Exploring various options for burying cremated ashes in the United Kingdom

In the UK, up to 75 percent of people are cremated rather than buried. This is done for a number of reasons, including:

  • Cremations are more affordable than burials
  • Environmental benefits of cremation due to cemetery overcrowding and other factors
  • More options are provided to the survivors for how to memorialise a loved one

What things can be done with cremated ashes

Most people will place cremated remains in urns which can later be buried; displayed in a special place; or used to hold the ashes until they are scattered or handled in another manner. Other ways the cremated ashes might be used include a plethora of options, such as:

  • Put into fireworks
  • Crafted into beautiful diamonds
  • Used in a painting
  • Suspended in blown glass
  • Scattered at sea

How do you know which urn is right for you?

This is one of the most important parts of the funeral or memorial process. Whether you intend to bury the urn or keep it on display, it should reflect your memories of that person.

Considerations for choosing the most appropriate urn for the person and purpose should include:

  • Material
  • Size
  • Decoration
  • Design

Urns can be robust and made of different types of material, such as metal or stone. Depending on your price range, the design on the urn can be quite elaborate and sculpted to look pleasing on display in the home where it will not decay.

Scatter tubes are a good choice if you intend to scatter the ashes of your loved one. Alternatively, the ashes can be divided up between family members and a number of smaller urns obtained.

Options for burial after cremation

  • Burying cremated ashes in burial plots
    The interment of ashes simply means to keep the ashes in a permanent place. This can be a grave in the cemetery where the ashes are lowered into the ground. It may be possible to have the ashes buried with an existing family member. Usually, the urn is placed at the foot or the head of the existing grave.
    Otherwise, a new grave plot may need to be purchased to bury the urn in burial grounds. Graves for those cremated are usually smaller than standard plots. Excavating these graves can allow others to be buried together should the family wish. Headstones can be erected to commemorate the person.
  • How cremains are buried in memorial reefs
    This is a novel new idea to offer a final resting place of unmatched beauty. Memorial reefs are man-made marine habitats created from safe cast concrete. To experience this type of burial you will need to travel to the United States.
  • Stratospheric scattering used for disposal of cremains
    You can have your ashes scattered from a balloon at 100,000 feet. This can be performed anywhere in the UK and be a public or private affair. Alternatively, ashes can be scattered from aeroplanes, skydiving scatters, or from hot air balloons. There is even a service whereby ash of the deceased can be taken to the moon or deep space (with a US-based company).
  • Scattering cremated remains in water
    Burial at sea is a dignified end with many companies willing to assist. You may consider a water-soluble scattering urn to help disperse the ashes more effectively.

How you can keep the memory of a loved one alive

There is a wide variety of rituals that people undertake before saying their final farewells to loved ones. How they choose to do it is a personal matter for them to decide.

By choosing to bury or scatter your loved one’s ashes does not prevent you from removing a small portion of the ashes and using them for a different purpose.

It can be very difficult for people to simply scatter the ashes of their loved ones. This can be too final, especially if they are not ready or able to deal with the grief. As such, taking some ashes and creating a diamond can be one of the most important steps in the grieving process. The sense of having a small part of that person always with you can be a tremendous comfort. This is where Heart In Diamond can help you.