Whether you’re planning a funeral or want to buy flowers after a loved one’s death, the flowers at the funeral are an important part. What flowers should you get? Discover four common types of flowers that people get to express their love, sympathy or admiration.
While a cremation funeral service gives some closure after the loss of a loved one, the time after the service is hard. As you come to terms with your loss, you have to decide what to do with your loved one’s ashes.
While some people put ashes in a memorial urn or scatter them, you do have other options. For example, you can use some of the cremains to create lasting keepsakes, such as pieces of jewellery.
How does this process work and how will it help you? Keep reading to learn more.
What is cremation jewellery?
Cremation jewellery pieces contain a small part of a person’s ashes. Sometimes, the ashes are integrated into the materials from which the jewellery is made. So, some of the cremains might be blown into glass or even turned into a diamond.
More commonly, you buy a piece of jewellery with an integrated compartment that holds ashes. So, for example, a cremation pendant might have a small section in its centre into which you can lock away some of the cremains.
You can choose from various types of jewellery here. As well as pendants, lockets and necklaces, you can also use rings and bracelets for this purpose.
While most pieces hold a tiny portion of ashes, some people also add extras to their jewellery. They might put in a piece of their loved one’s hair or parts of their funeral flower arrangement.
Once you fill the piece and close it up, it looks just like a regular piece of jewellery. Only you will know what it contains unless you choose to tell other people.
Why buy cremation jewellery?
If you decide to create a wearable memory of your relative, partner or friend, then you could see the following emotional and practical benefits.
Keep part of your loved one with you
If your loved one wanted you to scatter or bury their ashes, then you might have an additional sense of loss after their funeral service. Their ashes are the last part of them you have left; letting go at this stage is sometimes extremely difficult.
Cremation jewellery gives you some comfort here. You can still respect and follow your loved one’s wishes — you only need to reserve a tiny amount of cremains for each piece of jewellery — but you can keep a part of them with you forever.
You create a lasting keepsake that you can wear in their memory. Every time you wear the jewellery, you keep them close to you.
Give comfort to family and friends
The fact that you only use a tiny amount of ashes in cremation jewellery allows you to order multiple pieces. You could give these out to other family members and close friends of the deceased.
They will also get comfort from having a lasting keepsake; they get a different way of coping with their grief. They will feel that you are acknowledging the importance of the relationship they had with the person who passed.
Multiple pieces of jewellery also help avoid friction at this difficult time. If you have a large family, then you might not be able to agree on who keeps the ashes. Or, some family members might not want to follow the wishes of the deceased. They might be distressed at the thought of scattering the ashes.
Here, everyone can keep part of their loved one and feel that their relationship with them has equal weight. They can then choose what to do with the jewellery. Some people might wear their piece all the time; others might prefer to simply keep it as a lasting memory that they can then pass on as a family heirloom.
If you’re interested in learning more, contact your Cremations Only funeral director. They can tell you more about how cremation jewellery works and show you examples of the kinds of pieces you can order.
When you start to organize a funeral for your loved one, people might ask you whether you have any plans for the dress code at the service. You might not have thought about this yet; however, the clothes that people wear during the funeral can help set the tone. You can simply stick with a traditional dress code here, or you can ask guests to wear something different that you feel has a closer connection to the person who has died.
While funeral flowers traditionally go on a grave after a burial, you don’t necessarily have a fixed place to put arrangements after a cremation. If you aren’t sure what to do with family casket flowers, then the following ideas might help.
Whether you believe in an afterlife or simply view death as being absolutely final—both for your physical body and your consciousness—the only certainty of death is that something needs to be done with your remains. For most people, the ultimate fate of their remains involves burial or cremation. But then what?
If you need to organise a loved one’s funeral, then you often have to choose a coffin. While traditional casket designs are still a popular choice, you do have other options if you find it hard to make a decision.
If you are planning for what will happen when you die, then you need to decide whether to be buried or cremated. While some people prefer a burial, others find that cremation is a better choice for them. When might you decide that cremation is right for you?
If you don’t have any family, then you may be unsure what will happen when you die. Who will organise your funeral? How can you make sure that you get the service you want?
