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Adelphi, MD cremations

Open Casket or Closed Casket?

With Adelphi, MD cremations, visitations and funeral services may be a part of the funeral plans before cremations are done. With some visitations, the casket is in the funeral parlor, but it remains closed throughout both the visitation and the funeral. However, with many visitations, the casket is open, with the deceased lying inside in repose.

Why would a casket be closed during the visitation and the funeral service? There are actually a couple of common reasons.

One reason may be that the family simply cannot handle seeing their loved one dead. They want their last memories of them to be when they were alive and living full, vibrant lives. They don’t want the view of death to be the last memory of their loved one that is etched into their minds.

Another reason why a casket might be closed is because the deceased is in no shape to be seen. Death could have been caused by a disease that literally caused the deceased to waste away. A horrible accident could have so disfigured the diseased that it would be unbearable for anyone to see them in that condition. The deceased could have been a victim of a violent crime that left them mangled. Or the deceased may have taken their own life using a very violent method, such as a gun.

However, if the casket is open during the visitation, should it stay open during the funeral service? There’s not a right or wrong answer to this question, but many people have strong feelings about it on side or the other.

Often times, the funeral director won’t ask if the family wants the casket open or closed during the funeral service. Instead, they will follow the general protocol of their funeral homes, unless requested to do otherwise.

If the casket is closed after the visitation, the funeral director will take the family into a private room while the casket is being closed. After the casket is closed, the funeral director will bring the family back into the funeral parlor where the service is being held.

This can actually be hard on the family because as the family walks out of the room, they know that’s their last goodbye to their loved one. They’re on view for all the mourners to see, so they may want to take their time to say goodbye in a different way, but instead they have only a second or two to walk by the casket as stoically as possible.

As the family’s sitting in the private room, they know what’s going on in the funeral parlor. That’s emotionally tough to sit there and wait, knowing what’s happening 10 or 15 feet away. And walking back in to see the casket closed is also very hard to deal with emotionally.

However, some people believe this is the right thing to do before the funeral service starts and they can be quite aghast when they attend a funeral service where the casket stays open during the service.

An open casket during the service prevents that awkward interruptive period of time where the family leaves and then the family comes back. An open casket during the funeral service also gives the family an opportunity to say goodbye in a way that isn’t rushed or so final. Since the casket isn’t closed until the family leaves the funeral home, they don’t have to deal with that jarring experience in person.

If you’d like to learn more about Adelphi, MD cremations, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can visit our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can call us today at (301) 937-1707.

Greenbelt, MD cremations

Sharing Photos Online Can Help with Grief

After Greenbelt, MD cremations, the intense part of grieving begins. As the shock and numbness from your loved one’s death wears off, people leave, and everybody else gets back to their own lives, you are left to take of the business that accompanies the end of a life and to deal with the reality of your loved one’s death and absence.

This can be a very isolating experience and it can seem, at times, that you are all alone in the grieving process. As you go through memories, whether it’s cleaning out closets, dressers, and desks or it’s going through old letters and pictures, or it’s simply passing by something your loved one wore or a present your loved one gave you, grief intensifies. You realize life is never going to be the same again.

Sharing photos of your love one online can be a very therapeutic act. While you may not know everyone in person that you’re connected to through social media, relationships on some level have been developed and cultivated. So you can share the photos and your thoughts and feelings and get comfort and support. All of this can decrease some of the depressing feelings of being all alone and that nobody else cares. It can also take away some of the feeling of being isolated in your grief.

What sharing photos on social media does psychologically is to allow you to reflect on the emotions that you are experiencing and to feel more connected to the memories of your loved one. It also invites people to share their memories of your loved one, if they knew them, and to offer solace if they didn’t know them.

It may take you a while to decide to share photos online. People deal with death and grief in very different ways. Some people just bare their souls right away and other people grieve more privately. Some people avoid anything that reminds them of their loved one for a period of time after death, because the reminder of loss is too painful for them to bear. Other people dig deep into everything about their loved one because it gives them a sense of comfort.

Whether you wait to share photos of your loved one online and share your memories of them and your feelings about their death or you start sharing photos right away and dig up every memory of your loved one you can possibly find is a personal choice.

Nobody’s in a position to know how you feel and what you’re going through except you. You don’t have to explain yourself to anybody. There is always a group of people in everyone’s life who will not be happy with certain choices. They may feel they have the right to criticize, judge, and, sadly, condemn, what they don’t understand or don’t agree with.

