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What Causes Healthy Young People to Die from COVID-19?

Determining the cause of death can be one of the cremation services offered in Burtonsville, MD. When elderly people die, autopsies are seldom performed, unless there is some external evidence that they died an unnatural death. However, when younger people die suddenly, it is very common for autopsies to be performed to determine the cause of death.

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the United States and the rest of the world, the working premise of health care professionals is that older people, especially those with other health conditions, are more likely to develop the worst symptoms of COVID-19 and to die from them.

That makes sense from a scientific standpoint. However, as the pandemic continues its march across the world, more and more cases of young healthy people contracting COVID-19, developing serious symptoms, and dying from it are emerging.

Consider 30-year-old Ben Luderer of New Jersey. His wife and he both were infected with COVID-19. His wife had some mild symptoms and got better. Ben’s symptoms were mild at first, as well, but on Friday, March 27, 2020, they suddenly became serious enough that Ben decided he needed to go to the hospital.

Ben’s wife drove him to the emergency room. While she waited in the car (because no visitors were allowed into the hospital), Ben received oxygen, fluids, and Tylenol. He was sent home later that night with the instructions to “Keep doing what you’re doing.”

By Sunday, Ben began to feel better and looked like he was over the hump of the worst of the symptoms of COVID-19. He got up and he ate dinner for the first time in days.

However, within a few hours, Ben’s serious symptoms returned, including profuse sweating and difficulty breathing. His wife asked Ben if he needed to go back to the hospital. Ben said he wasn’t sure.

Ben and his wife were sleeping apart in line with quarantine protocol, but they texted back and forth from the bedroom, where Ben was, and the living room, where his wife was. They worked on getting Ben’s breathing regulated and getting his raging fever under control.

Ben finally was able to go to sleep. His wife fell asleep listening to the now-rhythmic sound of Ben’s breathing. When she woke up at 2 a.m., she checked on Ben and his breathing seemed normal and unlabored. However, when she awoke at 6 a.m., she didn’t hear Ben breathing. He had died in the four hours since she’d last looked in on him.

These COVID-19 deaths have doctors puzzled because there are no underlying health issues or aging concerns that those who they think have a greater risk of dying have.

However, there are some suspects that may be identified as culprits when the virus is better understood. One suspect is a gene variation in the ACE2 gene. ACE2 is an enzyme that attaches to the outside surface of the heart and the lungs, and researchers think that some sort of mutation in this gene may make it harder or easier for COVID-19 to penetrate cells in the lungs.

Another suspect is the substance that the body produces that helps the lungs contract and expand well. This is known as surfactant. If the body produces enough of this substance, the lungs work very well when they expand and contract (easy breathing). If the body doesn’t produce enough, the lungs get rigid and don’t expand and contract well (labored breathing).

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These are just two of the unknowns about COVID-19. There are many more. With time, answers will come. Until then, stay safe.

If you want information about cremation services offered in Burtonsville, MD, you can talk with our expert staff at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A.

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Find Purpose in Your Life While You’re Alive

Sharing stories and memories are part of the cremation services heard in Greenbelt, MD. They paint a picture of someone who was loved and who has died. How you live now is what will influence the kinds of stories and memories that are shared at your cremation services.

Living life with purpose – find what is meaningful for you, important to you, and what you’re passionate about and incorporate it into the fabric of your life – is something you can start doing today. Perhaps you already have elements of this in your life, but they are not as fully integrated nor do you get to embrace them as often as you’d like to.

You may be passionate about helping other people. Whether you’re the person who always takes a meal to the neighbor whose loved one died, who had a baby, or who has a family member who is sick or in the hospital, or you’re involved in serving the needs of people in your community by volunteering, you may find that you don’t get to take advantage of these opportunities as much as you’d like because you’re too busy doing other things.

It’s always helpful when you want to have a purpose in your life and everything else seems to be getting in the way to stop and think about the day you die. What are you doing now that will matter then and what won’t?

Most of us don’t like to contemplate our own deaths, but when you stop to think about the end, it gives you a chance to rethink the present and focus on those things that matter most in life. The Pulitzer-Prize winning Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman wrote a soul-searching column about this in “The Company Man.”

We can get so focused on the busyness of our lives – much of which can be spent running in circles without getting anywhere or jumping from one thing to another or trying to juggle several things at the same time and never getting anything accomplished – that we lose the purpose and the passion of our lives.

