10 Ways to Care for Cremated Ashes
Cremation is becoming an increasingly popular choice for final arrangements, with about half of all Americans now opting for cremation over burial. Cremation offers a number of benefits, including lower costs, greater flexibility, and the ability to keep a loved one close by in an urn. If you have chosen cremation for a loved one, you may be wondering how best to care for their ashes. Here are 10 ways to ensure that your loved one's ashes are cared for with the utmost respect and dignity.
- Choose the right urn
The first step in caring for cremated ashes is to choose the right urn. Urns come in a variety of materials, such as metal, wood, ceramic, and biodegradable materials like paper and salt. Choose an urn that is appropriate for the intended use and environment, as well as one that reflects the personality and style of your loved one.
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- Keep the urn in a safe place
Once you have chosen an urn, it's important to keep it in a safe place. This may be in your home, a columbarium, or a cemetery niche. Make sure that the location is secure and protected from damage and theft. If you choose to keep the urn in your home, consider placing it in a dedicated space or on a special shelf.
- Consider purchasing a display case
If you want to display the urn, consider purchasing a display case. A display case not only protects the urn from damage but also allows you to showcase it in a way that honors your loved one's memory. At Trupoint Memorials, we offer a variety of display cases to choose from, including glass and wood options.
- Avoid direct sunlight and extreme temperatures
Cremated ashes should be kept in a location that avoids direct sunlight and extreme temperatures. Direct sunlight can cause fading or discoloration of the urn, while extreme temperatures can cause cracking or warping. Keep the urn in a cool, dry location away from heat sources and direct sunlight.
- Avoid placing the urn near moisture
Cremated ashes should also be kept away from moisture. Exposure to moisture can cause damage to the urn, as well as the ashes themselves. Make sure that the location where the urn is kept is free from any moisture or humidity.
- Keep the urn clean
To keep the urn in good condition, it's important to keep it clean. Use a soft cloth or feather duster to gently wipe away any dust or debris that may accumulate on the urn. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials, as they can damage the urn's finish.
- Consider purchasing a cremation jewelry piece
Another way to keep your loved one close is by wearing a piece of cremation jewelry. Cremation jewelry is a small, wearable urn that holds a small amount of ashes. This allows you to keep a part of your loved one with you at all times. At Trupoint Memorials, we offer a variety of cremation jewelry pieces, including necklaces, bracelets, and rings.
- Create a memorial garden
If you want to create a beautiful memorial space for your loved one, consider creating a memorial garden. A memorial garden can be a peaceful and comforting space to reflect on your loved one's memory.
- Consider scattering the ashes
If you wish to scatter your loved one's ashes, there are several options to consider. You can scatter the ashes on private or public land with permission, or in a location that held special significance to your loved one. Alternatively, you can scatter the ashes at sea or in a designated scattering garden. Whatever you choose, be sure to follow any local laws or regulations and handle the ashes with care and respect.
- Seek professional assistance if needed
Caring for cremated ashes can be an emotional and overwhelming task. If you feel that you need additional support or assistance, don't hesitate to seek professional help. Funeral directors, grief counselors, and support groups can offer guidance and support during this difficult time.
At Trupoint Memorials, we understand the importance of caring for cremated ashes with respect and dignity. We offer a wide selection of high-quality urns and cremation jewelry, as well as personalized customer service to help you find the perfect memorial option for your loved one. Visit our website to learn more and to browse our full selection of products.
In conclusion, caring for cremated ashes is a personal and meaningful task that requires careful consideration and attention. By choosing the right urn, keeping it in a safe and secure location, and following proper care and maintenance techniques, you can ensure that your loved one's memory is honored and preserved for years to come.