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What To Do With Cremated Remains June 8, 2023


Today, there are more options for what to do with cremated remains. Referred to as ash cremains or even ashes, this is what is left following the process of cremation.

Before we get into the specifics of the options available, there are two critical matters to settle when getting cremated. If possible, first, all close family members should agree on cremation. Secondly, the family should come to an agreement on the final disposition of the cremains. This is one of the reasons preplanning can be so valuable. When there is no doubt about the wishes of the deceased, it can make the planning process so much easier.

That being said, here are some of the options for what to do with cremated remains.

Traditional Methods

These include burial, placement in a mausoleum, or placement in a more traditional urn. Urn choices have increased dramatically, with contemporary, custom, and personalized urns available that can even be displayed on a bookshelf or desk.


The scattering of ashes has become so common, many consider it a more traditional form of disposal. Ashes have been disposed of over water, in parks, on trails, and in favored locations visited by the deceased when alive. It is important that if there is a desire to have ashes disposed of on private property, permission of the owner is sought. You’ll also want to look into any regulations in the local municipality.

Environmentally Friendly Choices

Growing in popularity, environmentally friendly options for the disposal of cremains are growing. These range from burial in a biodegradable organic urn to planting a tree. Earth-friendly options are a noble choice.

Jewelry and Keepsakes

A more recent trend is having a small amount of cremains used in the creation of diamonds and other jewelry. Tasteful, respectful designs can be made for each close family member, should it be desired. Rings, necklaces, earrings, cufflinks, and more can be crafted using ashes.

Unique, Non-Traditional Choices

In search of something more unique? Today’s choices are almost endless. You can have cremains used as part of a coral reef or underwater memorial. Ashes can be sent into space or used in the manufacturing of fireworks. Ashes can be used to make ink for creating a memorial tattoo. These options are only limited by imagination and budget.

If you are considering preplanning for your own funeral, the more choices you can make for your loved ones, the better. It can help remove doubt and promote harmony. We are here to help. Contact us to discuss your plans. At the Northern Kentucky Cremation Society, we have been serving local families for generations. We would be honored to serve you.

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