Special things you can do with the ashes of a beloved one
After cremation, there are several ways to store or scatter the ashes. Some people like to keep (part of) the ashes at home in a nice urn or in a special place. Others prefer to have the ashes scattered in the cemetery (scatter meadow or scatter forest), buried in an urn field or placed in a columbarium in the cemetery. But there are also other things that you can do with a loved one’s ashes.
Scatter the ashes at sea
In most countries it is illegal to freely disperse the ashes of a deceased person in the sea. What is allowed is the use of a biodegradable urn. After launching it, it fills with seawater and gently sinks to the bottom. There it breaks down after some time and the ash mixes with the seawater. There are various companies that offer this service.
An organic choice
You can store the ashes of the deceased in a biodegradable urn for a minimal ecological footprint. After closing, the urn is buried in the ground. The urn is made of fertile clay, which makes it very easy to grow a shrub or a tree on top of the urn, if you so wish.
An ash jewel
After the loss of your loved one, it can often be a comforting thought to be able to carry that person with you at all times. This is possible with ash jewellery. These ash jewels contain a small hollow space in which you can place a symbolic amount of ash. The possibilities are endless, for example pendants, bracelets, rings and necklaces.
A diamond is forever
You can have the ashes of the deceased worked into a beautiful diamond as a souvenir. This can then, in turn, be put on to a pendant or ring. The carat and colour depend on your own wishes. Various companies in Belgium and the Netherlands offer this service.
The last journey
The company Celestis in Texas (USA) offers space flights where you can have the ashes of your loved one scattered in space. Celestis has been doing space funerals – or memorial flights, as they call them – since the 1990s. The ashes are put into orbit by a rocket, where they remain until they return to the atmosphere, evaporating like a shooting star in final tribute.