What happens after your deceased loved one has been cremated? What do you and the other members of the family do with those cremated remains? One of the benefits of cremation is that it allows for many different options, allowing you to decide how best you'd like to preserve the memory of your loved one.
Customarily, the funeral home will provide you with an urn in which the cremated remains rest - but during the funeral planning process, you might ask about alternate ideas. For example, you can have some of your loved one's remains placed into jewelry and other keepsakes, allowing for elegant ways of holding onto their memory.
As for the urn itself, take care to select a style that meshes with the rest of your home décor - making it easy for you to proudly display the urn in a place of honor. Urns come in many different styles, from wooden to ceramic to metal; find one that fits in with the overall aesthetic of your home, not one that's going to stand out.
It's typical to have the urn in your home for a season, but ultimately, most families want their loved one to have a more "permanent destination" somewhere where there won't be any risk of the urn being bumped or broken. Interment in a cemetery is usually the most sensible approach.
You may also wish to request a smaller keepsake urn to have in your home. These miniature-version urns typically hold about three cubic inches of cremated remains, and as such they can make for more subtle, discreet additions to your home décor. Meanwhile, a larger urn can be interred at a cemetery in a cremation memorial, providing a hallowed place for your loved one's remains.