Ashes To Ashes, Dust To Diamonds? Eco-Friendly Options For Your Loved One's Cremated Remains

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Ashes To Ashes, Dust To Diamonds? Eco-Friendly Options For Your Loved One's Cremated Remains

17 August 2015
 Categories: Relationships & Family, Blog


Saying a final goodbye to a loved one is never easy, but the increased cost of a traditional funeral and burial can make the time even more traumatic. Considering cremation is a more affordable option, almost 50 percent of the deceased are cremated.  You may believe placing the cremated remains of your loved one in an urn to be impersonal, but there are many unique alternatives available. Using one of these eco-friendly options, you can skip the boring urn and place your loved one's ashes in a manner suited to their personality.

Jewelry

While surprising to hear, you can turn your loved one's ashes into a beautiful piece of jewelry that you can cherish for many years to come.

Companies can now heat your loved one's ashes to a consistency containing only carbon. An excessively high temperature turns the carbon into graphite before combining with a metal catalyst and crystal. Heating continues, resulting in the formation of a crystal.  Cutting and polishing are then necessary for mounting the diamond on a piece of jewelry.

Turning your loved one's remains into a diamond can cost between $5,000 and $22,000, but most people consider it a worthwhile, memorable investment.

Nature

If your loved one enjoyed nature, they may also enjoy having their ashes scattered in a favorite park or at the beach. However, certain parts of the world prohibit the scattering of cremated remains, so there are other alternatives. If you want your loved one's ashes to become one with nature, consider the following:

  • Grow a Tree – If your loved one enjoyed the forest or hiking in the woods, consider a tree pod for their remains. Many crematoriums offer this service, which combines your loved one's ashes with seeds and nutrients. This allows you to plant the tree in your own yard, ensuring you can have your loved one close to you and your family. As the tree grows, you can have a reminder of their memory.
  • Coral Reefs – If your deceased loved one was an environmentalist, they most likely know the impact coral reefs have on the marine world. Unfortunately, coral reefs are endangered, but the cremated remains of your loved one can help. Cremated remains can become part of a cement structure, placed on the ocean floor. This structure gives coral an additional surface to grow, increasing the total population of coral in the ocean.

You loved their unique spirit and personality, so consider using your loved one's cremated remains in a memorable, personalized manner. Using one of these eco-friendly options, your loved one's memory will live on forever. For more information about your options for dealing with cremains, contact a company like Ahlgrim & Sons Funeral And Cremation Services LTD.