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How To Honor A Loved One After Cremation

How To Honor A Loved One After Cremation

Losing someone you love is never easy. A sudden absence can make your life feel unbalanced, and empty. Honoring your loved one with a funeral service is an important step in the healing journey. Coming together with friends and family to remember your loved one goes a long way toward filling that absence, and seeing the path forward.

If you choose cremation for your loved one, you might be wondering how to best honor them. No matter which method of cremation you choose, or how long it’s been since the cremation took place, there is always a way to honor your loved one.

Hold A Funeral Service

No matter when cremation occurs, a funeral service is a meaningful way to pay tribute to your loved one while giving yourself and your friends and family a chance to gather and grieve together.

You can hold a traditional service with a viewing and funeral service, with the cremation taking place after. You can even hold a graveside service, if you choose to bury your loved one’s ashes.

If you choose direct cremation, you can hold a funeral service after. While a viewing is not an option with direct cremation, you can invoke your loved one’s presence through photographs or their cherished objects.

Even if the cremation took place long ago, it’s never too late to have a funeral. Your loved one’s friends and family will appreciate the opportunity to come together to remember your loved one, and to grieve together.

Witness The Cremation

While this option isn’t for everyone, witnessing the cremation can provide a powerful sense of closure. The family is guided to a separate, comfortable room where they can view the casket being placed into the cremation chamber. The cremation represents your loved one’s final journey in life, and being there to witness it can give you peace of mind knowing that they are cared for, and not alone.

Bury Or Scatter Your Loved One’s Ashes

While some families choose to keep their loved one’s ashes, we believe that burying or scattering provides closure and allows you and your family to move on. Burying your loved one’s ashes allows them to be interred next to other cherished family members. Scattering allows you to return your loved one to a meaningful place. Both options are an opportunity for a gathering, whether it’s a graveside service, or a scattering ceremony. Cremation offers the flexibility to wait for nice weather for a service or scattering, as well as the opportunity to schedule around family obligations so that everyone who cherished your loved one can be there.

Consider Alternatives To The Urn

While a traditional urn suits the needs of many families, consider whether there’s an option that better reflects your loved one’s personality. These days, there are many options that go beyond a ceramic or wooden urn, such as having the ashes turned into a seed starter for trees, mixed into memorial fireworks, or mixed into paint and turned into a painting of your loved one. Ashes can even be mixed into tattoo ink. There are many ways to make the disposition of your loved one’s ashes memorable and a reflection of their personality and hobbies.

Miller-Jones Mortuary and Crematory is proud to serve the families of the Inland Empire. Reach out to us at any time to learn more about cremation and how we can help you plan a funeral service tailored to your loved one and your family’s needs. Call us at (951) 658-3161, find a location convenient to you, or send us a note.