You’ll experience some hurtful things from other people during the grieving process. Even though they don’t mean to be intentionally hurtful, some people will cause you even more pain. With time and distance – and you’ll find yourself disconnecting from hurtful people, which is healthy – you will be able to see things more clearly and to forgive them, even if they’re no longer a part of your life.

If you’d like more information about grief resources after Greenbelt, MD cremations, you can talk with our expert staff at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can drop by our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can contact us today at (301) 937-1707.

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Are You Prepared to Die?

After cremations in Beltsville, MD, families of the deceased are faced with many tasks to wrap up the lives of loved ones who have died. If your family doesn’t have what they need to complete these tasks, life will be even more difficult for them than it is already with you gone.

There are several things that you need to have ready when you die.

One of those things is a legal document that is, at the very least, signed and dated by you that tells how you want your assets and your personal belongings distributed. There are several legal instruments that accomplish this for you to choose from.

The simplest of these is a will, which appoints an executor to carry out your wishes. You can either have an attorney draw the will up, or you can create it yourself using software or online websites for making wills. If an attorney does the will, they will take care of getting it witnessed and notarized, which makes the will less likely to be contested. If you create the will yourself, it’s legally-binding as long as you sign and date it, but you should have it witnessed and notarized if you’re able. There are notary services that can this, and if you have accounts at a bank, they will often provide this service at no cost.

Irrevocable and revocable trusts are the other two legal instruments to distribute assets and personal belongings.

Revocable trusts set up stipulations that cover both becoming mentally incapacitated – such as with dementia – and death. If you create a revocable trust (you will set it up with an asset of either cash or property) and you change your mind about beneficiaries, you can change the trust. Revocable trusts are not subject to probate.

Irrevocable trusts cannot be changed once they are set up. Even if you change your mind about beneficiaries down the road or you want to remove assets, you are not able to do so once an irrevocable trust is set up and funded.

The other things you need to have in place before you die are your digital assets. Whoever you want to handle finances needs to have your online banking login information (this does not mean they, while you’re living, have access to your money, unless you add them to the accounts).

You also need to document all online account information for credit cards, for investments, for shopping sites, and for pharmacies. After you die, credit cards will need to be cancelled, investments will need to be managed, shopping site accounts will need to be deleted, and auto-refill prescriptions at pharmacies will need to be stopped.

Additionally, access will be needed for the sites you use for digital device – smartphone, tablet, etc. – service if that plan needs to be cancelled after your death.

All email account information, social media account information, and other digital information also needs to be documented. You may have email accounts that are linked to financial and asset accounts that your family will need access to. Social media accounts might or might not be cancelled, depending on what your family decides to do with the accounts, but access will be needed. If you have your own website or blog or you self-publish books on a service like Amazon, your family will need to be able to access those accounts and decide whether to keep them active or to delete them.

If you’d like to about being prepared to die before cremations in Beltsville, MD, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can visit our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can call us today at (301) 937-1707.

cremations in College Park, MD

Happy Memories Come from Good End of Life Care

Good end of life care before death and cremations in College Park, MD may make our memories of our loved ones’ lives happier. In research from the Madame Curie charity (a UK organization that provides support for terminally ill patients and their families), more than a third of people surveyed felt that inadequate or poor end of life care besmirched the good memories they had of their loved ones.

For about a fifth of those surveyed, improved end of life care would have helped them remember their love ones with better and happier memories.

80% of those surveyed tied their good memories of the lives their loved ones lived to good and positive end of life care. Those same people believed that because their loved ones got excellent end of life care, they were better equipped to more easily move through the grieving process after their loved ones died.

The research suggests that how well our loved ones are taken care of by hospice or hospital organizations while they’re dying is directly related to how positively we remember their entire lives. There is some suggestion in this research that even in relationships that were not always easy, better memories could be formed if the loved one received good end of life care.

Losing a loved one is a traumatic and life-changing event. Emotions flood in and overwhelm people even before their loved ones have died. Those emotions just get stronger after death, and if end of life care was not adequate and it didn’t serve the loved ones and their families well, it can have damaging effects on how the loved ones are remembered by their families.

If anger swells every time the thought of the last few weeks, days, hours of a loved one’s life comes to mind because the hospice group or hospital staff was inattentive or even negligent, then it’s less likely that good memories of the entire life of our loved one will be able to come to the surface.

