There are many options for what you can do with a loved one’s cremated remains after a cremation service in Oakland, CA, from scattering and burying them to interring them in a columbarium, burying them in a grave, or turning them into a piece of art. You can also keep cremated remains at home!
There is nothing weird, harmful, or unsafe about keeping cremated remains in your home. Cremated ashes are clean and sanitary. The process of cremation has eliminated any potential contamination. What’s more, cremains are kept secure in a bag, making it very difficult for someone to tamper with them or spill them. You might also wonder if its legal to keep cremains at home. It is not illegal to keep cremated remains in a house. There are also no laws against scattering or burying cremains on your personal property.
If you don’t want the deceased’s cremains, you can either have someone else bury them, scatter them, or otherwise inter them or you can leave them at the crematory or funeral home for them to dispose of. Are you wondering how long ashes can be kept after cremation? Cremated remains are sterile and static, meaning they don’t have any bacteria and will not decompose. This is because the high heat used to cremate the body is hot enough to kill bacteria and rapidly break down any substances that would decompose naturally over time. Therefore, you can keep cremated remains as long as you’d like. What about if the funeral home will dispose of the ashes for you? Some funeral homes and crematories will dispose of cremated remains for you, but you must give them clear instructions as to what you want done with the remains.
It is not bad luck to keep cremains at home. It’s easy to understand why some people might think it’s bad luck to keep cremated remains in their house, but it’s not. Certain religions or belief systems might discourage keeping cremains in a home, but that doesn’t mean its unlucky. Others might feel keeping cremains at home will bring in a bad energy, but still others find it makes them feel better to have their loved one close. It all depends on personal preferences and beliefs. If you’re worried about religion and keeping cremains at home, the Bible neither advocates nor condemns the act of cremation or keeping your loved one’s cremated remains in your home. The closest thing to keeping cremains at home that the Bible mentions is the story of King Saul’s men burning his son’s bodies to cleanse them and respect their memories.
Yes, it is legal to keep cremated remains at home. Do you have more questions? We are here to help if you want to learn more about keeping cremated remains at home or about Oakland, CA cremation services. Give us a call or pay us a visit for more information on our services and what we can do for you in your time of loss.