About 10-12 years ago both of my brothers died, within a year or two of each other (one suicide, one cancer). My parents kept their ashes in urns in their house. Fast forward several years, and my mother died, so my father added her ashes to the collection.
Dad died almost two years ago. He was a member of the Neptune Society, a service that allows you to pre-pay for your own cremation and scattering of your ashes at sea. So that was all taken care of with little more than a phone call from me.
As the last surviving member of the family, I “inherited” the ashes of my mother and brothers. I’ve been keeping their urns in the garage - a bit crass, perhaps, but I don’t want something that ghoulish in my house. I certainly don’t want to be saddled with them for the rest of my life, taking them with me on every move, etc., but I’m at a loss as to how to get rid of them tastefully and respectfully.
My fiance suggested dumping them in the woods behind our house, but that’s too crass even for me. I know it’s not rational. I’m not religious, I don’t believe in an immortal soul, and no one would ever be the wiser. Furthermore, we weren’t close and they weren’t my favorite people - my family did NOT put the “fun” in dysfunctional. But still, I just can’t bring myself to be that…casual, for lack of a better word.
I thought about tracking down some of the people they were close to and asking if they’d like to have the urns. My mother has a living sister, my brother David had close friends in Austin, and my nephew might like to have his father’s remains. My fiance said that would be a strange thing to contact people about out of the blue, and I suppose he has a point.
We’re currently living in Florida, hundreds of miles away from any place that would have been meaningful to any of them, and I’m not inclined to go zig-zagging across the country to spread the ashes of people who won’t even know the difference.
So…suggestions? There must be an option better than throwing them away like kitty litter.