After. Life Arrangements

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8 things to do with ashes after the cremation of a loved one

8 alternative scattering ideas after the cremation of a loved one

I don’t know about you, but until I began working in the funeral industry, I didn’t realise how many options there are for ashes after a cremation. To begin with, I would suggest the traditional way of scattering in a crematorium’s garden or burying them in a cemetery or churchyard.

And whilst this is perfect for some, others may be looking for something a little bit unusual or another way that they can keep memories of that person in their day to day life.

Alternatives to traditional scattering

Doing the job that I do has really opened my eyes, and I have discovered that there are lots of alternatives to traditional scattering. Here are a few of the most popular alternatives.

Turn ashes in to a tree

Turn ashes in to a tree

An eco-friendly fully biodegradable urn can convert ashes into a tree after life. As I am passionate about the environment, I would like my own ashes to be interred in a meadow in one of these urns. The rest of my family can also be interred with my ashes in the same plot, or their ashes sprinkled under the tree once it’s grown

Water Urn

If your loved one found tranquillity by the sea or river, then you may consider a water urn. They are fully biodegradable and perfect for scattering ashes in water.



Keep your loved one close to you by having ashes turned in to a piece of jewellery, such as a pendant for a necklace or beads for a bracelet. Choose from a range of styles and colours to suit your individual taste.



Why not consider a Celebration of Life firework display? It is a stunning way to scatter cremation ashes whilst spending time with family and friends remembering that special someone.

If you are considering a Celebration of Life for your loved one, then we can help to organise it. You can read more about a Celebration of Life here.


Did you know you can have ashes put into a painting? An artist blends the ashes with paint and creates an agreed unique piece of artwork for you.

Glass sculptures

Memorial glass art is made using traditional glass blowing methods, incorporating a small amount of ashes into the sculpture.

Vinyl record

Vinyl record

If your loved one enjoyed a particular piece of music or there was a favourite song that you shared, then you can have ashes pressed into a vinyl record that will play that tune. If you want to leave a recording behind so your loved ones can hear your voice, that can also be arranged.


A tattoo artist can mix a small amount of cremated ashes and mix with tattoo ink to create a unique memory on skin.

Say goodbye in your own special way

I hope this blog has given you some thoughts about how you would like your own ashes scattered or how you can keep your loved one near. Let us know in the comments below how you would like your own ashes scattered.

As part of arranging a Celebration of Life, we can organise all of these scattering alternatives, so please get in touch if you would like further information.

Lynsey x

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