Not Sure What to Do with Cremains? Turn Cremation Ashes into Diamonds!

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.

Why Has the Popularity of Cremation Risen in Recent Years?

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:

  • Global economic decline leads to increase cremation due to the cost-saving benefits.
  • Cultural shift towards being more aware and accountable for the environmental impact of our choices has led many to prefer cremation because of its positive environmental impact.
  • Cemeteries are filling up across the UK, the rest of Europe, and many parts of the world. Urban population continues to grow, and there have been large cemeteries built on the outskirts of town, such as the one in Victorian Britain, but most of these cemeteries are now full. Tim Morris, the chief executive of the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) explains that despite the fact cremation is now highly favoured, this limited availability of burial space will lead to an inevitable crisis. Morris states: “Two London boroughs — Tower Hamlets and Hackney — have ceased providing a burial service. Residents have to go to neighbouring boroughs. Local authorities have to try to find land for new cemeteries, which is expensive, while still covering the maintenance costs of older cemeteries.”

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….

What Can Be Done with the Cremated Ashes?

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:

  • Burying the ashes is a frequent choice, as it’s similar to the familiar burial tradition, and allows for a grave marker and final resting place to visit the deceased. Family members can choose to have it placed in a burial plot or a columbarium
  • Displaying the ashes in a decorative urn is a popular option. Urns are containers that are used to store the ashes of a loved one and are displayed within the home, traditionally on a fireplace mantle.
  • Scattering the ashes is a common choice that is often made by the person before they pass away about where they want their ashes to be scattered.
  • Cremation jewellery has been around for decades and involves a small amount of cremated ashes being placed within a piece of jewellery.
  • Growing the ashes in a planter with a tree is a newer option that is growing in popularity.
  • Artwork made from the ashes mixed with either ink or paint is another growing trend. This includes painted portraits of the person who died or tattoos.
  • Ashes can be pressed into vinyl records that play a specific song or set of songs that remind you of the loved one.
  • Glasswork mixed with cremation ashes can be made with cremains. Stained glass windows and blown glass beads and jewellery are a couple examples.
  • Cement can be mixed with your loved one’s ashes and then used to erect a statue or monument.
  • Turn a loved one’s ashes into diamonds. It may come as no surprise that having the cremated remains of a loved one transformed into an authentic laboratory-grown diamond has become the fastest growing option when it comes to things to do with cremated ashes.

Eternalize the Memory of a Loved One by Having Their Ashes Turned Into a Diamond

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.