We can be strangers to our own families and mysteries to our neighbors and friends because we never stopped to share our lives, our hopes, our dreams, and our passions with them. Is that the way you want to die? Of course not.

So, now is the time to reclaim your life and fill it with purpose and meaning. Purpose and meaning often come into your life when you change your focus from yourself to other people. We live in a society that encourages focus on “me” and “I.”

Look at your social media accounts right now. For the most part, they are full of posts from people talking about themselves, admiring themselves, and espousing their ideas and their opinions. They’re looking for people to admire them as much as they admire themselves and every thumbs up or heart gives them that hit of dopamine that reinforces their focus on themselves.

But dopamine rushes from adulation are temporary and they don’t fill your soul in a deep and meaningful way that purpose, with a focus on helping, serving, and doing for other people – even if it’s just your immediate family or your closest group of friends – does.

When you die, your purpose and your passion will be interwoven in the stories and memories shared about you. That will be the legacy of your life and what you will pass on to those you leave behind.

If you want more information about cremation services offered in Greenbelt, MD, you can talk with our expert staff at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A.

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Cremation Services Regulations

All cremation services offered in Beltsville, MD must follow industry and government regulations. Some of the laws and rules about cremation services differ slightly at the state level, but there are several that are the same or similar throughout the United States.

One regulation is that all cremations must be authorized by a designated family member. Usually, this is the person who is the executor of the deceased’s will or their trustee. If the deceased dies intestate (without a will or trust), then the next of kin rules apply as to who can authorize the cremation.

In Maryland, the next of kin is defined as:

  • Spouse
  • Children
  • Parents
  • Siblings

If no spouse survives and children are under the age of 18, then the deceased’s parents are the default next of kin if they are living; otherwise, the deceased’s siblings are the default next of kin.

Cremations cannot be done without a cremation permit. The funeral home will obtain the cremation permit from the designated local government agency once they have filed the death certificate and cremation authorization for the deceased.

All funeral homes and crematories that offer cremation services must have cremation provider licenses. This means that funeral homes and crematories are licensed and certified by governing agencies and ensures that they adhere to all rules and regulations, which are designed to preserve the dignity and respect of the deceased and to protect consumers from fraudulent practices.

Caskets are not required for cremations. However, most American states require that people who are cremated be placed in rigid, fully combustible (with no metal) containers before they are cremated. If you want your loved one cremated in a casket, the funeral home can help you select a fully combustible casket prior to your loved one’s cremation.

There are very strict laws in place about how cremation remains can be handled and what can and can’t be done with them. For example, one person’s cremation remains can’t be mixed with another person’s cremation remains without explicit permission given by the deceased before they died (for instance, in the case of spouses).

In most cases, however, where spouses die at the same time and are cremated, even if they’re placed together in an urn or columbarium niche, their remains are placed in separate plastic bags and put inside the urn or container side by side.

Additionally, there are specific laws about where cremation remains can be scattered. For instance, if you want to scatter your loved one’s cremation remains on private property that you and your family don’t own, then you are required to get the property owner’s permission before you scatter the remains. As well, if you want to scatter cremation remains at a public beach or in a national park, you need to check with the governing agency for either rules or permission before doing so.

When a loved one is being cremated and the body must be transported from one state to another, the body may need to be embalmed. Usually, if more than 24 hours elapse after your loved one dies, then the body will need to be embalmed for transportation. In general, most interstate transportation of deceased loved ones will take more than 24 hours to complete, so it is very likely that they will need to be embalmed at the funeral home where they are being transported from.

The funeral home will arrange for interstate transportation by hearse (if the distance is drivable) or airline (if the distance isn’t drivable) and they will provide appropriate containers for the transportation of the deceased for either mode.

If you want more information about cremation services offered in Beltsville, MD, you can talk with our expert staff at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A.

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Planning Cremation Services

Planning cremation services in Burtonsville, MD is something that your funeral director is very familiar with. The funeral home can give you guidance and provide all the support you need to make sure that cremation services for your loved one go smoothly and fulfill all the needs and wishes that you and your family have in the wake of your loss.

