Is it safe to dispose of human ash yourself?

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Is it safe to dispose of human ash yourself?

If you have just been handed over the ashes or cremated remains of a deceased family member, you may want to know what can be done with it. Finding a safe spot to dispose of the ashes is no less than a challenge.

However, with cremation in the United States growing more widespread than ever, there are a number of alternatives for how and where you can dispose of the ashes. There is an option of scattering the ashes, interment of cremated remains, storing it in an urn, etc.

Burial or internment is the most common option to dispose of the ashes. Some of the places where you can bury cremated remains are – cemetery, private land, urn garden plot and a columbarium niche.

Burial in a cemetery

Cemetery plots can be used to bury the ashes of the departed. As cremated remains occupy less area than a full body burial site, most cemeteries allow multiple ash burials in the same lot. With burial, you can visit the site whenever you want to and remember the late. Even though interment requires smaller divisions, it can still set you back by hundreds, or even thousands of dollars.

Burial in a private plot

You can also bury the cremated remains in your own land. For a number of families, burial of their deceased loved one in their private land is more personal. The regulations and laws about the burial on federal lands may vary depending on the state, but the permit for burial in your own property is easy to obtain.

Burial in an urn garden

Many cemeteries have specific sections dedicated to the internment of ashes, known as urn gardens. Some cemeteries will inter the ashes in the landscape, such as in a big stone, on a bench, in a fountain, or in other landscape elements, depending upon your budget and preferences.

Burial in a columbarium niche

You have an option of burying the cremated remains in an above-ground structure known as the columbarium. You can place your urn in small wall spaces inside the columbarium known as niches, which will then be sealed off by an identification plate.

If the ashes are not buried, there are plenty of things that can be done with it. You can scatter the ashes at places such as a beach, a hill, woods, etc., and if you want to keep the ashes to yourself, you can do so by storing them in ornamental urns. You can also create jewelry out of the ashes if you’d like. The possibilities are limitless and you just have to establish whether you want to retain it or dispose of it.

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