People store ashes at home in cupboards, under beds, and even behind sofas. These findings were revealed following a YouGov poll on behalf of Secure Haven, an Essex-based-firm, which provides storage facilities for ashes. It discovered that 46 percent of adults across Britain know someone who has held onto a loved one’s ashes or a pet’s ashes. The reasons include waiting to be reunited with another family member or pet (11 percent) and simply not knowing what to do with them (15 percent). For 3 percent family disagreements prevented a loved one being laid to rest.
Cheryl Yarwood director at Secure Haven, said:
People are often very disconcerted at a time when family or a close friend passes away and really don’t know the right thing to do. For example, some people feel pressurised to put the ashes into the ground too quickly without realising that it is difficult to exhume and place cremated ashes elsewhere if mistakes are made. And we find that leaving ashes lying around leads to guilt and anxiety for members of a family prolonging the final journey to that ‘place’ to lay to rest.
The survey found that 36 percent of people questioned across Britain would bury or would consider burying their loved one’s remains in an urn that uses ashes to grow a memorial tree. The figures show that a memorial tree urn for family members is most popular among young people aged between 18 and 24 (39 Percent). A further 25 percent opted for biodegradable urns, which break down over time.
We have seen a huge rise in the number of people buying a memorial tree urns and biodegradable urns over the last few months.
Said Cheryl Yarwood.
Certainly, our biodegradable urns give bereaved families the satisfaction and comfort of watching a new living tree growing from the ashes of someone they loved for future generations to admire- these can, of course, grow and move with the family.