With the right care and support, the dying process can be calm and peaceful. The reality is that not all hospices and hospitals are equal, and while some provide excellent care, others do not. It can also be that you have acute home health care (just after a hospital stay), palliative home health care (continuous care after there’s no need for acute care and until hospice care is needed) and hospice care units within the same organization. But they all operate independently of each other.

The acute and palliative home health care could be wonderful, while the hospice care might be abysmal, or vice versa. It’s imperative to know that we have, as advocates for the ones we love, the right to fire any group that’s not providing quality care and replace them with an organization that will.

The last days of someone’s life are too important not to ensure that they have the best care available. And with the research showing the impact of that care on our memories of our loved ones’ lives as well as how well we are able to get through the intense grieving period, it’s just as important to us that our loved ones get good end of life care.

If you’d like more information about cremations in College Park, MD you can talk with our expert staff at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can drop by our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can contact us today at (301) 937-1707.

Adelphi, MD cremations

Famous Celebrity Graves

Even if Adelphi, MD cremations don’t include burial in a plot or an urn garden, burial sites of famous people who have died are places that people visit regularly. Some of them become shrines over time, as people leave flowers and other things to mark their sojourn there.

One famous celebrity grave is that of Princess Diana in Althorp, Northamptonshire (UK). Princess Diana caught the world’s attention when she became the bride of Prince Charles in the early 1980’s, and she held the world’s attention until her untimely death in a car accident in 1997. As news of her death spread around the globe, thousands of flowers were brought to be laid outside Buckingham Palace as her adoring public came to pay respects. However, Princess Diana’s final resting place is private, on a small island in a lake in Althrop. While only immediate family is allowed to visit her actual gravesite, visitors can go to the memorial built for her that sits beside the lake.

Another famous celebrity grave is that of Elvis Presley at Graceland in Memphis, TN. Graceland is often a tourist destination, which makes Elvis Presley’s grave on the most visited in the world (more than half a million people each year). Presley’s grave (as well as the graves of some of his family members) is located in Graceland’s Meditation Garden. Visitors gather to leave gifts, pray, or sing famous Presley hits.

Jim Morrison, founder and lead singer of The Doors, died in Paris on July 3, 1971 after ingesting a large amount of alcohol and drugs. Whether it was an intentional or unintentional overdose, the 27-year-old singer joined, in an astonishingly short space of time, two other 27-year-old rock celebrities, Jimi Hendrix (September 18, 1970) and Janis Joplin (October 4, 1970). His grave is enclosed by a metal fence in the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris, adorned with a simple headstone engraved with “True to himself.”

A luminary from the world of mathematics and science, Sir Isaac Newton’s grave is located in Westminster Abbey in London. Marked by a spectacular monument that epitomizes design styles of the 1700’s, Newton’s grave also has a sculpture of him leaning against scientific books while the globe that hangs over him shows the star constellations and each star of the Zodiac. It’s a truly beautiful grave to visit and many people flock to it year after year.

Reggae legend Bob Marley’s grave is located in Nine Mile, Jamaica. Within a gated compound that contains Marley’s childhood home and the Bob Marley Museum is Marley’s mausoleum. Guided tours are conducted around the compound, but photography within the mausoleum itself is prohibited. February 6, which is Marley’s birthday, is a national holiday in Jamaica and a Bob Marley musical festival is held by fans close to Nine Mile annually.

The renowned poet and bard, William Shakespeare, is entombed at Holy Trinity Church, in Shakespeare’s home of Stratford-upon-Avon, which is dedicated to all things Shakespeare. He is buried not far from where he was born, so going from cradle to grave didn’t require a great deal of distance. His gravestone reads: “Good friend, for Jesus’ sake forbeare, To dig the dust enclosed here; Blessed be the man that spares these stones, And cursed be he that moves my bones.”

If you’d like to learn more about Adelphi, MD cremations, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can visit our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can call us today at (301) 937-1707.

Greenbelt, MD cremations

Returning to Work after the Loss of a Loved One

Going back to work after Greenbelt, MD cremations is probably one of the toughest things adults have to do when someone dies. Unless a company has a generous bereavement policy, most employees get to take off three “free” days of work. They may, in the United States, be able to get more time off using personal time off (PTO) if their employer allows them to be gone longer than that (and many employers discourage it), and when they run out of PTO, then they can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off under the Family Leave Act, if the employer allow them to.

