what to do with ashes: beautiful ideas that honor them

20 Beautiful Ideas for What to Do with Cremation Ashes

“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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Questions about Cremation

How Does Cremation Work? +35 Weird Questions About Cremation

Sometimes the questions we have (especially questions about the cremation process) can be a bit weird, but we still need to ask them.

Thankfully, we have the internet!

You probably have a bunch of odd, quirky questions about cremation, and that’s completely normal.

How does cremation work?

Do bodies sit up during cremation?

What happens to the teeth, internal organs, casket?

Do dead bodies scream during cremation?

Is there a smell?

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Is There Energy in Cremated Ashes? 

Well, is there?

It’s a common enough question — much more common than you think, actually. Many people wonder if there is energy in cremated ashes.

So if you find yourself looking for answers, just know that you aren’t alone. 

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Pet Cremation Costs: What to Expect & How to Save

Pet cremation is becoming the go-to choice when a beloved pet passes. After all, most pets are part of the family, and we want to treat them that way even in death.

As this service becomes more popular, it also becomes more affordable to the “average” person. Many funeral homes offer pet cremation, though they may not list it in their regular brochure. But you can rest assured your human loved one is never cremated in the same receptacle that your beloved pet is. Funeral homes actually outsource pet cremations to a third party.

Read on to learn more about cremating your pet and the ins and outs of making this decision.

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Using a Temporary Urn: Transferring Cremated Remains

You have your loved one’s cremated remains inside something called a “temporary urn.” What should you do?

Most likely you’ve never had the responsibility before of disposing a loved one’s cremated remains.

After all, this isn’t something you do every day.

You probably have questions. Specifically: What do you do with that temporary urn received from the funeral home?

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What Does the Bible Say About Cremation? (More Than You Think)

Does the Bible have anything to say about cremation?

If you are planning a funeral for a Christian, whether for yourself or someone else, one of the choices you will have to make is whether to bury or cremate the body.

What do Christians believe about cremation? Is it a sin to be cremated? What do the passages in the Old Testament about ceremonial uncleanness and burning bodies mean for Christians?

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