’s remains, from permanent placement, to scattering, to in-home keepsakes.

Neither does opting for cremation decrease the importance of memorialization. Permanent placement of the ashes provides a secure place for them, and for family members, friends, and descendants to visit to honor the lives of the deceased.

Permanent placement options include niches at a memorial garden, traditional in-ground burial of the urn, scattering in a cremation garden, and personalized inscriptions on tree plaques, park benches, or other special memorials which may be placed in a memorial gardens or at home.

Today, a huge selection of urns, cremation keepsakes, cremation jewelry, gardens stones, and more are available. A wide variety of cremation caskets, urns, and keepsakes mean that a tribute may be as special and personalized as you wish.

Cremation keepsakes and jewelry mean that you can always keep the spirit of your loved one close. Ashes may be made into a gem, a locket, or kept in a keepsake urn in your home. And, believe it or not, most of these same options are available for the ashes of a beloved pet.

All of these options may be selected in addition to scattering the ashes at a location meaningful to the family, or to fulfill your loved one’s dreams, even after they’re gone.

Were they fascinated with space travel? A portion of your loved one’s ashes may be sent into space!

Or were they more an admirer of the deep, blue sea? A cremation reef memorial may be the perfect tribute. If you can dream it up, it’s likely possible.

Even those of us in the business continue to be amazed at the options available with cremation.

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