What Can You Do With The Ashes Of A Cremated Loved One?

By: Tom Gallagher
Thursday, March 31, 2022

If you have cremated a loved one, the cremation center will hand the ashes to you. At Thomas M. Gallagher Funeral Home, we've seen that many folks are unclear about what to do with cremated remains. The following information will help determine what you can do with them.

Options For Disposing Of Cremated Ashes

After cremating a loved one, you may do several things with the ashes:

  • Place the ashes in a suitable urn and display them on a small table, bookshelf, or hearth in your house.
  • You can place the urn in your bedroom or home office.
  • Most cemeteries include a columbarium, where you can place urns in niches. You can engrave the plate near the cavity with the name of a loved one. Check to see whether your local chapel has a columbarium on-site.
  • Burying the urn in a cemetery is another option that the funeral director can assist with.
  • You can select from various urns, from the simplest to the most extravagant.
  • Certain individuals prefer to spread their ashes in water or the mountains. However, you should check to see if there are any regulations against this method of disposing of ashes.

Every family will have specific preferences and ideas. In some cases, the decedent may have left detailed instructions about the disposition method for their cremains. Whichever disposal option you pick, you can discuss your specific wishes with our funeral director. They are here to assist you with any details you require. Additionally, we provide wood, metal, and biodegradable material urns, and you can get the one you want to place your loved one's ashes in.

If you want information about our services here at Thomas M. Gallagher Funeral Home, give us a call at 318-640-1375 today.

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