Since most Americans are hired as at-will employees, employers have the control over what they will allow as a reasonable amount of time away from the job (despite PTO and federal legislation in the Family Leave Act) before they replace the employee. So, whether a person is ready to return to work or not, most people head back to the office after their three days for bereavement are over.

But anyone who has experienced the loss of someone near and dear to them knows that three days is just the beginning of the grieving process, and trying to work while the intensity of grief is gripping every thought, every moment creates a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety (work will often be late or just unfinished and completed work will have errors, which is, quite frankly, not the person’s fault, but poor employment policies that don’t allow adequate time for people to get some semblance of their emotion balance back after they’ve lost somebody).

When people return to work after the death of loved ones, their emotions will be raw. It will be an almost surreal experience to be so emotionally taxed, in so much pain, and in the tight grip of grieve and see the workplace just humming along as usual.

Although some people may offer condolences, it’s far more likely that they’ll be expected to pick up right where they left off three days before. That may mean a looming deadline has to be met and the leadership team is breathing down their necks to get it done (and, depending on personalities, they may not be nice people to begin with, so this pressure will make them less nice and more hurtful). It may mean they’re expected to attend and participate in staff meetings or other kinds of meetings where, again, life goes on as it always has and whatever tenor normally accompanies these is the same, and that may be offensive in light of what the bereaved are experiencing.

Although it will be hard, there are a few strategies that can make things a little less hard.

One thing is to let the Human Resources (HR) department or manager know how they want to handle the death in terms of coworkers. Most people would rather not discuss it at work because it’s so emotional, so HR and/or management can pass that along and make things a little easier.

People who are grieving need to rehearse a few standard replies to small talk that will not make them seem rude, but will enable them to keep going and not have to engage in it for any length of time.

One of the problems will be focus, but grieving people can develop strategies for being more focused. To-do lists will help with organization and breaking projects down into bite-sized tasks – in order – will make them easier to tackle and to accomplish.

Another great strategy is to find a safe zone – somewhere quiet where grieving people can be alone. If the workplace has areas outside where it’s easy to walk uninterrupted, most people will find this to be one of the most therapeutic ways to get through the day, and the days ahead.

For more strategies for returning to work after Greenbelt, MD cremations you can talk with our expert staff at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can drop by our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can contact us today at (301) 937-1707.

cremations in Beltsville, MD

Understanding What “Dead” Means

Death happens before cremations in Beltsville, MD. However, there is more than one kind of death that can happen before people are officially declared dead.

One of these kinds of death is brain death. If there is no neurological activity, then a person is declared brain dead (which is considered being legally dead). However, through technology and medicine, the body can be kept alive, even though the brain is not functioning at all. For all intents and purposes, the body can be kept alive for years and years using artificial means.

Although it’s rare that people who have suffered brain death are kept on life support for an extended amount of time, it is very common for people who are brain dead to be kept alive for a short period of time, especially if they are organ donors, in order to keep the organs healthy until organ transplants can be arranged. When everything’s in place, then they are taken off life support, and the organs are harvested for transport to the recipients.

Another kind of death is circulatory death. This takes place when the heart stops beating, and blood stops circulating in the body to vital organs, including the brain (brain death can actually be the result of circulatory death). This is commonly known as cardiac arrest and, unless a person has a Do Not Resuscitate order in place, emergency responders or hospital staff will attempt to get the heart beating again, using CPR, adrenaline, and electric shock.

The longer the heart is not beating, the more likely that brain damage or brain death will occur (six minutes is the top amount of time that most medical experts say the brain can go before damage starts). If the heart is restarted before the brain dies completely, then significant brain damage has occurred, which leaves the person in a persistent vegetative state.

A persistent vegetative state is often referred to as “chronic wakefulness without awareness.” People in a persistent vegetative state are legally considered to be alive, so unless they have a living will that specifies that they don’t want any extraordinary measures taken, they are given feeding tubes and kept alive.

One of the most high-profile cases involving a persistent vegetative state was that of Terri Schiavo in the late part of the 20th century. Schiavo suffered cardiac arrest in 1990 and, as a result, was left with severe neurological damage before she was resuscitated. The hospital put a feeding tube in and kept her alive. Her parents and husband fought for 15 years to have the feeding tube removed because they all stated that Schiavo would not have wanted life prolonged with absolutely no chance of recovery (the 26-year-old did not have a living will, which is why it’s important for everyone to have one, regardless of age).