The first step in the cremation services process is the transportation of your loved one’s body from the place of death to the funeral home. If your loved one died in a hospital, someone from the hospital staff will make these transportation arrangements. If your loved one was in hospice care at home, the hospice nurse who comes at the time of death will contact the funeral home for transport.

One or two staff members will come to your home to remove your loved one’s body and take it to the funeral home. The process is very dignified and your loved one’s body – and you and your family – are given utmost respect throughout this process.

The second part of planning cremation services is to decide what type of cremation you want for your loved one. There are two different options: direct cremation and traditional cremation.

When you choose a direct cremation, your loved one is cremated without a service before their cremation. People who chose direct cremation for their loved ones typically hold a memorial service or some other type of service (scattering the cremation remains, etc.) at a later date.

The benefit of having a direct cremation with a service at a later time is that it gives you and your family time to plan a unique way to remember your loved one and it gives those who wish (if the service is public) or those who are invited (if the service is private) the time to plan to be at the service. This is especially helpful if people will be traveling to the service and need to make work, travel, and lodging arrangements.

When you choose a traditional cremation for your loved one, a service is held before they are cremated. You may choose to have a visitation or viewing, which is then followed by the service. If you choose to have a viewing and have the body of your loved one at the service, you will be required to have the body embalmed (having the body embalmed is not required for direct cremations or for cremations, such as in the Jewish faith, that occur within a day or two after death).

To have your loved one cremation, the funeral home will require you to sign a cremation authorization form. The cremation authorization form gives the funeral home the authority to cremate your loved one, following strict guidelines that ensure that their identity is confirmed throughout the cremation process, ensuring that their cremation remains are the cremation remains that are returned to you.

The next cremation service will be getting death certificates. You will need several copies of the death certificate to handle financial, insurance, and property matters after your loved one’s death. You should plan on getting 15 or 20 copies of the death certificate (you can order additional copies for a fee) to start with.

Finally, you will plan a service to honor the memory of your loved one. You may decide on a more structured memorial service held at the funeral home or a church, or you may decide on a personalized service that highlights a passion or hobby of your loved one. The funeral home will assist you in making all the necessary arrangements.

If you want more information about cremation services offered in Burtonsville, MD, you can talk with our expert staff at Donald V. Borgwardt Funeral Home, P.A.

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Walking Drunk is Deadly

Cremations are one of the cremation services offered in Greenbelt, MD. Some people who die and are cremated have died untimely deaths after being hit by a vehicle while they are walking. Pedestrian deaths are an increasing concern in areas that experiencing a high rate of growth and the increasing vehicle traffic that comes with that growth.

Many pedestrians who are killed are not doing anything wrong or illegal. They are walking in designated walking areas, such as sidewalks or walking trails, or they are legally crossing streets in designated crosswalks going with the traffic flow.

Drivers have become much more careless and less attentive because of all the distractions that can happen inside a vehicle. Distractions can include looking down to see who texted them or a social media update, checking GPS directions, or finding a song on a streaming music service. Distractions can also include talking to other passengers, eating, grooming, or picking something up that fell on the floor.

It takes only an instant of distraction to put pedestrians’ lives in mortal danger. Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable to being killed when they’re hit by a vehicle because they have no protection against the weight and force of something that weighs between 4,000 (the approximate weight of a passenger vehicle) and 80,000 pounds (this is the approximate weight of fully-loaded tractor-trailer trucks).

These kinds of deadly accidents happen every day, and nobody who is walking for recreation or simply to get from one side of the street to the other is immune to become a victim of them.

However, people who spent the night drinking pose another kind of pedestrian death hazard. When the restaurants and bars begin to close in the wee hours of the morning, the sidewalks and streets have more people who are not entirely sober walking on them.

When people aren’t sober, they are less aware of their surroundings and potential dangers. Alcohol dulls the senses so that people may think they’re walking, for instance, on a sidewalk or well of the road, when they are actually walking in the middle of the road.

Alcohol slows thinking perception and reaction time. When someone who is not sober decides to walk across a street, the time between the moment they decide it’s safe to cross the street and the moment they actually do it is significantly longer than for someone who is sober.

So, while it may have been safe to cross the street when they made the decision, it was not safe to cross by the time they did it. However, because perception is also altered under the influence of alcohol, the walker may have thought it was safe to cross the street when it, in fact, was not.

Alcohol also severely affects balance. So, when someone who is not sober is walking, they may zigzag between being on a sidewalk and not or safely off the side of the road and suddenly on the road.

