Cremation is a very popular method of final farewell in Australia. In fact, over 70% of deaths in Australia will end in cremation. The advantages of cremation are significant. Not only are they much more affordable, but they provide much more flexibility for families wanting to place a loved one’s final remains outside of a cemetery.

Often the most difficult decision for families is to decide what the right method of final farewell is for their loves ones. “When families are making their choice of the urn,” says Sherri Hauer, the vice president of products & services at Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries, “it’s important that they have a sense of the loved ones they are celebrating.”

The most important thing to keep in mind when planning a ashes ceremony is the nature of the person being farewell, and the nature of their relationship with the ones saying goodbye. This guide will take you through some of the options available and also provide some tips for planning.

Traditional Funeral Service

If you are hesitant to choose cremation because you would like to have a funeral service, there is no reason for concern. In many instances families will hold a traditional funeral service, with the actual cremation process carried out after the service is complete. This also allows for an open casket if you wish.

After the funeral service, you will still need to decide on final placement of the ashes. In some instances this allows for a more intimate ceremony, often where family alone attend.

Tree Planting Ceremony

An increasingly common form of final farewell is a tree planting ceremony. Trees represent life, and turning your loved into into a tree after death is seen by many as a way to create a enduring, living memory. This is particularly appropriate for anyone who had a strong affiliation with nature, or for families who would feel most connected to their loved one in nature.

In a tree planting ceremony, cremated remains are placed in a biodegradable urn, covered in a supporting root protect formula, and then planted alongside a young tree in the ground. The tree will grow, infused with the ashes of your loved one, creating an enduring memory that can always be revisited.

In many instances, the tree planting ceremony itself is attended by close family, and involves eulogies, prayers, memories and celebration.

Scattering at Sea

Just as you can have a burial at sea, you can also have a scattering at sea. This is particularly appropriate for people with a strong affinity for the ocean, or for families tied together by a love of the water.
You have probably seen people pouring the ashes the water from a boat or ship. However, there are numerous more accessible ways of having a sea scattering.

The most common method is to use a biodegradable water urn. These urns contain the ashes of your loved one, and will float for a while before beginning to dissolve and release the ashes. Often while the urn is floating final words are spoken and, in many instances, families will return to the place of releasing on special occasions.

Ashes Scattering Ceremony

The advantage of Bare Cremation is the ability for families to scatter ashes anywhere that is significant to them. This may be a family property, a favourite bush walk or a regular holiday destination.

In most cases, families choosing an ashes scattering ceremony will use specially designed scattering urns that will allow everyone to release a portion of the cremated remains during the ceremony.

In some cases, more than one ceremony is held, with ashes scattered in more than one place of significance.

What Ceremony is ideal for you?

When planning a ceremony are a Bare Cremation, the most important aspect you should consider is what would the deceased have loved for their final farewell? In call cases, further elements of personalisation can be added to ensure the ceremony is perfect for both your loved one and your family.

We hope we have helped in giving your loved one the ceremony they deserved.