One of the advantages of choosing cremation over traditional burials is saving money, but cremations also allow for portability of the cremains, meaning it's possible to keep a loved one's ashes with you at all times. If you'd rather have the cremains with you rather than left behind in an urn or scattered at sea, consider these three cool ideas for transforming cremains into something beautiful, keeping them with you, or using them to become art.
Many families pass along diamond rings as engagement rings or other family heirlooms. Believe it or not, cremains can actually be turned into a real diamond that could become your family's heirloom.
Natural diamonds are essentially carbon that undergoes massive pressure, squeezing it down into the glittering gem that you're familiar with. Some companies will take cremains and subject them to the same type of pressure, resulting in a diamond that's yours to keep. These gems can then be mounted into rings or other jewelry and passed on for generations to come.
If diamonds aren't your favorite or you're not interested in subjecting the cremains to extreme pressure, try a variation on a locket.
While traditional lockets are often used to hold photos of loved ones, many people now develop jewelry that will safely encapsulate a portion of your loved one's cremains. This way, you can carry them with you wherever you go, and even split the cremains between several pieces of jewelry to share with multiple children or family members.
Cremains can actually be used to create tattoos on living people, too. Some licensed tattoo artists are equipped to sterilize cremains and mix them into tattoo ink, and the cremains actually help to form the color of the tattoo. While it might seem strange to some people, for those who truly want to keep their loved one's remains with them at all times, this method is a great choice. Cremain tattoos don't require all of the cremains in order to create a tattoo, so you can still take the remainder of them and display them in any way you like.
There are far more things you can do with cremains than simply putting them in an urn and leaving them on a shelf or mantle. While the decision is ultimately up to you, these ideas can be used to always keep your loved one near you after they've passed on.
For more information, contact a cremation service in your area.