Cremations in Australia are now the most popular method of saying goodbye to a loved one. In fact, in Adelaide, close to three-quarters of all funerals are cremations.

A common question we get asked at Sensible Funerals is what to do with a loved one’s ashes after cremation. Some people will specify their wishes in a pre-paid and pre-arranged funeral, but for those that don’t, here are some potential options.

Keep the ashes at your home

For many families, choosing to keep their loved one’s ashes at home after a cremation is the best option. Generally, the ashes are kept in an urn, but it really can be any container that you choose that is appropriate. This container can then be stored on the mantlepiece or in a prominent place in your home.

The urn or container may be something that your loved one has chosen beforehand. Or it might be something that you choose, that you believe would be fitting for your loved one. An urn that features his or her favourite colours, for example.

cremation urns

Cremation urn

Spread the ashes

Another common option following cremations in Adelaide is to spread your loved one’s ashes. You might choose to do this soon after the cremation or perhaps on a special day, such as your loved one’s birthday or a year after their passing.

Usually, when you spread the ashes you pick a location that is special to your loved one. Their garden, in the ocean or in a local park, for example.

You do need to remember that there are restrictions about where you can scatter a people’s ashes. Generally, if it’s a location you own there’s no issue, but for public locations or areas that are privately owned, you will need to seek permission, from the local council for example.

Memorial site

The third popular solution after cremations is to store or scatter the ashes at a memorial site in the Adelaide area. This can be an excellent option as it provides family and friends a physical location to visit and pay their respects in the future.

You will need to obviously pay for this option, but it does provide a destination to commemorate and celebrate your loved one’s life. For example, on special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and Christmases.

Let’s talk

Losing a close family member or friend is never an easy time and as well as deciding on a burial or cremation, there are a host of other decisions that need to be made, in the case of cremations in Adelaide, including what to do with the ashes.

At Sensible Funerals, we believe it shouldn’t cost a fortune for a funeral. We also want to make the process as simple as possible. This is why we’ll sit down with you to go over all the details and provide a package and options that suit you.

Find out how we’re making funerals dignified and respectful without costing a fortune. Phone us on (08) 8241 5655 or send us a message via our contact page.