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3 Cremation Trends to Consider

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Cremation can be a great option for a loved one after they pass away. Not only is it simple and efficient, but cremation is also incredibly affordable. While shocking to learn, a direct cremation can save you thousands of dollars when compared to a traditional funeral and burial. Of course, there are many options that can be added to a cremation and different cremation methods available. In addition, you will need to choose a final resting place for your loved one's ashes, which can affect the total price.

With this guide, you will learn a few different cremation trends to consider when a loved one passes away.

Water Cremation

Alkaline hydrolysis is becoming a popular cremation option and becoming it is considered eco-friendly, it is becoming a trendy option for anyone who wants to make less of an impact on the environment. Also known as a water cremation, alkaline hydrolysis uses a water-based solution to dissolve the body instead of a flame-based cremation that burns the body. Water cremations offer a natural approach to body disposal since it is similar to the natural decaying process. Unfortunately, water cremation is not available in every state. However, laws are changing daily, so your state may be approved for this trendy and eco-friendly cremation method.  

Ashes to Jewelry

Today, many people are choosing not to spread or bury their loved one's ashes, but to turn the ashes into a memorial piece of jewelry. Surprisingly, there are many ways to accomplish this. One of the easiest options would be to have a portion of your loved one's ashes placed into a special pendant or container that can be worn on a necklace or bracelet chain. This will allow you to keep a piece of your loved one close while also spreading the remaining ashes in a special place or sharing the ashes with other family members.

Another way to turn the ashes into jewelry is through the creation of custom stones. The ashes are compressed under high heat, isolating any traces of carbon. This carbon will become the building block for the diamond.  The remains are filtered and then heated and compressed again, creating a graphite structure. This material is then placed in a high-pressured, high-heat chamber, which slowly forms the diamond stone. The process can be a bit involved, but the final product is beautiful, natural, and easy to place on any type of jewelry, so you can keep your loved one close at all times.

Scattering Party

Cremation does not necessarily mean you do not have a funeral. While there is no burial, you can still celebrate your loved one after a cremation. Today, more and more people are choosing to have a scattering party for their loved one. This party can be planned for immediately after the cremation or for an entirely different time in the future.

The key is to choose a location that your loved one would love or a place that holds a special meaning to your loved one. If they loved a specific park, hiking trail, or beach, contact the local county or city government for special permission before planning the scattering party. This will ensure all legal issues are avoided after placing your loved one's ashes to rest.

Once a location is chosen, allow close friends and family members the chance to share a memory about your loved one. Each person can also take a turn scattering a portion of the ashes if preferred.

From water cremation and beautiful jewelry to a scattering party with friends and family, cremation can be a memorable and personal end-of-life celebration. Contact services such as Naples Funeral Home Inc to learn more.