All of these factors make walking drunk a potentially deadly action. Often, when drunk pedestrians are hit by a vehicle, the driver will say they came out of nowhere and it was impossible to stop in time to avoid hitting them.

The best solution to this is to have someone sober drive them home, even if “it’s just around the corner.” Whether that’s a designated driver, a taxi, or rideshare, it’s a much safer alternative to walking when a person has been drinking.

If you want information about cremation services offered in Greenbelt, 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.

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Planning for Death

Cremations are among the cremation services offered in Beltsville, MD. But before cremations comes death, and before death comes life. You may have a very detailed and full plan of the things you want to accomplish, do, and see during your lifetime. You are probably actively working right now toward something that has been on your life plan for a very long time.

If it’s a special anniversary trip or a long-awaited family reunion or a much-anticipated wedding, lots of effort, energy, and planning is going into it to make sure everything is just right. You’re carefully setting aside time and money to make this significant event happen.

Your death, however, will be the last significant event in your life. Have you spent the same kind of time and effort to prepare for it? If you haven’t, here are a few things you need to do to get ready.

First, have a will done. Wills are a legal mechanism that lets you distribute your personal property and assets to the people you want to have them after you have died. If you die without a will, then your estate will go into probate and a judge will decide how your personal property and assets are distributed. Their decisions about distribution are not likely to match your decisions about distribution.

Second, make sure you have an advance directive. Advance directives include things like a medical power of attorney, a living will, a Do Not Resuscitate order, a Do Not Intubate order, and a durable power of attorney. Except for the durable power of attorney, which lets you appoint someone to handle your legal and financial affairs if you are alive, but unable to do so yourself, the rest of the legal documents let you specify what kind of medical care you want at the end of life and who you want to make medical decisions for you if you cannot make them yourself.

One of the most important ways you can plan for death is to get your financial affairs in order. Hiring a financial planner may be the best way to ensure that your assets are taken care of and that your debts are paid off as quickly as possible.

One thing most financial planners will tell people who are planning for death is to reduce the amount of credit (and credit cards and credit accounts) they have. They will also advise couples who’ve had joint financial accounts all of their married lives to each get small separate bank accounts in their own name and at least one major credit card in their name only so that each of them can establish their own credit record.

After you’ve met with a financial advisor, create a list of all your assets. Be sure to include account numbers, online access information, and any other pertinent information that your spouse or executor will need to handle the assets. Don’t forget to include burial insurance policies and all life insurance policies that you have.

Create a document that spells out your funeral wishes. Be as detailed and as specific as possible so that your spouse and family know exactly what you want and don’t want.

Finally, give a copy of your advance directive documents to the person (or people) you’ve chosen to be your medical power of attorney and your durable power of attorney. Be sure that your spouse or your executor (if they’re not the same) have a copy of your will and a copy of your list of assets.

If you want more information about planning for death before cremation services in Beltsville, 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.

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Emotions of the Dying

Before cremations as part of the cremation services offered in Burtonsville, MD, we may be caregiving for a loved one who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness or who has a chronic disease that will eventually lead to death. While we – and much of the online and offline literature – tend to focus on how we feel while our loved ones are dying and after they die, we can often forget to consider what our dying loved one may be experiencing emotionally.

Having insight into the emotions of the dying can help us in how we respond to them. After all, we’re not the only ones experiencing loss. In fact, in a sense, we’re experiencing loss vicariously through them because they are the ones who are actually dying and actually losing their lives.

Thinking from that perspective should give us more patience, more mercy, more compassion, and more gentleness in how we deal with our dying loved ones and how we consistently respond to them, even in the times when they may be very agitated or restless and we are exhausted from trying to keep up with them.

One of the emotions that our dying loved ones may be experiencing is fear. Fear of dying is not uncommon, but if we can pinpoint what aspect of dying our loved ones are afraid of, then we might be able to find ways to ease their fear.

Some people are afraid of dying alone. Some people are afraid of dying away from home. Some people are afraid that death will be painful. Some people are afraid of what happens – or doesn’t happen – after death. Some people are afraid that their lives had no meaning or purpose and that they’ll be forgotten after they die.

