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Burying Cremated Remains: Why You Should Bury Ashes in a Cemetery

Avatar for Ethan Darby Ethan Darby       August 14th, 2019       3:45 am
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Nothing can compare to the sorrow that is felt when losing a loved one, whether it’s a family member or a dear friend.  And yet, during this time of grieving, we are still required to make major decisions and organize arrangements.

With everything from notifying family and writing an obituary to making funeral preparations, it seems there is a never-ending list of tasks to conduct in a short period of time. One decision to make is whether to choose cremation or traditional burial.

This can be a simple or complicated choice based on your own feelings and your family member’s wishes. But if the choice is made to cremate, the next question is whether or not you will be burying cremated remains.

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While you may wish to scatter cremated remains in a location that is meaningful to you or your loved one who has passed away, it may not be the best decision over the long-term.

There are more than a few reasons why it’s a better idea to make cemeteries the final resting place for cremated remains.

1. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

We’ve all seen movies depicting family members or friends scattering their loved one’s ashes in a lake, a forest, or another place that may have been special to the individual.

These moments can feel special and provide a sense of peace at the time. But as time moves on, we also know that nothing in this world is permanent.

Lakes can dry up and forests could be ravaged by anything from a forest fire to logging or deforestation.

Other open spaces that were once peaceful and calm could eventually be converted into a loud, bustling shopping center, concrete parking lot, or landfill.

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The process of scattering cremated remains can also be unpredictable, which can compromise the impact of the event.

Wind can end up blowing the remains in a direction away from your designated spot. While in an even more unfortunate instance, they could end up blowing directly toward the people who are in attendance.

On the other hand, the burial of cremated remains in a cemetery provides a place dedicated to your loved one.

You can purchase a specific plot that will be devoted to their memory. Services can be held and memorials or religious rites can be conducted on the site to make it feel even more special.

2. A Long-Term Resting Place

It is understandable for people to have a deep desire to keep their loved ones close, which is why many people bring their family members’ cremated remains home with them.

While memories can be made with their urn resting on a shelf or your fireplace mantle, the issues tend to arise once you are gone.

All too often, we hear horror stories of ashes being sold in garage sales and individuals not realizing what is inside until they arrive at home.

Other instances occur as people pass on and the remains of their loved ones are sold as part of an estate or home purchase, leaving them to the new homeowner to decide what to do with them.

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In most cases, these individuals will do something that isn’t in the best interest of your loved one such as leaving them somewhere with no meaning, or even throwing the cremated remains away.

It is much more conducive to protecting your family member or friend’s memory to provide a location in a cemetery such as an in-ground space with a cremation urn vault or in a Niche Tower, marking it with a bronze marker or headstone.

This will give you the ability to visit them on special occasions ranging from holidays and anniversaries to birthdays and other special events.

3. Leave a Legacy

Few things are as important to a person’s memory than the legacy they leave behind and the way people remember them.

However your loved one chose to live their life represents the legacy they wanted to leave behind. And as their friend or family member, it is up to you to protect that on their behalf once they are gone.

By burying cremated remains in a cemetery, you dedicate a permanent resting place for both their cremated remains and their memory.

Their name will be etched into the world’s history as someone who made a significant impact on at least one other person during their time on this earth.

This legacy will be passed on for generations to come as you share stories with your children, their children, and with others about their life passions and accomplishments.

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Also, since cremated remains require much less space compared to a burial vault or full casket, lifelong companions, families, or even best friends could be buried right next to each other eternally.

When purchasing a final resting place in a cemetery, it is important to request specific details regarding immediate and future options when it comes to burying remains and if additional people can share the same space when the time comes.

Want More Details About Burying Cremated Remains?

As you begin making the arrangements for yourself or a loved one who has passed, you’ll need to decide on long-term placement.

The burial of cremated remains within a cremation urn vault is one of the best options you have available to you.

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There are many places you can refer to for placing their ashes including a:

  • Cemetery
  • Urn Garden
  • Columbarium Niche
  • Mausoleum

Learn more about why an urn vault is a great choice and the additional benefits they provide. If you’d like more information about how Trigard can assist you with this process, please contact us today for details.

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Ethan Darby

Ethan is the Marketing Director for Trigard Vaults, Trigard Memorials, Hall of Fame Plaques & Signs, and Sunset Funeral Home and Memorial Park. He graduated from Illinois State University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration before becoming the second member of the 4th generation of the Darby family to join the family-owned company. His experience within the company includes memorial manufacturing, cemetery retail, national cemetery and vault sales, along with plant and customer service management. In his free time, Ethan enjoys hiking, kayaking, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his wife, Keri, and his daughters, Sawyer and Olivia.

2 responses to “Burying Cremated Remains: Why You Should Bury Ashes in a Cemetery”

  1. Avatar for Mindy Jollie Mindy Jollie says:

    That’s a good point that burying cremated remains menas that you have one location that you can rely on them to be long-term. My husband and I have been talking about putting together wills and funeral plans even though we’ll probably be around for a while. I’ve been considering cremation, but luckily I have some time to make that decision. It’s good to know I could still be buried with my husband if that’s what he opts for.

  2. Avatar for CustServ CustServ says:

    Thanks for the comment, Mindy! I’m so glad you are thinking about your future. Planning ahead is the best gift you can give your family. I hope our article helped you make some of the difficult decisions that lie ahead!

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