Decisions You Will Need to Make When Planning a Funeral

After my father passed away suddenly, my mother, siblings and I all struggled with planning his funeral. We were already in a state of shock and sorrow, and then we were overwhelmed with the options and decisions we had to make in regards to the funeral. Luckily for us, we worked with an amazing funeral home and funeral director who helped guide us through the process. I know how hard it is to plan a funeral and how many decisions need to be made. This website was created in order to give families preparing to lay a loved one to rest a guide of sorts that will help them determine what decisions will need to be made and information about those decisions. I extend my sympathies to you if you are in this position and hope my website helps to make things a little bit easier for you.

After Cremation: Deciding Where To Spread The Ashes


Every family manages the loss of a loved one in their own way. Some choose to have a burial and visit the grave on special occasions. Others prefer the idea of cremation but are not necessarily certain what to do with the ashes. There are a number of ways to dispose of ashes today. There are companies that will turn them into diamonds, add them to tattoo ink or mix them with fireworks and have them blasted into the sky. Of course, traditionalists may find these ideas unappealing, possibly even offensive. For them, the better method may be to spread the ashes in places that are meaningful. Here are few ideas that many others have preferred.

A Favorite Place

Many people have places they love to visit so much in life, they cannot imagine being separated from them permanently at death. This is why many choose to have their ashes scattered at their favorite ballpark or other sports arena. Additional places cold be a scenic park or lake where they picnicked with their family or spent summer days fishing, or off a mountain trail where they hiked every year.  

A Desired Destination

Some people pass away before they are able to live out all of their dreams. Family members can help them to reach one more goal by spreading their ashes somewhere they had hoped to go in life. A memorial trip can be very cathartic for family members who are helping their deceased loved one to final get where they wanted to be.

A Famous Landmark

Even if they never went there or were not obsessed with the place, people can still be drawn to a particular landmark. This is why many want their ashes scattered at the Grand Canyon, off the Eiffel Tower or through the dark waters of Loch Ness. For whatever reason, these destinations were important to them and where they would like to remain.

Their Own Hometown

Even though many people eventually will move away for school or career purposes, for most people there will never be a place as meaningful as their hometown. Deciding to have their ashes scattered in this area is something that many people can find comforting, particularly if they have many ancestors buried there as well.

It is important for anyone preparing to scatter ashes to learn about the local laws regarding how cremated remains can be handled. Every country, state and even individual municipalities can have different regulations. Some people enjoy planning a full ceremony and inviting friends and family, while others choose to handle it quietly and alone. Luckily, there is no wrong way or right way to say goodbye. With cremation, there are endless options for how the goodbyes are conducted, and it makes it easier for families to do what is necessary to help them to heal. 


28 March 2016