Handling the remains of one's own dearly departed varies by century and language-group (ethnicity).
This photo in Finland seems to indicate cremation, judging from the compact arrangement of marker stones.
Curiously the granite material seems to signify eternal memory, but the metal identifier plates will oxidize and either fall off or decay before the stone is broken by natural processes. But whatever becomes of the markers in the course of time, at least for the duration that memories attach to the cremains planted there the function of marking memory will suffice.
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