When you choose Union, NJ cremation services, you have access to our extensive selection of memorial packages. But at Bradley & Son Funeral Homes, LLC, we offer an affordable basic cremation package that gives our families a lot of freedom to create a personalized memorial service for their loved one. Here are some of the most popular options families choose for how to memorialize their loved one after receiving the ashes.
A Place in the Home
The most common option for families is to take the ashes home in one of the hundreds of ceremonial urns we offer. These urns are ideal for a dramatic place on the mantle of someone close to the deceased, and are designed to be spill-resistant. For families who have several people who want to take the ashes home, we offer a selection of smaller urns that are ideal for splitting the ashes between close family members.
A Final Goodbye
Another popular option for paying tribute is a scattering ceremony, where the family and friends of the deceased gather at a meaningful location to release the ashes. Popular choices include a local mountain or cliff, near the water, or a park, but scatterings at private locations are possible with the consent of the owner. Cremation ashes are sterile, safe, and legal to scatter at any public location with no public health risks.
Transforming the Ashes
It’s increasingly possible to do something creative or artistic with the ashes, including simple choices like mixing them with paint or ink to create a meaningful work of art. But with the help of a third-party company, more dramatic transformations are possible like compressing the ashes into diamonds for jewelry, or combining them with gunpowder for a fireworks display. It’s even possible to mix them with tattoo ink for a permanent tribute under the supervision of a tattoo artist.
If you’re looking for an option that pays tribute to your loved one while also helping the earth’s delicate ecosystem, a pair of options are available. A biodegradable urn is designed to be buried and releases a tree seed as it collapses, creating a mighty tree as a memorial. Coral balls are a uniquely-shaped receptacle designed for sea burial, which attracts sea life to make the ball its home.
If you decide to have the ashes laid to rest at one of our associated cemeteries, the benefit of cremation is that you can do it on your schedule. You can take the urn home, then return when it’s time to gather all your friends and family for the burial ceremony. There are many choices for interment at a cemetery after cremation, including burial in a cremation vault, interment in an above-ground mausoleum, or scattering in a public memorial garden.
If any of these options sound like they might be a good fit for a tribute to your loved one after cremation services in Union, NJ, contact Bradley & Son Funeral Homes, LLC. We’re ready to take your call and set up a consultation today.