Burial: An urn containing the cremated remains may be buried in an existing cemetery plot, or a new plot may be purchased.
Inurnment: An urn containing the cremated remains may be placed in a niche in an above-ground structure called a columbarium. This could be located outside or inside.
Shipping: You may wish for the cremated remains to be shipped to another state or country. The funeral home may be able to assist you in obtaining any additional documentation that may be required for shipment and, in some cases, the funeral home can facilitate the shipment of the urn.
Scattering and Cremation Gardens: Many of our cemeteries have areas on the grounds designed for scattering cremated remains called ‘cremation gardens’.
If you elect to scatter elsewhere, it is important to remember that once scattering has taken place, the cremated remains are irretrievable. Properties that are not dedicated for scattering may be bought and sold over time, which could make it impossible to visit the scattering site in the future.
Keep in mind that scattering on public property may offend some people and that there may be laws prohibiting scattering in certain areas; be sure to obtain authority before scattering cremated remains in a non-designated scattering area.
Keeping: Some families prefer to have the urn at home.