What Do I Do With The Ashes After Cremation?

By: Northwood Funeral Home
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

When a loved one passes, you have the option to organize either a burial, entombment,  or cremation. If you opt for cremation, after the cremation takes place you will be given the cremated remains in a cremation urn provided by the crematorium. You can also choose to purchase an urn from the funeral home or use a suitable container of your choice.  Many people who are not aware of what is involved in cremation are unsure about what they should do with the cremated remains once they are returned to their care. 

Different Options After Cremation

Here is some information from Northwood Funeral Home, regarding what you can do with cremated remains. 

  • Many people prefer to take the cremated remains home with them and place them in a prominent location in a room. You can put them on a fireplace mantel, a shelf in the living room, or even on an end table. If you feel that you do not want to display the urn in a common space, you can keep it in a bedroom or any other area like a home office.
  • You can also place the cremated remains in a columbarium. This is a wall, structure, or building with sections or niches to place the urn permanently. Columbariums are generally located at cemeteries or church properties. There would also be an engraved plaque that mentions details about the decedent.
  • Some people prefer to have the cremated remains buried at the cemetery. There are many different options, such as; having the urn buried over a previously existing grave of another family member, purchasing a whole grave where multiple urns can later be placed or purchasing a single or double grave in the urn garden. 
  • The cremated remains can also be scattered in a special or meaningful place. 

If you have any questions about what to do with cremated remains that you may already have, please call Northwood Funeral Home. Speak with our knowledgeable and helpful team; they will provide you with the information you need.

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