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Final Disposal Options for Ashes


The main disposal options available to a family for their loved one's cremation ashes are listed below. The approximate popularity percentage of each is also shown.

1. Burial in an existing family grave (anywhere in Ireland) - 60%

This is by far the most popular option because families find it comforting to know that they are interring their loved ones ashes with other previous deceased family members in the one grave. This allows for ease of visiting for all the various family members. Plus, on average this option is roughly half the cost of an ashes memorial option (4 below).

2. Private Scattering - 30%

This is by far the most economic option as there is generally no cost to scattering cremation ashes usually at a site / location favoured by the deceased. Plus, family graves can still be memorialised in some manner in remembrance of the deceased afterwards.

Please note that scattering of ashes is generally not permitted in most cemeteries (including Mount Jerome) as the ashes can blow onto adjoining graves. That is why they must be interred into a grave (1 above). 

3. Cremation Ashes kept at home - 5%

Where the next of kin is undecided or is happy to do so, cremation ashes can be kept at home with that next of kin until their own eventual passing. Usually specific instructions are left in place for the disposal option for both sets of cremation ashes.

4. Memorial Options in a Crematorium or Cemetery - 5%

This option is considered by families when they generally have no family grave option available to them or do not favour private scattering. Most Irish crematoria and many cemeteries have their own individual designs of the main ashes memorial options available i.e. columbarium wall, garden of remembrance, scattering area, memorial plaques, ornate metal remembrance tree, etc.

With regard to this fourth option above, Mount Jerome has two choices for families to consider.  Families are strongly advised to physically view these choices below in person before deciding upon which one suits them best. Please note that the below choices are not pre-sold in advance.

(a) Garden of Remembrance: this is a communal garden where the ashes are laid to rest underneath the grass in polymer urns. Engraved polished sea grey plaques (3 inches x 9 inches) are positioned on a communal headstone that mark the exact location of each set of ashes. There is five foot tall yew hedge surrounding the garden with raised shelving for floral tributes. Each space costs €1,400 each. The cost of engraving is included in the price

In the garden of remembrance, the ashes are buried in polymer green urns. This is to allow easy retrieval of ashes from our garden of remembrance if a family so requires.

(b) Columbarium Wall behind the Victorian Chapel: these walls are located in the curved recessed entrance area that leads to the burial crypts beneath the Victorian chapel. With this option the ashes are placed directly behind a polished sea grey plaque (9 inches x 9 inches) inside heavy duty polyurethane bags. Each space costs €1,200 each. The cost of engraving is included in the price.

In the columbarium wall, the ashes are placed behind the plaques inside heavy duty polyurethane bags. This is to allow easy retrieval of ashes from our columbarium wall if a family so requires.

Additional Notes: In the above two options, only the name of each deceased person and their date of death is engraved onto a plaque. No pictures or any additional inscriptions are permitted. Each space in both options above only holds one set of ashes. Therefore to accommodate two set of ashes, two spaces must be purchased. Only a maximum of three spaces can be purchased at any one time.

Please allow 5 - 8 weeks lead time between paying for a memorial option at Mount Jerome and the ashes being interred and the engraved plaque in position.


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