While you may not have close family around to take on this job, you do have other options that could put your mind at rest. Who can you turn to?
When a family member’s serious illness has become terminal, you’ll experience many difficulties. It could be that their cancer has progressed to the point where remission is no longer possible, meaning that treatment will stop, and your loved one will transition to palliative (end-of-life) care.
While some people prefer not to think about their funeral while they are still alive, many people find it useful to plan their service in advance. For some, this is all about reducing financial strain on the people they leave behind. For others, this is about getting the send-off they want.
However, this isn’t a job you have to do alone. You may find that it helps to involve your family in the decisions you make at this stage in your life. Learn more about why you should involve your family in planning your funeral. Continue reading “Why Involve Your Family in Planning Your Funeral?”
A grandparent’s death is often the first death that a child experiences and the first funeral they attend. Funerals can be bewildering for children, especially if they don’t know what to expect and don’t know how to act.
One of the kindest things you can do for your child at this difficult time is to make sure that they feel included, and that they are part of things. This short guide explains three simple ways to help a child feel involved with a grandparent’s funeral. Continue reading “How to Make Your Children Feel Involved in a Grandparent’s Funeral”
A reading, whether it be from film, literature, or music, at your loved one’s funeral can be a wonderful idea. The gesture not only shows how you feel about your loved one but also how their loss has touched you. Continue reading “How to Choose a Personal Funeral Reading for a Loved One”
Choosing flowers for the casket of a loved one can feel like a difficult task, especially with so many other aspects of a funeral to plan. However, flowers can really add something to the overall look of a funeral, and they offer you an extra way to express the personality of your loved one as well as how you feel about them. Below, we explain three different factors to consider as you make your choice. Continue reading “3 Things to Consider When Choosing Flowers for a Loved One’s Casket”
In the past, people tended to stay in the same area as their families, but now, many families live far away from each other. And due to moving frequently or travelling, many people have close friends in far flung locations as well.
Unfortunately, this means some people may not be able to attend your loved one’s memorial. To include as many people as possible, some people are opting to hold “live” funerals. Considering livestreaming your loved one’s memorial? Here is a look at the details to help you decide. Continue reading “Livestream a Loved One’s Memorial Service”
Cremation pre-planning is part of the end of life planning choices many adults make. You will speak to your funeral director, discuss cremation and look at various packages and prices available. Though many of the choices can be made easily, there are some you may not think of. Here are a few of those choices, what to know about them and what personalizations you can make to these choices.
You may feel a little nervous or daunted if you have to deliver the eulogy at a loved one’s funeral. After all, you want to pay your respects in an appropriate way and to do your relative or friend proud.
However, if you’ve never made this kind of speech before, you may not know how to create the perfect tribute. The following points will help you create a suitable structure and craft respectful and personalised content. Continue reading “How to Craft a Meaningful Eulogy”
When someone you love passes away, you’ll probably want to commemorate their memory. Traditionally, many people use flowers to commemorate the passing of someone they care about. They often send flowers to the family with condolences, or they bring flowers to the service themselves in remembrance of the individual. Continue reading “Alternatives to Sympathy Flowers at Your Loved One’s Funeral”
Are you looking for something unique to do with your loved one’s ashes? If storing ashes in an urn at home doesn’t appeal to you, you’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of alternatives.
You could use the ashes to plant a tree, create a beautiful piece of jewellery, or even press into an old-fashioned vinyl record. Keep reading for details on four touching ways to preserve the remains of your loved one. Continue reading “4 Unique Things to Do With a Loved One’s Ashes”
If you are the oldest sibling when your parent dies, one of the tasks that may fall to you is the funeral planning. This includes the cremation service if that was a request. Most of the information you need will probably already be planned or written down, including the specific cremation process, urn or other related information. However, this information may not include information regarding separating the cremation remains between family. Continue reading “What to Know about Separating Cremation Remains Between Family Members”
Choosing the right music for your loved one’s funeral can feel impossible. You might have so many options that you don’t know which to pick, or you could struggle to find even one song that feels appropriate. Continue reading “How to Choose the Perfect Funeral Music to Remember Your Loved One”