Cremation allows many options for
final disposition of ashes. Cremated remains may be buried, placed in a
columbarium niche, stored or displayed at home, or scattered. As there is the
possibility of distributing the cremated remains in portions among family
members, it provides many opportunities to personalize your experience.
Burial can be in an existing grave
in which other family members have been buried or a new plot can be purchased.
Some cemeteries, including Mountain
View in Lethbridge, have Columbarium structures. These provide permanent, above ground niches
of various sizes. Some niches allow for 2 urns. The brass front plate allows
for engraving of names and dates.
Cremated remains may be released
directly to the family allowing for further options. They can be placed in
storage or scattered at a meaningful location. There are very few restrictions
on scattering of cremated remains. When the location is privately owned land,
permission from the land owner is naturally required. In national parks,
scattering cremated remains is allowed except in moving water. Scattering
should always be done in as discrete a manner as possible, with consideration
for other people in the vicinity.
Some cemeteries have special areas
where cremated remains can be scattered and individual plaques may be placed.
Mountain View cemetery in Lethbridge provides the opportunity of scattering
ashes in one of their garden areas.
There are several important issues
to consider before scattering, as scattering of cremated remains is permanent
and cannot be reversed.
• There may be no permanent place to
identify with the deceased and if done on private property, it may be sold.
• There may be future restrictions on
access to parks, lakes, trails and similar places. There is also no guarantee
that the location will remain in the same condition.
• There may not be a way to place a
marker to identify the scattering location for future generations. Our funeral
directors advise that some method of identifying and returning to the location
Keepsake urns and memorial jewellery
are ways of providing multiple individuals with their own amount of cremated
remains. In addition, there are now some very unique methods of personalizing
your memorialization. These include creating a memorial tree, placing into
fireworks, placing in helium balloons, creating a diamond, hand blown glass,
glass paperweights, used in tattoo ink, or used in paintings. Your funeral director
can provide information regarding the various options.