20 Beautiful Ideas for What to Do with Cremation Ashes

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“When I die, just put me in a box in the attic.”

I answered the phones for a cremation urn company for over a decade, and heard this comment 3,127 times.

Ok, perhaps that’s a generous estimate. I heard it a lot. Or a similar variation: “Just toss my ashes in the ocean, in the backyard, in the river; just put my remains in a tin can, in a cardboard box…”

The thing is, everyone who said that was in the process of buying an exquisite urn to honor their loved one. So while most people live by the idea of simplicity, when they die their family members want to do something special to honor them.

After your loved one is cremated, you’ll receive their ashes from the funeral home in a simple plastic box… but then what?

There are three basic things you can do with cremated ashes:

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110 Tombstone Messages with Short, Beautiful Words for Gravestones

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When it comes to choosing tombstone messages for your loved one, the right words are everything, and I’m here to help you get it right before it is—to be a little on the nose—set in stone.

Some family members prefer religious texts or song lyrics on the headstone, while other epitaphs are more of the snarky type. Some messages are long and detailed, and some are short, beautiful words for gravestones.

Just keep this in mind: whatever short quotes you choose to have engraved on the grave marker will live on for years to come.

You know your loved one best, and what they would have wanted. After all, a tombstone is forever, and we’d all like to be remembered forever for something, right?

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How to Open an Urn

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There are several reasons why you may need to know how to open an urn.

Maybe your family is wanting to use a different urn for your loved one’s ashes. Or perhaps you are hoping to scatter the cremated remains, or share them among family members. Or maybe, you just want to know how to open an urn, just to know how!

Whatever the case may be, opening an urn is not as complicated as you may think, so let’s take a close look at how with a little help from my friends at Urns Northwest.

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30 Beautiful Sympathy Gift Ideas for Loss of Mother

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Today we’re talking about sympathy gift ideas for the loss of a mother.

When someone loses their mother, they have quite literally lost their first love. The one who gave them life. The first voice they ever heard. Maybe even the one who gave them a second chance at life.

To lose a parent is one of the greatest losses a person will ever face, and all of us have to face this realization at some point in our lives.

If you know someone who has recently had to say goodbye to their mom, you’re probably looking for a sympathy gift that is beautiful and will also bring this person a sense of peace and comfort.

Below, we’ve gathered a list featuring 30 sympathy gifts, each possessing both of those qualities. Let’s take a look together, and find the best sympathy gift to help your loved one through this next chapter of life.

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Flying with Ashes: Can You Take Ashes on a Plane?

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If you’re flying with a loved one’s cremated remains, there are many questions to address. Can you bring ashes on a plane in the first place?

Like most people, you’ve probably never boarded a plane with a cremation urn before. Naturally, you have a lot of questions regarding rules, airline regulations, and what TSA (Transportation Security Administration) will and will not allow.

As every airline is different, we’re going to equip you with a general (but very helpful!) guide to flying with cremated remains. We’ll also provide up-to-date information straight from the most popular airlines.

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30 Simple Things To Say When Someone Dies Unexpectedly

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Losing someone is hard. Losing a loved one out of the blue is even more difficult. Tragedy often occurs when we least expect it, and knowing what to say when someone dies unexpectedly can feel next to impossible.

Because what exactly do you say to a friend who is going through the most difficult time of their life? You certainly can’t ignore it or pretend it didn’t happen.

And what about you – what if you’re the one who lost someone? You’re shocked, grieving, and trying to make sense of it all. How do you encourage yourself through the hard times?

Let’s take a look at some helpful places to start.

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How to Write Messages for Condolences Email

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In this modern era, it’s good to know how to express sympathy in a condolences email.

Perhaps a close co-worker or your manager has experienced the recent loss of a loved one. Or maybe a team member you are only acquainted with has been out on bereavement leave, and you’d like to let them know you are thinking about them.

Whatever the case – and while it’s preferable to send a sympathy card – sometimes a sympathy email is the best (or only) option.

But how to say “sorry for your loss” professionally? Today we’ll take a look at how to go about writing (er, typing) a professional condolences email.

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50 Heartwarming Sympathy Messages for Loss of Pet

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Losing a furry (or scaley, feathered, or swimmy) member of the family can be heartbreaking. Finding comforting words for the loss of a pet can be tricky, as the loss of a beloved pet can be just as sad and emotional as losing a part of the family.

Whether have lived a long, happy life or were taken too soon, knowing what to say when your friend or family member loses that special companion can go a long way toward their healing. No matter the form it takes – in person, through social media, a text message, or in a sympathy card.

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13 Flowers That Mean Death & What They Symbolize

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Today we’re going to talk about which flowers represent the death of a loved one, as well as flowers that symbolize life, grief, mourning, and remembrance.

Flowers have a rich tradition of use at central life events. Whether congratulations for a birth or condolences at a funeral, flowers are always appropriate and convey a deep sense of importance and significance.

We asked Juan Palacio, CEO and founder of the popular flower subscription service BloomsyBox, about the symbolism and etiquette for funeral flowers.

Here is everything you need to know about the meanings of different types and colors of flowers, including flowers that represent death, peace, everlasting love, and much more.

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