Five unique things to do with ashes

After a direct cremation or direct funeral it can be hard to decide what to do with the ashes. So here is a list of five different ways you can celebrate your loved one’s life.

  1. Scatter them. You could scatter them in a peaceful setting that you could visit at any time to reflect on the person. Ashes can be scattered on private land in Britain without any formal paperwork. There are also plenty of cemeteries and memorial gardens that will allow you to scatter the ashes, usually for a fee of around £100.

2. Turn them into jewellery. A number of companies offer a service to incorporate the ashes into memorial jewellery. This way you can carry around part of your loved one at all times. Jewellery options include rings, necklaces, and bracelets.

3. Put them in fireworks. If your friend or family member was always the adventurous type then you could let them have one final blast. A few British companies offer the option to place some of the ashes into fireworks. They are sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone who witnesses the spectacular fireworks.

4. Embed the ashes into a coral reef. A company based in Florida has created a memorial park in the ocean. The ashes are placed in a specialised designed reef to encourage coral and other marine life. This creates a beautiful marine environment for future generations to enjoy. Although it could make visiting the location a bit difficult unless you enjoy scuba diving!

5. Send the ashes into space. It may be the final frontier but space is also the final resting place of a select few. Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and the actor famous for playing Scott in that same series are just two of the people whose ashes have been sent into the vast area of space. The price for a one way ticket to space? Approximately £2500.

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