Leave it at home on the mantel?
Cremation is the preparation for memorialization. Placing the urn on a mantel is essentially a temporary solution, just waiting to be buried or placed in a columbarium. As long as the urn is in the privacy of someone’s home others are prevented from visiting a memorial site to honor the person whom they cared about.
After a certain period of time people don’t want the urn to be on the mantle anymore. That’s when they put it into storage, the basement or attic. If the next of kin dies and hasn’t put the urn in a final resting place, the urn is at risk of being unidentified. It is a sad fact that many urns of cremated remains end up in a dump site when they are not set to rest in a permanent memorial site.
The 3 most popular burial options for cremated remains are placing in a columbarium niche, burying them in a plot at a cemetery or scattering the ashes.