When someone we love passes away, it can be very difficult to let go and say goodbye. To ease this pain, many individuals have found that memorializing their loved one’s ashes in a way that allows them to hold on to them forever, has greatly helped. Advances in today’s technology, along with today’s society being less traditional when it comes to post funeral traditions, has really opened up many options for honoring and memorializing with the ashes of those who have passed away. In this article, we are going to touch on a few beautiful ways to honor and memorialize your loved one’s ashes. Let’s begin so you can start thinking about which option may be appropriate for your situation:
Do Something Special with Your Loved One’s Ashes
Whether it be sprinkling the ashes of the dearly departed in a beautiful lake, using their ashes to form jewelry, or simply placing an urn in a special area within your home, it’s all appropriate and meaningful. What it really comes down to is what your loved one wanted done with their ashes after they passed away, or what the family member or spouse’s wishes are. Everyone is different, and this is why it’s wonderful that there are so many options available. To give you a few ideas, let’s take a look at these special ways you can honor or memorialize the one you are missing.
Have a Meaningful Stained Glass Window Created with Their Ashes
This beautiful way to pay tribute to your loved one has been growing in popularity. It entails infusing their ashes within a stained glass window. The final result is a stunning display that holds great meaning. It can be designed with many colors that form images, shapes, or words. Common themes are doves, flowers, figures that represent people, or a specific image that represents your loved one. The glass displays are carefully crafted by experts who realize the importance of the piece.
They can be designed in custom sizes that are placed in a variety of settings. For instance, a table display, an actual windowpane, a wall hanging, and the like. A memorial piece such as this is a wonderful way to keep your loved one at the forefront of your mind, long after they may be gone. If you’re not sure if a stained glass window is the way you would like to hold on to their memory, there are many other similar ideas pertaining to infusing ashes with glass. This can include lovely glass urns, figurines, and more.
Beautifully Display their Ashes at a Celebration of Life Memorial Service
One way to honor the individual in your life who has passed away is to display their ashes at a celebration of life memorial service. For those of you who are not familiar with this type of service, it’s one in which the family, friends, and sometimes coworkers will gather in honor of the dearly departed. It’s typically a more lighthearted event, as compared to the traditional somber funeral. They normally take place in a banquet hall or large outdoor space. Meals are served, stories are told, some tears are shed, and there are always smiles and laughter. You can get a full understanding of this type of service by reading our What is a Celebration of Life Service article.
During a celebration of life memorial, your loved one’s ashes can be displayed. The most traditional way of displaying the ashes is having them placed in a lovely urn on a table. You can make your display unique with decor that is customized to fit your loved one’s personality, or your preferences.
Here are a few decor suggestions:
- Decorate a table with flowers in vases or baskets, or flower wreaths specifically designed for the occasion. We suggest something along the lines of this Sunflowers with Rose Heart Wreath or Red Roses and with Daisies in a Basket.
- Place multiple framed images of the person who has passed away. Images of them throughout the ages, some alone, and some with family and friends.
- Arrange sentimental items on the table with their ashes. This can be items that meant a lot to them, or that represent them as a person. For example, if they were a veteran, you can place their uniform or hat, and so on.
For more celebration of life decoration tips, you can refer to our article on After Funeral Service Decor Ideas. Additionally, if you live in the Las Vegas area, Lake Memorials in Summerlin has an outstanding venue for hosting celebration of life services. Their thoughtful staff is dedicated to taking care of every detail for you. If you have any questions, you can easily reach Lake Memorials at (702) 762-2812, or use their convenient online contact page.
Transform the Ashes of the Dearly Departed into a keepsake Diamond
Creating a diamond out of your loved one’s ashes is a beautiful idea that most people have not even heard of. It’s really the perfect way to memorialize the person you are missing. It allows you to keep them close to you within a diamond that will last for generations, an heirloom that can be kept within the family forever.
The diamonds are not just part ashes, part diamond, nor are they just a representation of a diamond. They are, in fact, real diamonds that are created from the ashes of the dearly departed. This is possible because diamonds are made from carbon, and the body actually contains 18 percent carbon. This element can be separated and purified, and used in the diamond creation process. In the end, you will be left with a stunning diamond that you can keep with you at all times. This is especially fitting when a husband passes away, a sister, brother, mother, and the like. Multiple diamonds can be created for additional family members. The diamonds can be placed in a ring setting, a necklace, and so on.
Lake Memorials in Las Vegas Commonly Asked Questions
Our memorial service venue in the Desert Shores area of Summerlin assists many people with their after funeral gatherings. Because of this, we have the experience needed to answer your questions pertaining to the subject of loss. Our caring and dedicated staff help families who need advice during a confusing time. We would like to share a few of our most common questions in the hopes of providing some additional information to help you along the way.
1. I’m going to a service where ashes will be spread for a family member who has lost their father, what sympathy gifts would be appropriate?
When a family member loses a father, it’s normal to want to be sensitive with the type of gift you give to the person who is grieving. Family members, especially those who were close to the dearly departed, tend to give more personal sympathy gifts that go beyond, or are in addition to, traditional flowers. This can include such things as money gifts that help with funeral expenses. Or gift cards that provide meals when most are not up to cooking during a time like this. You can read more in detail about this in our post – Las Vegas Sympathy Gift Ideas for Loss of Father.
2. Is it ok to split ashes between family members?
In the past, this was not very common, but today it’s done frequently. For instance, when there is a mother who passes away who has had several children, the only alternative would be to take turns having possession of the urn, or to split the ashes up into several earns. This is perfectly acceptable. In addition to this, some may choose to spread their loved one’s ashes in a specific location, but also keep a portion of them in an urn in their home. You can plan ahead and request that the ashes be placed in your desired number of urns. This would be best, as compared to trying to do this yourself. It’s not recommended due to the sensitivity of the situation.
3. Can You recommend additional ways of keeping my spouse’s memory alive?
There are many ways you can keep the memory of your spouse going for years to come. You can choose which idea is best for you based on things such as budget or preferences. Here are a few ideas that might just be right for you and your family:
- Host a celebration of life memorial gathering on anniversary milestone dates. This would include the 1-year mark, 5, 10, and so on. Lake Memorials in Las Vegas has fabulous banquet halls that were designed for this purpose.
- Dedicate a memorial bench in their name. There are companies out there that can make this happen for you. Depending on their program, the benches can be placed in specific areas such as parks and other beautiful settings. They will have your loved one’s name inscribed on the bench.
You can read more about these ideas in detail in our latest article on the topic of memorial ideas. You may also want to read our post titled – Keep Your Loved One’s Memory Alive After Their Memorial Service. It contains some additional ideas that may be helpful.
Lake Memorials Near Downtown Vegas is Here for You if the Need Arises
Deciding what to do with to memorialize your loved one’s ashes can be a confusing and difficult decision to make. With that said, we hope that this article has placed you on the right path. If you are in need of some additional ideas for memorializing the individual who has passed away, or if you would like to hold a celebration of life service at one of our post funeral Las Vegas reception halls or outdoor spaces, we can help. We understand just how difficult it is to lose someone close to you. We are here to make things easier for you. Feel free to contact us at (702) 762-2812. Our memorial service coordinators would be happy to assist you in any way possible.