Upon the death of a loved one, the surviving family members have the option of choosing cremation for their loved one.
Cremation is a process that reduces a body to ash through burning the body in a specially designed cremation furnace.
After the cremation process, the remains of the deceased are buried, scattered in a location of the deceased’s choice, or placed inside a special container known as an urn.
Cremation Memorial Urns
Cremation urns hold the ashes of a deceased person. Urns come in various qualities, shapes, sizes, colors, elaborateness and are even made from different materials.
Cremation urns are typically made from materials such as wood, ceramic, glass, steel, nature stone and completely biodegradable materials like coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose.
Memorial urns serve as a way to effectively commemorate the deceased long after their funeral ends. These special urns typically get used as memorial pieces, generally kept in the home of the loved one’s family.
Some memorial urns are biodegradable, in that they dissolve and reintegrate into the earth when buried. Some of those eco-friendly urns even contain seeds, allowing plans and even trees to grow in memory of their loved one.
Arranging For Cremation
For most people, cremation may be less expensive than a traditional funeral ceremony. Many people, however, do have a cremation and funeral arranged for their deceased loved one. The cost of cremation itself usually includes:
- The products purchased for the funeral, including the cremation casket, the cremation memorial urn and a burial vault.
- The services purchased from a funeral home, such as transportation for the deceased, the cremation costs and the use of funeral home staff.
- Cemetery costs, particularly if purchasing a traditional cemetery plot and headstone for a loved one.
Some people opt to commemorate their deceased loved one in unconventional ways after their cremation.
This usually involves acts like incorporating the ashes into paintings, turning the ashes into diamonds and other unconventional memorial services.
Preserving the ashes in a commemorative cremation urn remains the most common way people pay respects to their loved one after cremation.
Before going forward with the cremation ceremony, it’s always a good idea to talk to your family about what you’re planning to do with the cremation.