Things To Do with Your Loved One’s Ashes
Grieving the loss of a loved one is one of life’s most complex hardships; it’s never easy to say goodbye forever, whether you have lost your loved one suddenly or to a chronic illness.
While you will need to move through each stage of grief until you reach acceptance, everyone experiences the stages of grief in a unique way.
But during your initial mourning, it’s important to find ways to preserve the memory of your loved one.
With this, if you have the honor of receiving the cremation ashes, here are some beautiful things you can do to memorialize your beloved friend or family member.
Scatter Ashes In A Special Place
Sometimes, the best way to let your loved one rest in peace is to scatter their ashes in a place they loved in their life.
Spiritually, scattering ashes is symbolic of setting a deceased loved one free while offering those part of the ceremony a chance to say goodbye.
Invest In An Urn Locket
Scattering ashes is not the only beautiful way to memorialize your loved one. An urn necklace for ashes makes it possible to keep a bit of your loved one’s ashes with you.
While there is a wide range of urn pendant designs, you can also engrave a special message on the pendant for even more sentiment.
Urn pendants are also a great idea for families that want to divide cremation ashes between siblings or the whole family.
Plant a Tree
Planting a tree seedling in fertilized soil and the cremation ashes of your loved one is a creative way to memorialize their memory and essence into a growing tree.
This beautiful idea makes it possible to visit your loved one, even if they haven’t prepared a burial site.
Moreover, if your loved one was particularly fond of nature and plants, you could consider planting their favorite tree or plant in the ashes.
Cremation Art Portrait
If you’re prepared to find an artist that’s well-versed in painting with cremation ashes, you could have a portrait of your loved one made.
So if you have been looking for ways to keep your loved one’s ashes in your home, this is it. You won’t need the standard cremation urn.
You could consider a fine art portrait or even a creative abstract creation.
Cremation urns are the most common way of holding ashes. Urns are available in an endless array of styles and designs.
You can also customize urns with engravings.
If you decide to opt for a cremation urn, it’s crucial to ensure the lid seals properly. You won’t want to lose the ashes in the event of an accident.
With this, durable metal urns are best.
Losing your parent, sibling, partner, or friend is an understandably heartbreaking experience.
But it’s important to find ways to preserve their life and your memories together.
That said, it’s just as important to know when to reach out for guidance if your mourning spirals into depression.
Do you have any other ideas for things to do with a loved one’s ashes?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.