Final Disposition of the Cremated Body

There are several ways to lay the cremated body to a final resting place. The first is to bury the urn, just as you would a casket. The urn is placed directly into the ground, or in an urn vault (depending on cemetery rules). This option allows for a monument to be installed in tribute of the person who died.

A niche (an urn-sized space in a mausoleum) is another option for final disposition of the cremated body. It is similar to a crypt (which is used for a full sized casket) and is smaller, since it need only fit an urn inside. Some niches are glass front, and others marble or granite front and also provides a space to engrave special information about your loved one.

Some families choose to keep the cremated body at home. Depending on the style of the urn, it may be displayed or kept in a private area. There are also keepsake urn options, which are smaller versions of full sized urns. These keepsake urns allow for only a portion of the cremated body to be retained, therefore making the other portion of the cremated body available to be buried, placed in a niche, split amongst other family members, or scattered.

If you choose to scatter the cremated body, it is necessary to fully consider the location of the scattering. Although this area may be easily accessible today, there are no guarantees as to what this place may become in future years. A cemetery’s funds are carefully monitored to ensure that perpetual care will be taken for those persons laid to rest within their grounds, but a public place has no such safeguards.

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