Selecting a Final Resting Place after Cremation
Once the cremation is over, the family members are given the ashes of the deceased person in an urn. There are different options when it comes to what they can do with the urn and the ashes in it. Here are some aspects to keep in view while making this decision:
- Cremation is an ancient practice, and different people have different ideas about what they would like to do with the ashes of their loved ones. Some families prefer to keep the urn in the house and display it on the mantelpiece. This is one way to make sure that your family member has a comfortable and familiar final resting place.
- If the decedent had expressed their wishes about what they would like done with their ashes, you must honor those wishes. For example, if they had wanted the ashes to be scattered in a specific place like the ocean etc. While you do this, you must check whether you need permission to scatter the ashes in a specific public place.
- You also have the option to bury the ashes in a regular grave or even in your backyard.
- The other thing you can do is to keep the ashes in a columbarium at a cemetery. This structure has small niches in which families can keep the urns that hold their loved one's ashes.
- If you are not very sure about which option works best for you, you can discuss these with your family members and decide what you want to do. Choose a method that everyone in your family agrees with. It will help to ensure that you don’t regret your decision down the track.
At Charles J. O'Shea Funeral Homes, we provide comprehensive funeral services and can help you with all aspects of the process. If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact us.