For many people, death is a topic that can be unpleasant to discuss. While mourning the loss of a loved one is to be expected, many people find peace in the spreading of cremated remains.
If you are thinking of investing in cremation after your own passing, here are three creative things you can ask your family members to do with your ashes after your memorial service.
1. Bury your ashes in a memorable location.
While it's customary to bury the deceased in a cemetery, if the thought of your final resting place being in a cemetery plot isn't appealing then you can choose to have your ashes buried elsewhere. Since ashes are much easier to transport than an embalmed body, it will be feasible for your loved ones to bury your cremated remains in a memorable location.
Be sure that you request a biodegradable urn if you plan to have your ashes buried in the wilderness, and instruct your loved ones to dig a depository that is at least three feet deep to prevent erosion from exposing your final resting place.
2. Have your ashes incorporated into a portrait of yourself.
If you want to leave behind a tangible reminder of your life, then commissioning a portrait of yourself can be a great way to ensure your loved ones will never forget you. Once you have been cremated you can actually have your ashes mixed into the paint colors that will be used to create your portrait.
The paintings produced using ash-infused paints range in size, and can cost anywhere from $300 to $700. A painting created with your ashes is a simple way to ensure your presence lives on.
3. Turn your ashes into a plant.
If you want a more organic send-off after you depart this life, you might want to consider having your family members turn your ashes into a plant. In order to create a living memorial for your loved ones, the high pH and sodium levels found in cremated remains must be reduced.
You can find companies who are willing to provide this service for a nominal fee. Once the houseplant, tree, or garden plant becomes nourished by your chemically altered remains, the plant will serve as a symbolic memorial for your loved ones.
Death doesn't have to be traditional. Thanks to advancements in the funeral industry, there are many options available when it comes to dealing with cremated remains. Consider burial in a memorable location, commissioning a portrait made from ash-infused paint, or growing a plant from your ashes if you want a creative way to spread your ashes in the future. Click here for more information on cremation services.