8 Things You Can Do With Cremation Ashes
As more people choose cremation for their loved ones (nearly 90 percent of Northwest residents are expected to opt for cremation by 2030), new markets are popping up with creative options for their “ashes.”
A side note: cremated remains, sometimes called “cremains,” are commonly referred to as ashes, but actually, the remains are fragments left behind after cremation. We use the terms interchangeably in this post.
From space travel to tattoos, there are dozens of choices for those who are seeking alternative options for their loved one’s remains.
Here are just some of the most interesting things you can do with cremated remains that we’ve found online:
- Glass art, jewelry and suncatchers
- Turn into diamonds
- Buy a self-watering tree urn
- Create a memorial fireworks display
- Make a tattoo with remains mixed with ink
- Send into space
- Turn into a coral reef
- Put into a vinyl record
This list is by no means exhaustive but should give you a sense of the many ways people are remembering those who have passed away in interesting and creative ways.
However, you choose to use your loved one’s ashes after cremation, remember to do your due diligence and investigate the company you are working with by checking reviews, asking friends and family, and using organizations like the Better Business Bureau.
Of course, if you want a less expensive and more traditional path, you can also keep the remains in an urn or receptacle of your choosing at home or scatter in a place that is meaningful to you. In Oregon and Washington, there are no state laws banning their scattering, but in some cases, you’ll want to check with either the landowner or an appropriate governmental agency. Scattering at sea must be done three miles from shore. Learn more about where to scatter on the West Coast.
There are as many ways to remember someone as there are people to remember, so just find the option that works for you and your family.
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