The state courts agreed with Schiavo’s husband and parents, but the Florida state legislature passed a bill that was known as Terri’s Law that gave then-Governor Jeb Bush the authority to prevent the feeding tube from being removed. The courts and the state legislature went back and forth, until Congress passed legislation that allowed the federal courts to intervene in the case. Schiavo’s feeding tube was removed on March 18, 2005, and she died 13 days later. The autopsy of her brain showed massive loss of neurons, with her brain weighing half of what a normal human brain weighs, and the medical examiner concluded that severe damage had left Schiavo blind and incapable or emotions or thinking.

If you’d like to learn about cremations in Beltsville, MD, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can visit our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can call us today at (301) 937-1707.

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Morticians: A History

Although a mortician’s services won’t be used in cremations in College Park, MD, they are an integral part of funeral homes and the services they provide. The fact is that some professions – and that of morticians is one – have serious PR problems when it comes to describing the work they do, especially when people don’t like to think about the nuts and bolts of the job.

Janitors are custodial technicians, garbage collectors have become waste management engineers and bartenders are mixologists. These names add glamour to jobs that don’t always have that much glamour involved in the actual work performed.

In much the same way, that is how morticians got their job title. Let’s clarify what morticians do: they prepare bodies, including embalming them, for visitations and burials. They were formerly called undertakers (which originally meant the person who undertook to make all the funeral arrangements but came to designate embalmers). However, the job was so closely tied to death that it took on a dark and sinister meaning as time passed.

This particular job in the funeral process is not very sexy (with the possible exception of Frederico Diaz, the mortician who talks to the dead in the HBO series Six Feet Under) nor is it one that many people are likely to choose as a profession.

The name change from undertakers to morticians was first proposed in 1895 in The Embalmers’ Monthly, a funeral business trade magazine. It sounded more user-friendly and it distanced itself from the business at hand, which was death.

During the Civil War, embalming became a standard funeral practice out of military necessity. Until then, only medical schools used embalming to preserve cadavers for research. After President Abraham Lincoln was embalmed for his trip (13 days) from Washington, DC to Springfield, IL where he would be buried, embalming became customary as part of funeral arrangements for burial.

It is a professional industry, and not one that just anyone can do. There is much education and training involved because morticians not only embalm the body, but they also handle cosmetic repairs and shaping (especially in the face, which can be contorted in death), washing and dressing the body, and washing and styling the hair.

Because it was a professional trade, practitioners wanted to leave the undertakers of the past (most of whom had little to no education) behind. This called for a new job title: mortician. The word mortician comes from the Latin root for death, mort, combined with the suffix from physician. The new word identified embalmers as scientifically-trained with strong links to the medical community.

Sometimes job title changes work and sometimes they don’t. Nobody liked the new job titled except for morticians. Word critics claimed that the title was loftier than the profession and it had an air of affectedness to it.

Word scholars didn’t like it because they said it violated the rules of forming new words. All the other words that ended with the same sound took the profession or things (mathematic, electric, physic, etc.) and added ian to the end. Mortician was the exception because the suffix was ician. Therefore, it was not a word.

But the morticians proved they were stronger than the critics, and the job title is still around today. Their word formation has been extended in the English language, not always well or successfully, but one that endures is beautician.

If you’d like more information about cremations in College Park, MD you can talk with our expert staff at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can drop by our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can contact us today at (301) 937-1707.

Adelphi, MD cremations

Death Abroad: Understanding Repatriation Services

Before Adelphi, MD cremations, when a loved one is traveling overseas, either for business or pleasure and they suddenly die, it can seem as though a million things need to be attended to, even in the midst of grief and shock over losing them.

As easy as it may be to get temporarily paralyzed when a shocking event like the sudden death of someone you love when the death occurs international, time is of the essence. Body repatriation (bring a body from a foreign country back to the United States) requires that a large amount of paperwork and procedures need to be filed or executed as quickly as possible.

The first things that happen when a loved one dies in a foreign country are that the local embassy contacts the State Department when then notifies the closest relatives of the death. The clock begins to tick at this point.

