Cremation Options: Boxes, Urns, Jewelry and More
We don’t like to talk about it but have you thought about what will happen to your body when you die? Cremation has become a popular choice for many for purely economical reasons. But then what? Let’s talk about the many options cremation has to offer.
There are three things that every human on earth is guaranteed to experience. They are:
- Being born
We don’t mind talking about the first two but no one wants to talk about death. Oddly, death is the one (out of the three) that we have a little control over. We may not have control over how or when we die always but we do have control over what happens to our body afterwards. Most of us will be buried in the ground with a stone marking our time here on earth. Some will opt for a place in an above ground mausoleum. Today, increasing numbers are choosing cremation as a more economical option. Do you know what will happen to your ashes? Have you thought about it?
Cremation has become a lucrative business and entrepreneurs are becoming increasingly creative with personalized options for containing or preserving the ashes produced by cremation. Throughout time, cremation remains were placed in a traditional urn. The urn would take its place on the mantel of a loved one of the deceased. Today, that tradition has changed. Not everyone has a mantel and, it’s not always easy to decide which family member will become the keeper of the urn. Today, we have many options that will meet the needs of every one involved. .
As we look at all the many options available after cremation, keep in mind that you are reading this so you’re still here. This is your chance to decide, to take control, of your final resting place. You can decide whether you want to be:
- scattered to the wind
- sprinkled in the ocean
- stuck in a box
- displayed in an expensive piece of marble
- hung around your ex-husband’s (or wife’s) neck
You can even become a clock, sundial, wind chime or yes, a tree. It’s up to you. The possibilities are endless.
If you’re not concerned about money and have some to throw away, you can be cremated and still be buried in a casket. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me but hey, to each his own. Spend it while you’ve got or to keep someone else from spending it for you. Funeral homes are dieing (no pun intended) to get your money so choose a nice one. Caskets come in every price range from a cardboard casket or pine box to an elaborately decorated solid bronze one. Pick your price range. A pine box will cost you a few hundred dollars but a solid bronze one could cost you $10,000. If money is really tight or you’re concerned about appearances, some funeral homes will rent you a casket for a reduced cost.
If you prefer a more traditional container, a cremation box should suffice. A wooden cremation box might be made of oak, cherry, mahogany, pine, or even bamboo. You might even choose a box made of mixed woods. Some are very decorative and some are plain. Today, boxes come in every shape and size. There are marble boxes, brass boxes, bio-degradable boxes, and for the frugal, cardboard boxes. If you’re one of the lucky ones who have celebrated decades in a loving relationship, there are also companion boxes that enable you to share your final resting place with your life-partner.
A box can be personalized to serve dual purposes. There are jewelry boxes, keepsake boxes, and even boxes with a chess board on the top. Who wouldn’t want a chess board of inlaid marble resting over their ashes?
A box can be adorned with a brass commerative plaque, a recessed clock, your photo, or even the symbol of whatever branch of the military you were affiliated with. If you’re willing to dream it, and can afford it, it can be a part of your final resting place. A box is viable alternative to a casket for most folks. The cost of a box will run you between $150-$1500
An urn is defined as “A large or decorative vase, especially one with an ornamental foot or pedestal” by Dictionary.com. Urns, like boxes, come in a wide array of shapes and can be made of wood, porcelain, marble, metal, or bio-degradable materials. Urns come in many sizes, shapes, and colors.
An urn can be chosen to compliment the décor in your home or you can select one that just appeals to your personal style. Many are so ornate that no one will know what's inside unless you want them to. Urns look lovely sitting on a table, a mantel, or even a bookshelf. .
Urns are available to meet every budget. You can keep it simple and spend less than $100 or shoot the moon and spend thousands. It's up to you.
Choose your Jewelry
- Cremation Jewelry - Ash Jewelry Keepsakes & Memorial Jewelry
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Become a diamond
Pendants, lapel pins, rings, or earrings can all can keep your remains close to your loved one’s heart. Your cremated remains can even be turned into a beautiful stone that can be mounted in a ring, earrings, or a pendant. You choose the color and shape of the stone and the mounting too. Haven’t you dreamed of being a shiny diamond hanging around your daughter’s lovely neck or a ruby ring worn on your son’s hand? It’s possible. You can be whatever you want to be and the costs will vary. .
Go Green: Become A Tree
- The Spíritree
The Spíritree offers a poetic life-from-death metaphor as a celebration of the loved one’s memory, transforming the funeral rite from one of sadness into one of hope, all while promoting environmental restoration and awareness.
Yes, you read it right. I said "trees". I’ve saved the best for last. Did you know you can be repurposed and become a tree after you die? It’s true and, you get to pick the kind of tree you will become. Your ashes will be converted to a bio-degradable container that holds the sapling tree. Your loved ones can plant you and celebrate your life for years to come as your sapling grows into a mature part of nature.
Read more about biodegradable urns from Mary.
- A Biodegradable Urn That Can Turn You Into A Tree After Cremation.
This is a revolutionary concept on how to recycle our cremains in a biodegradable urn after death by becoming a selected tree. You may choose Oak, Pine or Maple.
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Cremation as an alternative to burial
As an amateur genealogist, I have relied on grave markers for much of my research. I have surveyed cemeteries, collecting the names and dates on each and every stone. For years I cringed when I heard so many of my friends and family choosing cremation over burial. I thought of the loss of those grave markers as a resource for others who are documenting their family histories. Where would they turn to find the data I have been blessed to find lying quietly in some rural family cemetery?
While thinking about it, I suddenly realized that there are always alternatives. If you can rent a casket, you can also put a marker in a cemetery without putting a body beneath it. Public records are also becoming more readily available through the internet and coming soon to DMV offices across America is the availability of marriage and death certificates. Yes, we are living in a changing world and for everything we lose; it is just as likely that we are gaining new tools and options. We can resist the change or embrace it.
I’ve always known that I didn’t want to be buried under a mound of dirt. I had planned to be cremated and had asked my family to scatter my ashes in my favorite place in the mountains here in Central Virginia. But now, with all the new options available to me, I have changed my mind. I don’t want to be in a box or an urn. I don’t want to hang around someone’s neck as a shiny stone. No, I have decided to be a tree; a weeping willow tree. And I hope that the day will come when someone will take solace in lying underneath my long flowing branches while dreaming dreams that seem impossible. I hope they will hear me whisper – “nothing is impossible”. I am the proof. I am a tree.