Another emotion that our dying loved ones may experience is anger. This emotion may be harder for our loved ones to quantify in a way that’s understandable. Sometimes, people just aren’t ready to die. Other times, people feel like they’ve been cheated out of a full life. If our loved ones did things that brought them to the point of dying, they may be angry at themselves.

Whatever the anger is about, it often gets directed at those closest to our loved ones. There may be no way to soothe that anger, but we can minimize it by not responding to it with anger. That’s a lot easier said than done. But anger breeds anger.

If we feel our anger rising in response to our dying loved one’s anger, then it’s good to give ourselves a timeout. Walk away for a little bit. Breathe deeply. Calm down. But most of all, we should not get angry in return nor should we try to reason with it because those things will just escalate the situation.

Other emotions that our loved ones may be experiencing are guilt and regret. It’s normal when we’re facing death to reflect on our lives. In that reflection, we may find opportunities that we lost and regret that we lost them or things that we should have done or said or that we said or did that we feel guilty about.

We can help our loved ones by, if some of their regrets and guilt are about their relationship with us, is to let them know that we’ve forgiven them and we don’t hold anything against them. They may still have unresolved guilt and regrets, but we should do everything in our power to make sure that those are not related to us.

If you want information about cremation services offered in Burtonsville, 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.

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Why Some Deaths Are Not Peaceful

Before cremations as part of the cremation services offered in Greenbelt, MD, most people, if they don’t die suddenly or unexpectedly, who are dying go through a process physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. For some people, the process is very peaceful as they come to the end of their lives. However, for other people, the process is not peaceful

There are many reasons why a death may not be peaceful. Much of this has to do with not actually preparing for death and having it as unfinished business.

One reason why a death may not be peaceful is that the person hasn’t thought about their life ending. Because we live in a society where death is a subject that many people studiously avoid talking about, there are people who live their entire lives without ever having the conscious realization that they will die.

Therefore, when these people get the news that they have a terminal illness or that death is approaching, it’s shocking. They are unable to quite grasp that their time is finite and it will be over soon.

With the knowledge that death is approaching, more questions than answers arise. Since these people haven’t thought about dying, they also haven’t thought about what they want in terms of care at the end of their lives and they haven’t thought about the final note to their lives, which is their funerals.

The stress and anxiety of a terminal illness can make it a lot more difficult to make clear, thoughtful, and logical decisions about end-of-life care and funeral wishes. This leads to a lack of peace.

Another reason why people might not have peaceful deaths is because they haven’t talked to their loved ones about their deaths. They may not have advance care directives in place and they may not have wills or revocable trusts to direct how their estates should be distributed and to whom they should be distributed.

Additionally, there is often unfinished business in close relationships that can lead to a lack of peace at the end of life. There may be rifts that the dying person wants to mend and they may not have time or the person they want to mend them with has no interest in reconciling.

There may be misunderstandings and hard feelings that need to be addressed and resolved and there may be no way or no time to do that when someone receives a terminal diagnosis. There may also be amends that the dying person wants to make with people who matter to them and it may be impossible to do that.

All of these can make dying an unpeaceful process.

Some people just live unhappy lives. If a person has lived unhappily, they will die unhappily. People who have been unhappy all their lives have never learned to accept life as it comes and make the best of it. Instead, they’ve felt that life has been unfair to them or they’ve gotten the short end of the stick from life, and they’ve been unhappy because of that. This can lead to unpeaceful death.

A final reason why people may not experience a peaceful death is that they’ve held on to resentments against other people or they’ve held on to regrets about things that have come and gone and can’t be changed. In short, they’ve not known how to forgive and to get and move on emotionally, which can make dying a very unpeaceful experience.

If you want information about cremation services offered in Greenbelt, 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.

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Death Cleaning: A Gift You Leave Behind

Imagine this. After your cremation, part of the cremation services offered in Beltsville, MD, your family goes to your home to begin the process of taking care of the final details that need to be attended to after your death.

This was the home you and your spouse settled into as a final destination and where your children spent their formative years until they left the nest for college and then careers that took them all over the country or the world. This was the home where the entire immediate family, and often extended family as well, gathered for milestone events and for holidays.

Overall the time you lived there, you accumulated stuff. Some of this stuff has monetary value, has sentimental value, or is heirlooms that your family will want to keep. But the odds are good that much of the stuff in your home could have been thrown away or given away before you died.

