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8 Unique Ways to Handle a Loved One’s Ashes

Published: September 19, 2022
by John L. Ziegenhein and Sons Funeral Home

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There are countless ways to honor a loved one after cremation. It’s one of the many advantages of the disposition method offered by funeral homes in Arnold, MO.

Unlike burial, where you’re primarily limited to a cemetery, there are different options for the final resting place.

If you’re looking for a unique, memorable way to handle your loved one’s ashes, here are some ideas:

1. Display the urn in a memorial garden

Consider creating a memorial garden with the ashes buried underneath it. This is especially perfect for a family home. You can add a memorial bench with the name and a quote that best describes the deceased.

2. Make an urn out of something meaningful to your loved one

A simple yet unique option for displaying your loved one’s ashes is to make an urn out of something meaningful to them. It could be a piece of jewelry or clothing they liked wearing when they were alive.

3. Use the ashes as a part of an art piece

Another way is by using their ashes as a part of your art piece. You can do this by using some of their ashes in clay, drawing on them as paint, or even using it to write something meaningful on paper or fabric.

4. Get a Tattoo

Take a portion of the ashes and have the tattoo artist mix them with the body ink. This way, your loved one will permanently be part of you.

Of course, tattoos are common ways to memorialize a loved one, but mixing the ink with the ashes makes it unique.

5. Plant the ashes in a tree

You can plant your loved one’s ashes in your backyard or somewhere your loved one enjoyed spending their time. Mix the ashes with soil and the seed in a biodegradable urn and place it in the ground.

6. Convert into diamond

By pressing the ashes into a diamond, you can attach it to jewelry and create a family heirloom to pass from generation to generation. The diamond can be attached to anything from a pendant to a bracelet, necklace, or ring.

Businesses like Eterneva help with this, allowing you to create a tangible memorial that lasts for years.

7. Make snow globes

Create a snow globe using your loved one’s ashes and place it on your mantle or shelf as a reminder of them always being with you. A local craft store will have all the supplies needed to make this beautiful memory piece.

8. Create a vinyl record

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You can create a vinyl record with their ashes. The ashes will be mixed with the vinyl and pressed into a playable record. The record’s content can be a voice recording of your loved one or a playlist of their favorite music. Or anything you’d like to listen to when you reflect on their life and memory.

And if none of these appeals to you and you can’t find a better idea, it’s okay to keep the ashes in an urn until you do. Feel free to take your time until you find the best fit.

We are also here to help. Contact us if you have additional questions about handling your loved one’s ashes or need a funeral home in Arnold, MO, for cremation services. Our staff is available any day and anytime. Call us now for immediate assistance.

John L. Ziegenhein and Sons Funeral Homes South County Chapel
4830 Lemay Ferry Rd
| Saint Louis, MO 63129
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| Saint Louis, MO 63116
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