Ashes, urns & keepsakes

A final resting place or commemoration for cremated remains

How you remember your loved one is important. Some people have a very definitely preference for how they wish their cremated remains to be treated, and therefore leave clear instructions. Others have not given it so much thought, and so you will need to make that choice. It is important to make a decision, for your own sake and also for the sake of your loved one.

We appreciate that it is often difficult to decide on the final resting place for cremated remains, and that this is something that you may wish to discuss with family and friends. There are, today, a greater number of options, so we are pleased to offer some of these for your consideration.

While you make your decision, the cremated remains of your loved one will be held in our Sanctuary. Once your decision has been made, we are more than happy to assist you with any arrangements and formalities regarding your choice. We do advise that you make your choice within a couple of months, as it is important that your loved one is honoured appropriately. This is also helpful for moving on in the grieving process. We advise against leaving remains with us indefinitely as it is surprisingly easy to forget about them over time. Although we store cremated remains very carefully, a long delay can often result in your not commemorating your loved one’s memory as you, or they, would wish.

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Urns or caskets

If you wish to keep your loved one’s remains at home, we have a selection of caskets and urns designed for this purpose. We will place the remains in your chosen container. You can either arrange to collect the remains from us, or ask us to deliver them to your home.

This is also an excellent option if you are not sure what to do ultimately, and wish to take more time to decide. If you have their ashes in your care, you are less likely to forget to make a fitting choice of your loved one’s final resting place.

An urn or casket is ideal to use if you wish to inter the remains in a burial plot. You are not permitted to scatter ashes in a churchyard due to Diocesan Regulations, so they must be placed in a suitable container. You may already have a family plot, in which several containers of cremated remains can be placed. Most cemeteries now have a specially designed Garden of Remembrance, a peaceful and tranquil setting in which it is possible, with permission, to strew ashes, without an individual memorial. We can especially recommend the Lexden Garden of Remembrance. In most Gardens of Remembrance, you can purchase a plot or vault as a final resting place, with other options such as a commemorative tree or rose plant.

Many people now favour a woodland burial, and this is also a possibility for the interment of cremated remains. Your funeral arranger will be able to advise you of the locations available near you.

If you have been asked to scatter ashes in a specific location, you should check that there are no local regulations forbidding this. For some places, such as a golf course or football ground, you must gain permission in advance. However as cremated remains are hygienic and pose no threat to wildlife or plants, a discreet scattering in a favourite location such as a public beauty spot is often possible. Until you can carry out your loved one’s wishes, an urn or casket from our range is an ideal temporary resting place.


The possibilities for more alternative commemorations and long-lasting keepsakes are wide and varied.

These range from more colourful caskets and those made from biodegradable leaf materials, to jewellery, and even fireworks.

Glass and ceramic urns

These are available in a range of shapes, sizes and elegant designs. Designed to be beautiful artworks in their own right, these not only provide a fitting final resting place for a much missed loved one, they also provide a more subtle container which has a less sombre appearance than a traditional urn. To the casual eye, they appear to be a beautiful vase or ornament, but to you, they have a deeper and more precious significance. Please ask to see the full selection.

Biodegradable leaf containers

A slightly softer approach to the traditional urn, these charming natural containers, in a variety of soft colours and less conventional shapes are the perfect choice for the eco-conscious nature lover. As cremated remains are eco-friendly, these make an ideal final home for those who also love to be at one with creation. Please ask us about this.

A jewel for remembrance

As our loved ones touch our hearts so deeply, it is not surprising that a growing number of us wish to keep them close to our hearts, even once they are gone. Now, with the Life Gems range of keepsake jewellery, you can have cremated remains turned into precious stones to keep and treasure for ever.

You can find out more about the selection of jewellery items here.

Ashes into fireworks

For the ultimate celebration of your loved one’s life and achievements, a more unusual option is to send them skywards in a spectacular firework. You can choose to send part or all of their ashes to light up the night sky, while you celebrate and say farewell.

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Ashes into Glass

A charming new option for preserving your loved one’s ashes in a decorative fashion is the new range from our colleagues at Ashes into Glass. Taking a small amount of commemorative ash, they fashion newly created, strikingly beautiful jewellery in a variety of shapes and colours, resembling cabochon jewels.

Their stunning range includes a selection of rings, pendants, cufflinks, earrings, charm beads and paperweights. Any one of the range will provide a lasting treasure which you can admire every day, keeping your loved one close to your heart. You can download the brochure and explore their enchanting range here.

Here to help

If you wish to choose one of these options, we will help you to make all the arrangements through our trusted partners.

We are here to talk you through the options and to help you to choose a final resting place, keepsake or commemoration that brings you the most comfort.

If this abundance of choice seems a lot to take in straight away, we suggest that you opt for taking your loved one’s ashes home in an urn or casket, and making your final decision at a later date, when you have had time to think through the possibilities. We will be here to help when you have made your choice.

For further information about cremation urns and keepsakes please complete the following form. For urgent enquiries please call 0800 328 1614.