Now your family has the task of deciding what should stay and what should go and then actually getting rid of the stuff that goes. They have a lot of work ahead of them, and that work may be accompanied by dilemmas and unnecessary stress as they go through the process of decluttering your home.

Now come back to the present, to this moment right now while you’re still alive. Is this the ideal scenario that you imagine for your family after you die? If it’s not, and for most of us, it isn’t, then now is the time to start doing something about it.

Before you go into overdrive and start throwing or giving everything away in a decluttering spread, you need to make a smart plan that takes into account the things in your home that you or your family may want to or should keep.

If you have family members close by, enlist their help in going from room to room to make an inventory and to decide what should be and shouldn’t be kept. If none of your immediate family lives close enough to help with this project, then enlist the help of a close friend.

You may find things that you don’t personally want to keep, but maybe something that one of your family members might want. This is a good way to start talking with your family about your own end-of-life planning. For those items, let your family know what you’re doing and give them the opportunity to get those things.

Be sure, however, to put a reasonable time limit – perhaps the next time they plan to visit – on how long you will keep it for them, and let them know that you will give or throw it away once that time limit has been reached.

If you have things that you have already decided to leave for certain family members, go ahead and give those things to those family members while you are alive. This will make it easier on the executor of your will or the trustee for your revocable trust, in terms of distributing inheritance items, after you die. It can also eliminate a lot of conflict among your family over stuff.

Once you know what you need to get rid of, then, on a room-by-room basis, gather together what will be thrown away and what will be given away (many charities will pick all these items up, so you don’t need to take them anywhere).

For things that you have to take somewhere to donate or that are being thrown away, you can easily set a goal of one garbage bag of each a week from one room at a time. In the course of a year, you could easily give or throw away 104 bags of clutter and have your decluttering completed.

If you want more information about cremation services offered in Beltsville, 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.

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Is Getting Cremation Jewelry Weird?

After cremations as part of the cremation services offered in Burtonsville, MD, some people have jewelry made with a small amount of their loved one’s cremation remains. The jewelry is wearable, so its purpose is to allow deceased loved ones to be close by when the jewelry is worn.

Is cremation jewelry weird? Cremations are outpacing traditional burials here in the United States. There are many reasons for this, but one of them is because of the flexibility in using cremated remains.

A portion of them can be kept or buried in an urn, a portion can be scattered in a favorite or special place, a portion can be used to help the environment (building coral reefs to sustain ocean life or mixed in with soil to plant trees and other plants), and a portion can be used to create wearable jewelry. And these are just a few of the options for using cremated remains.

But while people can understand scattering or burying some of a loved one’s cremated remains and using some of them to do something good for the environment, some people aren’t so sure about the whole idea of wearing jewelry that includes part of a deceased loved one’s cremated remains.

However, the practice of creating cremation jewelry has been around a very long time. From the 1300’s through the early 20th century, a very common tradition for people who had lost loved ones was to wear mourning rings.

These rings didn’t contain any of the cremated remains, but they gave the people wearing them a sense of having their deceased loved one near them all the time because strands of the hair of the deceased were incorporated into the creation of the ring.

While mourning rings fell out of favor as the last century passed, the idea of keeping a loved one who had died close by did not. It was that desire that led to the process of creating jewelry like rings, bracelets, lockets, and necklaces that contained a small amount of a loved one’s cremated remains.

If the thought of cremation jewelry seems a little weird to you, there are other ways to use a loved one’s cremation remains to memorialize them and keep a part of them close to you, if not too close (some people keep them even closer, having some of the cremation remains mixed with tattoo ink, and then getting a tattoo done with the special inks).

Having some of the cremation remains mixed with oil-based paints and then having a commemorative painting done with them is an option for using cremation remains that is gaining popularity. There are a number of professional painters around the country who specialize in this type of painting.

They will use special paints to create any kind of painting you want. It might be a portrait of your deceased loved one or something that represents a passion of theirs or an object that was special to them.

If a painting is not the way you want to create a permanent memorial to your loved one using some of their cremation remains, you can opt for other creative ways to incorporate them into something artistic.

An example would be to take some of the cremated remains and incorporate them with a favorite scent and melted wax to create a memory candle that you can place in a special place in your home that reminds you of your loved one.

If you want more information about cremation services offered in Burtonsville, 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.