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The percentage of services (and non-services) involving cremated remains continue to rise. Questions about what to do with the cremated remains is also becoming more frequent since the beginning of COVID-19

Of course, burial in a cemetery is always an option. Depending on the cemetery requirements, you may need to purchase an urn vault, but not every cemetery needs it. Burial is the same as a casket, but smaller, and typically not as deep.

Scattering the remains is also an option, as some people wish to be at their favorite place, such as the woods or at the beach. There are restrictions with this option. A good rule of thumb is make sure you have permission from the land owner before scattering. Public places are typically frowned upon.

Burial at sea is an option too. The cremated remains can be scattered from a boat or plane but must be at least three nautical miles from land. If the urn is “buried” at sea, a biodegradable urn must be used.

A newer option that is becoming more popular is the biodegradable urn that can be planted in your yard and grows into a tree. A tree seed or sapling is at the top of the urn and the cremated remains are at the bottom. Bury the urn in your yard and over time the seed or sapling will take root and create a living memorial.

Keepsakes are popular too. Necklaces with pendants holding cremated remains can be chosen, glass art infused with cremated remains or transforming a small amount of cremated remains into a diamond is a truly unique option.

The obvious option is keeping the urn. Placing the urn on a mantle or in a favorite room can be a healing option by allowing your loved one to be close to you at home.

No matter what your decision, we recommend considering a monument for your loved one. The option to go to a specific place and grieve is a powerful vehicle in aiding in your healing. Experience has taught us this.

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