Cremation rates in the United Kingdom have steadily climbed for decades. In fact, cremation is now the preferred choice for disposition (even more popular than burial) in the UK. As such, a common question people are left with is:
What can I do with the cremains?
YouGov conducted an online survey that showed an overwhelming number of Britons would rather be cremated than buried when they die. In fact, those that preferred cremation outnumbered those that preferred burial more than threefold with 58 percent for cremation and only 17 percent for burial. These percentages were based on the results of 1,546 adults that took this survey.
Of those that wanted to be cremated, what were their wishes regarding the disposition of ashes? Interestingly, 79 percent said they would rather have their ashes scattered and only seven percent wanted the family to keep their ashes. According to YouGov there was a:
Strong shift in preference towards cremation as people get older.
Cremation dates back to ancient times. For many cultures and religions around the world (such as Hinduism), cremation has been the common preference and practice for centuries.
Recent surges in the number of cremations are attributed to a number of factors, including:
Considering the simple fact that burial space is limited and filling up — one can only assume that on a long enough timeline, cremation could become more than a preference, rather a requirement. Which leads to this new dilemma for families….
Creative memorials that include some cremated ashes have existed for decades, and include things like lockets that hold some ashes and decorative urns. From having the ashes placed in a potter to grow into a tree to sending some to an artist to be mixed with paint and used to paint a portrait of your loved one — there are numerous things you can do with cremains. However, one option is truly unique and inherently timeless, making it stand-alone as the “Rolls Royce” (if you will) out of all the options, and that is having the ashes turned into a cremation diamond.
Anywhere from about 1.5 to 4.5 kilos of ashes are left over for each person that has been cremated. As more people choose this option, the idea of storing all these ashes in the home for decades poses many potential challenges. The situation families face is unique in the respect that when caring for a body, you know what you will need in terms of a cemetery plot, gravestone, etc. However, when it comes to making the decision about what to do with the ashes, dozens of options are available and include the following choices among others:
At Heart In Diamond UK, we specialize in the creation of real laboratory-grown diamonds that are made from the ashes or hair of people or pets — thus contains their unique DNA. Simply send us the required amount of ashes which is 85 grams, and our equipment is used to extract pure carbon from the sample — which is then used to grow your memorial diamond.