At the time of making funeral arrangements, it is not always easy to realise the emotional benefit that is gained after the funeral by having somewhere to go, a place that you and your family can go back to, knowing that a loved one is there.
It has only recently been acknowledged that simply having a relative’s cremated remains scattered or buried in a garden of remembrance does not assist the healing process after the funeral. Today most cemeteries and crematoria that are administered by local councils offer the facilities of small graves that can be purchased solely for cremated remains.
These “Cremated Remains” graves can be visited by your family allowing you to pay your respects and mark the grave with a headstone.
As a final courtesy to former Royal Marines who ‘cross the bar’, the Royal Navy commits their ashes to the sea and provides a dignified ceremony for this emotive leave-taking – completely free of charge.
This singular good deed is arranged in Portsmouth by the Chaplaincy, HM Naval Base, who report a growing demand for the service – due, no doubt, to the number of wartime veterans who are bowing out.
Those who rarely give a thought to the subject may be surprised to learn that there is more to committal of ashes than just scattering them on the surface of the sea. The Chaplaincy and the funeral director are two of the key players in this final drama. The former deals with relatives of the deceased and arranges the date of the committal. The task of the funeral director is to deliver the casket containing the ashes to the Naval Base, at least seven days in advance of ceremony, for safe-keeping in St Ann’s Church.
To comply with Government regulations, the casket cannot be synthetic, or make of oak or elm. It must have holes, not less than half an inch in diameter, drilled in the bottom and the sides, and be weighted inside to ensure it will sink. To ensure rapid assimilation in the marine ecosystem, the casket – usually made of softwood of veneered chipboard, must not contain any material harmful to the environment, such as copper or brass. The removable lid must be fastened with countersunk screws, of ferrous metal, not less than one inch in length.
A story of pride, of strength, of courage. A story of family and warmth, of smiles & laughter. A story of romance, of hugs and of kisses. An inner beauty, a kind heart, a warm smile. Your Ashes into Glass jewellery is a story of love, a story of devotion and a story of a bond that cannot be broken.
You will be reminded that your loved one is with you. In a fleeting thought, a fond memory, a song on the radio or a familiar face. By wearing it or just holding it in your hand, you will connect with your loved one and share these special moments together.
If you are looking to create a beautiful and stunning piece of jewellery from your loved ones ashes following on from a funeral cremation. Please view our article on this wonderful process.