Whether you are having a memorial service before or after the actual cremation of your loved one, it’s important to consider how the remains will be handled after everyone has had an opportunity to pay their respects. There is always the option of traditionally keeping an urn on the fireplace mantel in memory of your loved one. Or, you can consider one of these honorable ways to put your loved one to rest when the time comes:
Create Memory Lockets
Creating memory lockets is an effective way to provide multiple family members with some of the remains for safe keeping. They can be easily made using these steps:
- Invest in silver or gold lockets that open on a hinge and that have space for a small photo on the front.
- Carefully fill each locket with a little of the cremated remains, close them, and seal the edges closed with superglue by rubbing the glue on with a cotton swab.
- Insert a picture of your loved on the front of the each locket, and then spray them with a clear sealant to protect the photo from wear throughout the years and to help ensure that the locket doesn’t accidentally open.
These keepsakes make it easy to keep the memories and stories of your loved one alive for many generations to come.
Take Part in Mini Memorials
Another special way to honor the memory of your loved one after the official cremation service is to hold mini memorials at each immediate family member’s home, or a special place of their preference. Each member of the family should receive a small urn with some of the remains inside for the memorial they’ll host.
As each family member hosts a memorial, they can take the opportunity to prepare a small speech and share some fond memories. After each memorial, the family who hosted can keep the urn for safekeeping or give the ashes to the earth.
Bury the Cremated Remains
Just like after a casket funeral, ashes can be buried after a cremation service at a place like American Cremation Society. A small plot where the ashes are buried gives all family members and friends access to them at any given time, as opposed to if they were being kept at someone’s home. A burial service isn’t necessary if a cremation service is being planned, but having both may be a solution for families who are split on the type of service to have in the first place.
With these three options in mind, you shouldn’t have a problem coming up with a solution that everyone in the family is happy with and that ultimately pays honor and respect to your loved one.