Two-thirds of Australians prefer cremation after death. This leaves behind a lot of ashes and prompts loved ones to find new and creative ways to scatter them. If you're due to pick up the ashes of your loved one from a crematorium soon, you may be looking for ideas on what to do with them. There's something quite lovely about an airborne scattering that sends your loved one far and wide. If your loved one was a keen traveller and loved to fly, then these suggestions might be the perfect choice for you.
Scatter Them from a Plane
An aerial scattering is an excellent choice for the ashes of a loved one who liked to travel. You can choose where you want the ashes to be released, knowing that they will travel far. This is a perfect end to a life lived seeing the world. Some services will allow you to board the plane to witness the scattering. If you opt not to, then most companies will provide a certificate with the details of when, where and what time the ashes were scattered, as well as a photo.
Launch Them into Space
Since some people believe that man originated from star dust, it seems a most fitting end to return to the stars. For somebody who once travelled, going to space could be the perfect final journey. It's not for everyone, as the cost can be astronomical. Prices vary depending on how deep into space the ashes go. Most companies will only send a portion of the ashes, which is ideal for those who would also like a memorial closer to home.
Send Them up in a Firework
Send your loved one out with a bang. You can choose the location of the firework display and the colour of the fireworks used to give it an entirely personal touch. Your loved one's ashes are then placed in fireworks where they are scattered as they go bang.
Send Them up in a Balloon
Send your loved one up into the stratosphere in a balloon. When the balloon pops, their scattered ashes behave like the dust in the upper atmosphere, circling the earth over and over until they eventually fall to earth in rain or snow. Think of it as a final round the world trip for your loved one. Look up knowing that they are doing in death what they loved to do in life -- travelling the world.
Whatever final journey you choose for your loved one, you can make a special event out of it. Include friends and family to wave them off one last time. It can be a final goodbye in a happy, celebratory way, which is something that can be difficult to achieve when emotions are raw. Talk to a company like Tony Hollands Funerals for more information on cremation, as well as to get additional ideas for scattering your loved one's ashes.