Many of our clients opt for cremation over burial due to its lower cost and more options for personalized memorials. But cremation is more than a clinical process for reducing remains to ashes, and when you hire us for Charlotte, MI cremation services you’ll get our full services to memorialize your loved one. Here are some of the newest trends in cremation services that are being embraced by our clients.
Some clients choose to bury the cremation ashes in a family plot, with a headstone to match. While it’s possible to bury the ashes in a traditional urn or box, an eco-friendly option that’s growing in popularity is a scattering garden where ashes can be strewn alongside plant life. Another option is a “living burial”, where a biodegradable urn containing the ashes and seeds is used to grow a tree that will stand for decades as a testament to your loved one.
Create New Life Under the Sea
A popular option for cremation ashes is burial at sea, and the ashes can be cast into a concrete reef ball that serves as a host for sea life. This ball with holes in the side is sunk in a designated area and equipped with GPS markers, and the design will allow sea life including coral to latch onto the ball. The ball becomes its own small ecosystem that will contribute to the health of sea life and serve as a fitting tribute to a lover of the ocean.
One of the advantages of cremation is that you take the remains home with you, so families have more freedom to develop a memorial that’s right for their loved one. This can include scattering the ashes at a meaningful location. For clients who prefer a private memorial and want to make the arrangements themselves, we offer our basic cremation package. You’ll get our professional and fast service without having to commit to a complete memorial service.
While some clients choose to do a personalized memorial at home, others want all the amenities of a funeral without the benefits. We offer many options for full memorial services and celebrations of life, and our spacious facilities can host religious services, testimonials, and slideshows of the departed. This allows the loved ones of the departed to gather and find closure after the cremation is performed.
Alternative Uses for Ashes
Cremation ashes are safe and sterile and can be used for many purposes that reflect the life your loved one lived. A common choice is to have the ashes added to ink or paint to create artworks. Some tattoo artists can even use a portion of the ashes in tattoo ink. Ashes can also be turned into jewelry, allowing those closest to the departed to take a part of their loved one with them wherever they go.
If you’re considering cremation services in Charlotte, MI, these are some of the options Pray Funeral Home, Inc. can help you arrange. Set up a consultation by visiting us at our offices at 401 W. Seminary Street, Charlotte, MI, 48813, or contact us on our website or by phone at (517) 543-2950.