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Last revised: April 19, 2018

What to Do with Cremains

The process of cremation leaves behind ashes, called cremains, that can then be used in a tribute to the deceased loved one.

When someone dies, there are two options for lovingly dealing with their body: burial and cremation. While burial has been the most common method across cultures for thousands of years (one of the earliest known burials occurred in 24,000 B.C.), the rate of cremation is growing. In 2015, it reached 48 percent and at the current rate is expected to rise to more than 54 percent in the next few years.

Cremation is the process of burning a person’s body through the use of extreme heat (typically greater than 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit). Any metal pieces (such as the screws from the coffin) are then removed, and the ashes are ground down into fine dust. The resulting cremains are then returned to the family.

According to Slate, part of the growing popularity of cremation is the fact that it gives families more choices when deciding how to honor their deceased loved one. While the cremains are often placed in a beautiful urn and then buried or kept in a place of honor, not everyone prefers these options. They want to do something more tangible to honor the life of their loved one.

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There are many options when deciding what to do with cremains, from keeping them in an urn to scattering them, to turning them into a beautiful memorial.

urn with cremains

Fortunately, cremains offer many options to help remember the deceased loved one. One of the most well-known and most common things people do with cremains is to scatter them.

Cremains can be scattered almost anywhere. They can also be scattered all at once or in several different places. Tré Miller Rodríguez from Modern Loss, writes that one woman scattered her husband’s ashes around the globe. Usually, they are spread in a place (or places) that is particularly beautiful or significant to the deceased person. For example, a mountain climber’s ashes might be scattered on one of his or her favorite mountains, while a widower might scatter his wife’s ashes at the site of their honeymoon.  

One can also choose to keep the cremains in an urn. Thanks to the popularity of this choice, and the necessity of using an urn if the cremains are to be buried, there are many types of urns available. Often, the urn is kept in a place of honor in the home. At other times, both the urn and the cremains it contains, are buried.

Keeping, burying or scattering cremains does not appeal to everyone. Some people choose to deal with the cremains in a unique manner. For instance, Gene Roddenberry’s ashes were shot into space. Others have had their ashes sealed in resin.

Some on the other hand, may wish to keep their loved one close in a more tangible way. These people choose to turn their loved one’s cremains into a beautiful memorial. For example, some people have some of their loved one’s ashes tattooed on their bodies as a permanent reminder of the place the loved one held in their life. This procedure requires the cremains to be ground finely enough to mix with the tattoo ink, and it requires the help of a tattoo artist who has experience in the technique of doing memorial tattoos.

art made from cremains

Alternatively, some people choose to have the cremains placed in a work of art. For example, ashes can be mixed into cement or worked into a painting, glass vase or other type of art. There are companies whose focus is on creating beautiful works of art using the cremains of deceased loved ones.

Another increasingly popular use of cremains is to use them in jewelry. For example, some people choose to have a few of the ashes enclosed in a necklace or pendant. These pieces of jewelry allow people to keep their loved ones close in a beautiful and useful form.

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Heart In Diamond takes memorial jewelry to the next level by turning cremains into beautiful diamonds that allow people to keep the memory of their loved ones close.

All of these options concerning what to do with cremains serve a valuable purpose in allowing people to memorialize their deceased loved ones. One of the best ways to both keep a loved one’s memory close and to tangibly capture the beauty they brought to one’s life, is to arrange for the creation of a memorial diamond from Heart In Diamond.

Heart In Diamond offers a way to take memorial jewelry to the next level by turning cremains into stunning diamonds. The 70-120 day process extracts the carbon from the cremains, adds it to a mixture, and subjects it to a high temperature, high pressure environment like the one that creates diamonds in the earth.

The result is a beautiful diamond that reflects the vibrancy, beauty and memory of the loved one. The diamonds can then be set into any type of jewelry and worn as an eye-catching and permanent tribute to the deceased person.

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Because each person and each relationship is different, memorial diamonds through Heart In Diamond can be customized to reflect the uniqueness of the person being memorialized.

Any tribute or memorial to a deceased loved one should reflect their personality and their relationships. Because each person is unique, every diamond created by Heart In Diamond is unique as well.

For example, Heart In Diamond can make memorial diamonds in five different colors, several different cuts and 9 different sizes. These options make it easy to choose a cut and color that will

  • match the type of jewelry preferred by those mourning their loss and

  • match the personality of the deceased loved one.

When it comes to memorializing a loved one by using their cremains in a tangible way, it is hard to beat the diamonds created by Heart In Diamond. Their beauty makes them easy to wear at any time and in any place. The range of choices available makes it easy to create a diamond that accurately reflects the person being memorialized. Their tangibility makes them a concrete tribute.

The first step in creating a memorial diamond from cremains is to contact Heart In Diamond for more information. From there, one can get started on the path to honoring their loved one in a beautiful, tangible and permanent manner.

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What to do with cremains

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