Choosing cremation services in West Valley City, UT for after your death, or your loved one’s death, is a great way to go. Cremation has lots of advantages including cost, flexibility, and environmental impact. However, what do you do after the cremation?
The most traditional way to memorialize someone after cremation is by scattering the ashes. You can scatter ashes over land, into the air, or over water; on private property, public places, or at a special site that holds significance for you or your deceased loved one. There are quite a few methods of scattering ashes. They include:
- Casting: As the name denotes, casting simply means tossing the cremated remains on the wind. When casting ashes, make sure to check the wind direction day of. You can involve the entire family by having each person cast a bit of the ashes.
- Raking: Rake ashes by pouring them over loose soil and raking them to combine. Raking is traditionally performed in special scattering gardens due to local ordinances.
- Trenching: Trenching is like burying, but at a much lesser depth. Dig a shallow hole, place the ashes inside, and cover them with dirt. You can also trench on a beach so the remains of your loved one can be taken out to sea by the tides.
- Ringing: Ringing is more of a ceremony than the other options, and involves forming a ring around an object like a tree or a home with the ashes.
- Aerial Scattering: You can hire a professional pilot to scatter ashes from a private plane at a specific location. While more expensive, this option is a very special way to memorialize a loved one.
- Water Scattering: You can scatter ashes into any body of water, with permission from the local authorities. You can also sink a water-soluble urn into the ocean for a similar effect.
Most people are unaware that you can bury or entomb ashes once cremated. This adheres to more traditional burying methods while also remaining cost effective. However, buried or entombed remains must be in biodegradable urns to preserve the environment.
- Columbarium: There are rooms and spaces dedicate to housing urns, often in churches but sometimes in freestanding structures. These spaces have niches and recessed areas designed to display urns of all shapes and sizes. These rooms offer places of remembrance.
- Crypt or Mausoleum: You can also entomb ashes in a crypt or mausoleum. These options often hold special religious or familial significance, but can be more expensive to columbariums. Roman Catholics traditionally prefer this method.
- Memorial Object: Remains can also be housed in special memorial objects such as benches, rocks, or grave markers. These memorials allow loved ones to celebrate their deceased in personalized and special ways.
- Family Plot: Traditional burial in the family plot or cemetery is yet another option for housing remains of loved ones. Burial is a great way to use cremation while still adhering to important family traditions.
These are just a few of your many options for after West Valley City, UT cremation services. For more ideas, contact Utah Simple Cremations by visiting 4377 S State St Murray, UT 84107, or calling (801) 910-5317 today.