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Thinking Outside the Box: 7 Creative Ideas for Cremation Ashes

When considering cremation, some families worry that the options for memorialization can be limited.

When considering cremation, some families worry that the options for memorialization can be limited. However, this couldn't be further from the truth. With the increasing popularity of cremation, the options are nearly limitless. 

There are many ways to create a special, unique memorial for your loved one. In this article, we will explore just seven of the unique ways to celebrate the life of your loved one after choosing cremation:

  • Cremation Jewelry
  • Fireworks Display
  • Garden Goodbye
  • Keepsake Diamond
  • Memorial Artwork
  • Reef Construction
  • Scattering Over Water

Cremation Jewelry

An increasingly popular option for memorializing a loved one is cremation jewelry. Some opt for a bracelet or necklace that can hold a small portion of remains inside, while others choose jewelry that incorporates the ashes right into the glass or other materials used in the item. Other options may be personalized or have a special symbolic meaning that helps the wearer remember their loved one. Cremation jewelry allows several family members to keep a tangible reminder within finely crafted pieces that suit every style. Like all fine jewelry, you should avoid wearing cremation necklaces and bracelets while showering or swimming. With a little care, cremation jewelry becomes a meaningful keepsake from one generation to the next. 

Diamonds created from remains are another popular choice. Find more on that below.

Fireworks Display

A cremation fireworks display uses a small amount of cremated remains along with the explosive chemicals to create a colorful sendoff for your loved one. There are several companies that offer this service in the U.K., but only a handful in the United States, primarily in Missouri. The U.K. companies sell do-it-yourself kits, but unfortunately, they can’t be used in the U.S.

Garden Goodbye

Some families opt to scatter a small amount of the cremated remains in a garden at home. As always, check your local laws whenever scattering, especially on land you do not own. Whether or not you scatter the remains in your yard, you can always memorialize a loved one there with a garden stone, windchime, or a weather-resistant family heirloom. Planting a favorite tree, bush, or flower is another way to honor your loved one.

Keepsake Diamond

Turn your loved one's cremated ashes into a memorial diamond. Companies like Eterneva create brilliant diamonds from loved ones' cremated ashes. Meticulously crafted in a lab to mimic the heat and pressure that forms natural diamonds, these gemstones can be as small or large as you prefer and can be customized by cut, color, and clarity. Whether as a ring, pendant, or other custom jewelry pieces, Eterneva diamonds offer a timeless and intimate way to honor and remember those who have passed. 

Memorial Artwork

Creating artwork using your loved one's cremated remains can be a personal and artistic way to keep their memory alive. This unique form of tribute allows you to blend their ashes into paintings, sculptures, or glass art, turning their essence into a tangible piece of art. Each creation serves as a beautiful representation of their spirit, capturing the individuality and significance of their life. Memorial artwork offers a lasting tribute to be cherished for generations, providing a comforting presence in your home and a meaningful connection to your loved one.

Reef Construction

For families seeking to help with marine life conservation, consider choosing a company that mixes the cremated remains with concrete, allowing them to drop into the seabed. This approach creates an artificial reef structure. The cremated remains become new habitats for fish and other forms of sea life. It is a beautiful way to let your loved one live in connection to the world’s ecosystem.

Scattering Over Water

Consider scattering your loved one's cremated remains in a favorite lake or river. You can either use a water-soluble urn or scatter directly into the water. This act allows them to rest in a tranquil setting that holds special meaning for your family. Remember to follow local, state, and federal regulations.

Endless Possibilities

We have more creative memorial ideas here, from sending ashes to space to turning ashes into a vinyl record.

Of course, ashes can be placed in a traditional cremation garden or columbarium but with a twist: choose from customized urns and pedestals with their favorite sport, hobby, or team. Choosing cremation does not limit the possibilities for memorialization. By thinking outside the box, you can create a meaningful tribute that truly captures the essence of your loved one's life. An Afterall provider can help you explore the traditional or unconventional ways available to honor someone special. Click here to find a location near you.