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Making Your Practice More Family Focused

Wearing A Loved One's Heart On Your Sleeve: Wearable Options For Your Loved One's Cremated Remains

by Monica Reynolds

While obvious to hear, the death of a loved one can be overwhelming, but planning their final resting place can make things even more stressful. From a traditional funeral and burial to eco-friendly caskets and cemeteries, it is easy to see how choosing your loved one's goodbye can be challenging. With cremation being the most common method of disposing the deceased's remains in Canada, you may be considering the option for your own family member. Unfortunately, many people believe honoring a loved is not possible with cremation.

Thankfully, you can celebrate your family member's life and memory with the various options available through cremation. Using this guide, you can learn how to wear your loved one's heart on your sleeve.


Imagine wearing a customized piece of jewelry that holds a piece of your loved one. Today, there are numerous ways of incorporating your loved one's cremated ashes into a gemstone or locket. Connected to a necklace, bracelet, ring, or set of earrings, these unique stones or pendants are perfect for wearing your loved one close to your heart each day.

  • Diamonds – Specialized manufacturers utilize high heat and pressure to compress cremated remains into a diamond. Customers may set the diamond into a ring or create a pendant to wear around their neck. Although the investment costs between $5,000 and $22,000, you will cherish the personable, unique, and beautiful piece of jewelry forever.
  • Lockets – Many companies offer specialized vials for a loved one's cremated remains. Worn on a necklace and similar to a locket, the vials offer space for a small portion of the ashes. The vials are available in a variety of metals and designs so there is an option that suits both personalities of your loved one and yourself.


If you truly want to wear your loved one's heart on your sleeve, consider hiring a professional tattoo artist. While memorial tattoos are not common in the world, they are becoming a viable option for family members interested in alternatives to the traditional urn. If a memorial tattoo using your loved one's ashes interests you, you may be wondering how it works.

A professional will take a portion of the ashes for sterilization. Using a specialized oven for baking, the high heat will pulverize and grind down any remnants or large clumps of ash before adding to the ink. Because the ash may darken certain colors of tattoo ink, it is best to use with traditional black ink.

Memorial tattoos are exciting, memorable options for your loved one's cremated remains, but here are a few things to ponder before making this permanent decision:

  • Health Concerns – Since there is no proof of the safety of these tattoos, you must consider the possibility of health issues. Unfortunately, there has not been any formal testing conducted on how cremated remains interact with your skin, blood, and overall health.
  • Legal Concerns – While legal, it is important to remember that these memorial tattoos are not offered in some parlors. Most tattoo artists do not offer the service because they fear possible health concerns. If the idea still interest you, be sure to discuss the service with a preferred, licensed tattoo artist.
  • Backlash – Sharing your new work of art is exciting when you receive a new tattoo. However, you should prepare yourself for the backlash of showing off and discussing your new memorial tattoo. Most people are not familiar with the option and may have negative feelings toward your choice.

Although there are some negative connotations associated, memorial tattoos offer a permanent memorial of your deceased family member. Weigh out the pros and cons before making your final decision.

Everyone wants to keep a loved one close and this applies after death, as well. By using this guide and learn more, you can celebrate your loved one's memory while keeping them close to your heart.