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The Cremation Process: How Does Cremation Work?

The Cremation Process

So, how does cremation work? What’s the cremation process like?

Whether you are researching for end-of-life planning, preparing for a career in the funeral industry, or are simply curious, you want to learn about the cremation process.

Today we’ll answer these questions and more.

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How long after death can ashes be used to grow a tree?

Do cremated ashes expire for planting as a tree?

From our Reader Mailbag, a question about our Memorial Tree Urns. These are cremation urns that hold a small amount of cremated remains (a.k.a. “ashes). The urn is then “planted” in the ground, and a tree grows from the included seeds, incorporating the remains into the tree.

The proprietary composition of the urn helps the ashes actually aid in the growth of the tree. This keen reader had a question about the use of the cremated remains themselves, and whether or not they expire.

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Memorial Tree Urns: Plant a Tree from a Loved One’s Remains

Grow ashes into a tree

In this article, we’re going to introduce you to Memorial Tree Urns, a beautiful way to plant a tree from a loved one’s remains or “ashes.”

When a loved one passes, it’s natural to want a unique way to cherish your beloved one’s memory, life, and personality.

With our Memorial Tree Urns, we have a simple, beautiful, and life-celebrating way for you to create a lasting memorial to your loved one while caring for the environment around you.

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15 Memorial Ideas Made From Cremated Ashes

Memorial ideas made out of cremated remains

A memorial made from cremated ashes is simply the ultimate way to keep your loved one close to your heart. Here are 15 creative and unique memorial ideas made using actual cremated remains. These include decorative accents, jewelry, and even trees.

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February 2017 Funeral Links

Resources for the Funeral Industry

Here is the February 2017 funeral links collection. In this monthly resource, you’ll find embalming alternatives that get away from nasty formaldehyde, a photo gallery of inlay cremation urns, The Sad Book, meditative prose from a man who lost his spouse and is wondering what to do with her remains, and much more. Continue reading February 2017 Funeral Links

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Saying Goodbye: Scattering the Ashes of a Loved One

Scattering Ashes and Grief

Scattering Ashes & Saying Goodbye

There is nothing more painful in this life than the loss of a loved one. Grief never truly ends. It changes. It tempers with time. But the one who has gone on can never be replaced, and that knowledge cuts like a knife, whether you said goodbye to your loved one yesterday or thirty years ago.

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What do I do with cremated ashes?

Cremation FAQ

The question, “What do I do with cremated ashes?” is the subject of one of our most popular and somewhat bizarre posts: 27 Things to Do with Cremated Remains. That list includes all manner of unique ways people have scattered or stored cremated ashes, from shooting them off in fireworks to turning them into a portrait oil painting.

But most people who ask this question want to know realistic and practical options for what to do with the ashes after a loved one is cremated. Here is a brief guide which informs you of your options and may give you a hand in making the decision. Continue reading What do I do with cremated ashes?

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Estimating Cubic Inches for Cremated Remains

Cubic inches for cremation urns

The simplest and safest way to estimate how many cubic inches of space you will need is to take the weight of the individual and convert it directly into cubic inches. So a 150 lbs individual will generally require about 150 cubic inches of space inside the cremation urn. The industry standard size for a single adult urn is around 200 cubic inches, which will generally hold any individual who weighed 200 lbs or under. Continue reading Estimating Cubic Inches for Cremated Remains

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What is a Sharing Keepsake Urn?

Sharing Keepsake Urns

A keepsake urn is a small urn which holds a tiny amount of cremated remains, usually between 1-50 cubic inches depending on the design of the keepsake. This is just a small portion of the cremated remains, as the average amount of ashes from an adult cremation is just under 200 cubic inches.

A small keepsake urn next to a standard adult urn
The larger urn in the back will hold 200 cubic inches of remains, while the “sharing keepsake urn” in the foreground holds just 1 cubic inch of ashes in a tiny hidden compartment.

Sharing keepsake urns are used for a variety of purposes, usually to keep a small portion of remains as a memento when your loved one’s ashes are buried or kept in a funeral niche. Many of our keepsakes are smaller versions of a standard sized urn for this very reason, allowing you to have a nearly identical memorial close to you while the urn is stored in a columbarium or buried in a cemetery.
These small urns are also sometimes known as “sharing keepsakes” because several relatives may wish to each keep a small portion of remains, or because an individual’s remains may be entirely divided up between several loved ones. If dividing the ashes, you’ll probably want to look for an urn that holds between 20 and 50 cubic inches, depending on how many family members are sharing. If you would just like a small portion as a memento, there are many options such as the keepsake urns mentioned below, cremation jewelry, mini scattering tubes and pods, and even custom made jewelry with the remains mixed into the glass beads.

Below is a video demonstration of a small sharing keepsake urn, showing how the keepsake urn is opened and filled. These small sharing keepsake urns hold just 1 cubic inch of remains in the back compartment, and feature gorgeous wood art scenes that match our standard sized line of 3 dimensional wood art urns.

We offer a variety of sharing keepsake urns, and many of our standard sized adult memorials can be made in keepsake size upon request. Here are a few of our favorites:

Small acorn wood urns

Hand turned mini wood acorn urns, which match these gorgeous hand turned urns.

Tealight Brass Cremation Urn in Pearl White

This small brass cremation urn doubles as a tealight, and matches the Pearl Simplicity Brass Cremation Urn.

Bicycle Road Home Wood Cremation Urn

The classic Road Home memorial design now can be made with this Bicycle scene, available in full standard adult and small sharing keepsake urn sizes, available here.

Wood Keepsake Urn with Photo Album

The case for the rosewood photo album is actually a small sharing keepsake urn. This gorgeous wooden memorial will match any of our Piano Wood Finish Cremation Urns from Burlini Studios.

Shop all sharing keepsake urns here.