You need to contact the funeral home to assist you from this point on with repatriation services. The first thing the funeral home will do is to execute a “Next-of-Kin Affidavit,” and they will provide a signed “Letter of Instruction” that contains the details of how the body should be repatriated.

If the foreign officials are experiencing difficulty in confirming the identity of the deceased (death may have been a horrible car accident, a fire, or a boating accident where the body is not found right away), the deceased’s family may be asked to provide dental or medical records for the deceased. Because the process for repatriation of a body is different from country to country, the body must be handled according to the laws of the nation where the death happened.

In general, there are three options to choose from for international repatriation services.

The first option includes preparing the body by embalming it and returning it to the United States. A local funeral home in the country where the death took places will handle the embalming process and then have the body shipped back to America. Because many international embalming procedures are not done with the strict standards and regulations required in the United States, a viewing (or visitation) of the body is discouraged.

The second option for international repatriations is to have the body cremation in the country where the death occurred. Most countries, except those that are predominantly Catholic or Muslim, have an abundance of funeral homes that offer cremation. In countries where religious beliefs frown on cremation, there will be a much-limited choice of funeral homes that will offer cremation. The body may have to be transported to another location within the country to have the cremation done.

The third option is having the body buried locally in the nation where the death happened. This is, obviously, probably the least-favored option, but it may be the one that works best for the family. If the country allows foreign nationals to be buried there, then a local burial can be done. The family will work with the local embassy, which will make all the arrangements.

A footnote to international repatriations is that if the deceased is a victim of a crime, the local authorities will investigate, which will likely cause a delay in the body being transported back to the United States. Most of the time, an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

If you’d like to know more about repatriation services before Adelphi, MD cremations, you can talk with our knowledgeable team at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can visit our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can call us today at (301) 937-1707.

Greenbelt, MD cremations

What You Can Do with Cremains

After Greenbelt, MD cremations, the family often wonders what to do with the cremains of their loved one. There are many traditional options available.

One traditional option is to simply store the cremains in a decorative urn to display at home. Families who choose this option usually take turns storing the cremains at each family member’s home if they all live near each other. Otherwise a spouse or child will keep it at the main family home.

Another traditional choice is to store an urn with the cremains in a columbarium (a building that contains niches for urns) and marked with a gravestone. A third traditional choice is burying the cremains near a spouse in a cemetery plot or burying the cremains in an urn garden (a designated section in a cemetery just for burial of urns).

More personalized choices, though, are available as well.

Scattering the cremains is highly personalized because the location where the cremains are scattered is significant. It may have been the deceased’s favorite place in the world. It might be the place where an engagement or another important event took place. Sometimes cremains are scattered in a family garden or on family land. It’s important, though, to make sure that it is permissible to scatter cremains in the designated location. For state and national parks, a permit may need to be obtained.

Cremation jewelry (also known as memorial jewelry) is becoming a very popular choice for using a loved one’s cremains. These wearable items contain a small portion of the cremains, either stored in them or infused in them. They can be rings, pendants, bracelets, or necklaces. They keep the loved one near at all times, and this can often give family members comfort and consolation in the aftermath of death.

Another way to personalize the use of cremains is taking the loved one on a final trip. This is not a vacation, but a purposeful trip to destinations that were important to the deceased. Cremains are scattered either in meaningful places on the trip here in the United States or taking the cremains to an international location (either significant in travel or perhaps country of origin or where the deceased’s family lived) to be scattered. Taking cremains on an airplane requires adherence to TSA and airline regulations, but it is a fairly easy process to complete. If cremains is being taken internationally to be scattered, it’s best to check with that country’s embassy to find out what regulations exist and what protocols must be followed.

A fourth personalized way to use cremains is to make a living urn. Cremains are put into a biodegradable container along with seeds for plants or flowers. The container can be planted in a spot where friends and family can come to visit.

A very unusual personalized way to use cremains is as fireworks. The cremains are mixed with fireworks (there are companies that do this). The ensuing fireworks show both memorialize the deceased and scatter the ashes in an amazing way.

A final personalized way to use cremains is to mix a small portion of the cremains with tattoo ink and get a tattoo done with the ink. This option is not for the fainthearted, but it definitely ranks high in uniqueness.

For more ideas about what to do with cremains after Greenbelt, MD cremations you can talk with our expert staff at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A. You can drop by our funeral home at 4400 Powder Mill Rd., Beltsville, MD, 20705, or you can contact us today at (301) 937-1707.