What Can You Do With Ashes? 1

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With a rise in the number of people opting for cremation over burial and the fact that more and more people are interested in doing something a little different with their ashes, we decided to take a look at what can be done with cremated remains once the funeral service is over. Although some may not appreciate using burial remains for such purposes, others love the idea of being able to remember lost family members in a unique way that speaks to the deceased’s interests and passions.


Below we take a look at seven different things that you can do with ashes. If any of them are particularly appealing to you, be sure to specify what you would like done with your ashes within your funeral plan.



Arguably the most conventional thing that can be done with your loved one’s ashes, scattering remains a popular choice. Typically, people will scatter ashes at a place that holds some special significance to the deceased. Nature spots where you used to go for walks, favourite viewpoints and places where the deceased spent a lot of time could all be good places to scatter cremated remains.


Becoming a diamond

Thanks to the miracles of 21st century science, it’s possible to turn the ashes of your loved one into a diamond. Natural diamonds take between 1 to 3.3 billion years to be created, but in a specially built laboratory that simulates the heat and pressure that creates a diamond, this can be cut to around twenty-four weeks.

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Becoming a coral reef

There are a number of businesses out there that will use cremated remains along with concrete to build coral reefs underwater, creating new habitats for fish and other sea life. Perfect for those that want to return to nature and give something back after death, the process has proved incredibly popular with over 1,800 such reefs already built on the east coast of the United States.



If you were thinking of getting a tattoo to remember a relative, why not go one step further and have a special memorial tattoo done. For this service, a qualified tattoo artist will mix the ink with some of the deceased’s cremated remains in order to complete a design of your choosing.


Pressing into vinyl

For those with a passion for music, perhaps there’s nothing better than becoming one with the sounds of your favourite band or musician upon death. If that’s the case, its now possible to have your ashes pressed into a vinyl record. Your loved one’s ashes will then become up to twenty-four minutes of a sound of your choice. Popular choices are recorded farewells, the voice of the deceased, their favourite music or perhaps music that they made but never released. The simple and satisfying pop and crackle of the needle on a record, and the warmth of a vinyl pressing can make you forget that your loved one has passed, if only temporarily.

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Travelling to outer space

There are now a number of commercial space flight operators offering a service by which cremated remains are flown into space and left to drift amongst the stars. If your loved one’s one wish in life was to go to the moon, maybe having their remains strapped to a rocket and shot into space is the next best thing.

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Going out with a bang

Finally, if you or a recently deceased family member always wanted to go out with a bang, it’s now possible to do so. A few companies provide a service in which your remains are packaged into fireworks that can then be let off at the end of a memorial service or family gathering, ensuring that you’re remembered in style.

Read our tips on how to create a personal funeral service for more like this.

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Baptist Funeral Customs 0

Baptist Funeral Customs

The Baptist churches have their origins in the reformation movement in Europe. Baptism spread from Amsterdam to England and then across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States, where the largest Baptist congregations are now based.

The fundamental principle on which Baptism differentiates itself from other Christian churches is ‘believer’s baptism’. Whereas other parts of the Christian faith baptise infants at a very young age, Baptists believe that you need to be able to personally affirm your faith if the process is to hold any spiritual significance. Here, we take a look at the beliefs, customs and traditions surrounding Baptist funerals.


Baptist beliefs

There is great variety in tradition, custom and belief among Baptists and this fact is reflected in Baptist funerals. While all Baptists are joined in the belief that only those who profess their faith in Jesus Christ should be baptised, other theological differences aren’t as divisive as in other sects of the Christian faith. This means funeral services can be personalised to a greater extent to reflect the life and opinions of the deceased. It also means there are diverse opinions on what death means. However, most Baptists believe that those people with faith in Jesus Christ will find salvation in him and go on to live forever by his side in heaven.


Baptist funeral customs

Diversity of belief between Baptist congregations means that some funerals will be joyous celebrations, while others will be more sombre affairs. The first step in organising a Baptist funeral is contacting the local deacon or pastor. They will assist in organising the funeral and ensure everything is as it should be.

Baptist Funeral CustomsA viewing service is common amongst Baptist congregations. This gives friends and family the opportunity to pay their respects and usually takes place a day or two before the funeral. The funeral itself is led by the local deacon or pastor. Often the casket is closed at the beginning of the service. In many cases, the service and readings will focus on the power of God and His role within everyone’s lives. It’s not unusual for there to be little said about the deceased’s life. Music and the reading of scripture both play an important part in Baptist funerals and both religious and popular music may be heard.

Once the service is complete, it is traditional for prayers to be said and scripture read by the grave site. Once the coffin has been lowered into the ground, the mourners often disperse and reconvene at a reception at the family home, the church or a public space. Food is sometimes provided and it’s usual for mourners to contribute to the meal.


Baptist Funeral etiquette and other customs

Traditionally, mourners are expected to dress respectfully in black and clothes that reveal too much skin are not considered appropriate. However, some families may ask mourners to dress in brightly coloured clothes in honour of the deceased. Sending flowers to the family of the deceased is also common, although individuals may be asked to donate to charity instead.

Catholic Funeral Customs 0

catholic funeral customs

The Catholic Church is one of oldest religious institutions in the world and boasts a worldwide following of around 1.29 billion people. It has had a major impact on western thought, society, culture and politics, and has shaped the way many individuals think about death. Here, we take a look at the religion’s beliefs concerning death and explore the Catholic funeral customs.

Many of our funeral directors cater for Catholic funeral services. Find and contact a funeral director near you today.

Catholic beliefs

Catholics believe that each person’s soul is immortal and that, at the moment of death, the body and soul separate. While the body, devoid of the spirit that animated it, begins to decompose, the soul is taken to be judged by God. It is then either granted eternal life in Heaven or damned to an eternity in Hell.

However, not all of those granted access to Heaven are quite ready to pass through the pearly gates. Those who have lived a just enough life to reach Heaven but that are still due punishment for some as yet accounted for sin, spend time in Purgatory. Purgatory is a temporary state that purges the soul of sin and fully prepares an individual for Heaven.

catholic funeral customs

Catholic funeral customs

Catholicism maintains its own distinct traditions that differentiate it from other Christian traditions. When death is imminent, a priest is usually called to administer the dying person’s last rites. Traditionally, there are three stages to a Catholic funeral. The vigil – where friends and family gather to watch over the deceased’s body or cremated ashes and pray that their soul reaches heaven. The funeral mass – which takes place at the church and involves the casket or urn being carried to the front of the church and a memorial service led by the local priest. Finally, there is the burial – where the remains of the deceased are taken to their burial place and a priest commits them to the Earth.

Etiquette and other customs

catholic funeral customs

Catholicism is a large and widespread religion that can differ from region to region and that is also open to doctrinal differences. This means that what’s acceptable in a Catholic funeral on one occasion, may not be on another. For instance, in some Catholic communities, cremation is not acceptable. However, in recent years, Catholic religious authorities have shifted their position and many churches won’t have a problem with cremation.

The Catholic Church holds no objection to organ donation, as mainstream religious doctrine supports the idea that once brain function ceases, the soul has departed the body. Likewise, embalming the deceased’s body is common practice if a vigil is to be held and the Church is in no way opposed to embalming.

As a non-Catholic attending a Catholic funeral, you can take part in the entire ceremony but won’t be expected to take Holy Communion, as it’s a practice reserved for those of Catholic faith. After the funeral service, it is common practice for a less formal memorial event to take place at a relative’s home, a pub or another local venue. However, such an event is not a formal part of the service and not all Catholic funerals will end with one.