Selecting a Final Resting Place After Cremation Takes Place

By: Tom Gallagher
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The numerous options to choose from for a final resting place is one of the biggest advantages of being cremated. Unlike traditional burials which require burial in a cemetery or entombment in a mausoleum, those who choose cremation have several other unique options to carry out their final wishes. Some of the most popular options for final resting places after cremation are as follows:


Cremated remains are stored in a funeral urn or alternative container that is usually a fraction of the size of a traditional casket. Because of the size, these urns are more versatile in where they can be buried or interned. For burials, urns can be laid to rest in a family plot or on a smaller cemetery plot. This helps to reduce funeral costs. Urns are also able to be stored in mausoleums or in a columbarium, which is a collection of niches with memorial plates arranged to identify the remains. These types of arrangements can be outdoor or indoors and are also sometimes referred to as an urn garden. 

Home Memorials

Since urns are often small and discreet, many families choose to take them home and display them on a mantle or shelf. These home memorials are also ideal for families who have not yet decided what to do about the final resting place. Other reasons to keep ashes at home would be in case the person’s last wish was to be scattered in the summer, and they passed away in winter. Holding on to the ashes until the appropriate time is something that those who opted for a traditional burial could not do.

Scattered Ashes

A popular choice for many who choose cremation is to scatter the ashes. In most cases, a person will choose to have their ashes scattered at a place that holds significance for them. Over land or water is perfectly acceptable. Many people also choose to scatter their ashes at a memorial garden with a plaque or memorial book for grievers to memorialize the deceased. It is also possible to opt for a partial scattering, where part of the ashes are scattered at a significant place, and the remainder is interred or buried. 

Multiple Urns

Another option that is ideal for families, who live far apart, is using multiple urns to store the ashes of a loved one. This way, families can feel comforted by having the ashes of their loved ones nearby. 

Deciding on a final resting place after cremation doesn’t have to be complicated. Consider your religious beliefs and other ideals that are important to you to choose a place that is best for you or your loved one. For help deciding on a final resting place after cremation, call 203-348-0443 and speak with the compassionate experts at Nutmeg State Cremation Society in Stamford, CT.


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