What to do with a Loved One’s Ashes

After cremation, many people aren’t sure how to honour the deceased but there are a few ways that may help commemorate them in ways that are sensitive to their grieving family and friends.

Our expert funeral directors at Newhaven Funerals can help advise you on what to do with the ashes after a cremation in Brisbane.

Scatter Them

Is there a location that holds a special place in your heart or somewhere you shared memories with the deceased?

Take your loved one’s ashes and respectfully scatter them while remembering the good times you had there. Always ask for permission where necessary then spend the time to celebrate their memory.

Be sure to stand upwind though, the special moment can be tainted by a strong gust sending the ashes back in your direction.

Keeping Them at Home

With the right, tasteful urn, keeping your loved one’s ashes at home might be the best place for them and you. If you want to remember them and still feel they are with you in your everyday life, maybe pride of place on the mantel or safe and secure in your bedroom might give you the comfort you felt when they were still around.

Bury or Inter Them

If your religion, such as Catholic, states that remains should be kept on holy ground, your only option is to inter them in a cemetery or columbarium.

This gives you peace of mind that your loved one passes over in the right way and provides a place to visit them and pay respects. Cremations in Brisbane usually take this into account and can help you find the right place to inter your loved one’s ashes.

Plant Them

See your loved one complete the circle of life by becoming part of a new and long-lasting tree or flower bush. Biodegradable urns can be planted at the base of a tree sapling or incorporated into the growth of a new seed.

You can plant the urn almost anywhere that has sentimental value to your family and the thriving plant that comes from the burial site will be a reminder for generations to come.

Become Part of a Reef

If your loved one had an affinity for the ocean, what better way to commemorate their life than by helping their remains create a new life cycle.

There are companies that will add their remains to a concrete dome that is specially designed to help sea life take hold and create a thriving ecosystem. Or simply bury the urn at sea to take the hassle out of moulding the ashes into concrete.

Your urn will still be able to grab hold of passing corals and sea creatures, carrying on the cycle of life.

Wear Them

If you can’t be without the departed, there are options to add ashes to jewellery, blown glass or pendants, which can be worn as necklaces or bracelets.

Keep your loved ones with you wherever you go.

If you are looking for considerate cremations in Brisbane, visit our Cremation or Burial page to find out the right option for you and your loved one.