Memorial Options For Cremation Remains

If you have decided to have your body cremated after death, then you can decide what will happen with your ashes afterward. If you do not want your loved ones to keep your ashes in the home, then you have some other choices to think about. Find out about a few of the more common ones.

Columbarium Memorial

There are a few different types of memorials that can be chosen for the public storing of remains. When it comes to a full casket, this is referred to as a mausoleum. When cremated remains are displayed for viewing, this is called a columbarium. This type of viewing area allows for the storage of dozens of urns within a wall. One set of cremains is placed in each wall opening and a small plaque will label the cremains with your name. 

The memorial wall may also have slots for small doors so that remains are set within a closed compartment. This is an option if you want a larger plaque set in front of the cremains. This way, you can choose to display additional information about yourself, much in the same way that you would on a gravestone.

Columbarium memorials do come with vases and holders for the placement of flowers and pictures. The area also will have numerous benches and other seating areas so that loved ones can visit and pay their respects. 

Scattering or Community Garden

If you want to return to nature, but still want a space where your family can visit you, then think about a scattering garden. This is where your cremated remains, as well as the remains of other individuals, are scattered across and open space. The space is set up as a garden where flowers and trees are planted. In this way, the plants can absorb the nutrients from your remains to grow large and strong.

Like the columbarium, the garden has seating areas so that visitors can attend your final resting space. And, memorials are often included that feature the engraved names of individuals who have had their ashes spread in the garden. 

Oftentimes, the scattering garden is located close to or next to a crematorium or cemetery and you can visit the garden before you decide on whether or not you want your ashes spread in the space. 

If you want to know more about final resting spaces, ash spreading, and cremation services, speak with a funeral director.