Philipp Heindl
B: 1928-07-04
D: 2015-04-22
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Heindl, Philipp


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Unique Memorial Ideas for Cremation Ashes

As cremation rates rise, new options and unique ideas for what to do with cremated ashes emerge as well. Many traditional options are available, but many new and unique options are now emerging as well.  If you or your loved one has chosen to be cremated, you’ll also want to consider what will be done with the cremation ashes. We are happy to provide this page to give you ideas as our service arranges the cremation only.

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Traditional Cremation Ashes Ideas

Ash Scattering

Ash Scattering has long been a very popular option for what to do with cremated remains. In itself, the scattering of ashes provides a multitude of options. Ashes can be scattered in a ceremony or in a private setting; in a designated scattering garden; in a place, or places, that are meaningful. We have provided information on ash scattering ceremony ideas on our page Planning an Ash Scattering & Ash Scattering Ceremony to assist you in your decision on how and where to scatter ashes in Ontario.

Inurnment or Burial

For those that still wish to have a place to visit their loved one, burial or inurnment is a good option as it provides a permanent memorial. For Catholics, the Vatican states that ashes “must be laid to rest in a sacred place. . . in a cemetery. . . in a church or an area, which has been set aside of this purpose.” Urns can be buried in cemeteries, often at a much lower cost than a traditional burial plot. Columbariums and Niche Walls house urns of cremated remains in small wall spaces, called niches. Both options provide a permanent memorial, similar to that of a traditional headstone.

Keep them at Home

If you prefer to keep your loved one close by, you can keep their ashes in your home. Many urn options are available ranging from simple wooden boxes to beautiful pieces of art that can be displayed in the home. For families that have many people who would like to keep their loved one with them at home, ashes can be split until multiple, smaller keepsake urns.

Memorial Jewelery

Many options are available for memorial jewellery, which allow a very small portion of cremated remains to be housed in traditional jewellery items such as necklaces, rings, bracelets and lockets. Some jewelry has a compartment to store ashes, whereas other options have the ashes mixed into the materials that make up the jewelry. Because memorial jewelry uses such a small amount of ashes, typically only a tiny portion, it is often combined with another option.

Environmentally Friendly Options

Planted as a Tree of Flower

A living urn combines cremated remains along with a seedling, flowers or plants in a special, bio-degradable urn container. The entire urn can be planted in the spot of your choosing where it can grow and flourish.

Undersea Reef

If your loved one was fond of the ocean, their ashes can be turned into a personalized, concrete reef, providing a habitat for ocean critters and a structure on which an undersea habitat will grow. This permanent, living memorial has many positive environmental benefits.  Eternal Reefs has memorial reef projects available off the coast of Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey, Maryland and Texas.

Unique Options

Create a Work of Art

There are several ways that ashes can be used to create art. Cremains can be mixed with paint to be used for traditional wall art. Blown glass mixed with cremation ashes can create a vase, bowl, or paperweight that also is a beautiful and unique work of art. 

Have them pressed into a Diamond

If you fancy a sparkly option, several companies offer the option to turn cremated ashes into diamonds in your choice of cut, colour, clarity and carat size. Diamonds can be set into a variety of jewelry options, allowing you to keep your loved one close by at all times.

Turn them into a Tattoo

Dedication tattoos have been a popular option for memorializing a loved one, and now a new option, Cremation Tattooing has emerged. Through this process, cremation ashes are sterilized and finely milled. A small amount is mixed into ink, which is used for the memorial tattoo.

For more information, or if you have any questions, our team of trained professions is available for assistance. We would be happy to discuss and brainstorm ideas with you to create a personalized memorial service or ash scattering ceremony. Please contact us with any question, or, if your need is immediate, please phone us at COMPANY_PHONE.

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