Yes, ground burial is still an option for cremated remains. You can choose to bury the cremated remains on your own property, but keep in mind that if you ever decide to move, the urn will need to be disinterred from the property, or the new owners would need to be made aware that the remains exist on the property. This could decrease property value, which is something to keep in mind as well. However, if having your loved one’s cremated remains nearby is important for you, this is still an option.
If you decide to select a cemetery for burial, be sure to contact a cemetery sales counselor or sexton at your cemetery of choice and find out exactly what their specific regulations and costs are for cremation burial, including not only the plot cost but also what the opening/closing of the grave costs are with that space.
There are various other options for cremated remains as well, including:
- Keeping the urn at home
- Placing the urn in a niche at a columbarium (a walled monument usually located at a cemetery or church that houses individual spaces for cremated remains as well as small personal mementos)
- Sharing with family (by purchasing keepsake urns or jewelry and dividing remains)
- Scattering in meaningful areas (ground, sea, or aerial)
- Using in jewelry, using biodegradable urns kits to plant and grow a tree, use in creating glass art or diamonds
- Placement in memorial reefs on the ocean floor