Tuesday, September 25, 2012
After Cremation: Rituals, Storage, Disposal of Ashes (Cremains)--Research, Video 1:43
Although unique funerals continue to increase in popularity, cremation is definitely in the mainstream these days as a method of body disposal. People are finding interesting ways to dispose ashes or cremains of loved ones.
Traditionally, cremains are often stored by families who keep them in urns and other containers that vary in their uniqueness. These may include vases with pedestals or even personalized teddy bears with hidden pouches. Teddy bears can be sewn from the deceased person’s clothes. Among other uses, cremains are being used in jewelry, shotgun shells, and fireworks. In terms of destinations, cremains can be stored in cemetery plots, mausoleum, or scattered in a garden or body of water. For $5,300 cremains can be sent aloft into outer space, while $13,000 can send them into luna orbit.
One research study on cremation focused on how 87 people described their experiences with cremation, cremains disposal, and rituals regarding their deceased loved ones. How did they view the experience? They felt the experiences were positive. Most research participants preferred to be cremated and honored through nontraditional rituals themselves.
With so many choices available, people should make plans in advance regarding disposal of their cremains if they choose to be cremated. In this video titled Scattering Parents’ Ashes, a daughter fulfills her deceased parents’ dream of world travel. View the unusual way she accomplishes this that includes many other people. If you choose to be cremated, what would you want to happen to your cremains after death?
Frances Shani Parker, Author
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