The decision between burial or cremation can be a hard and very personal choice. So memorial choices are so important to the keeping up of memories. Which ever you choose, the important point is that those who are buried and those who are cremated can both be provided with a lasting memorial. If you choose cremation, be sure to talk to your local funeral director or memorial mason about the options available for ashes. Most burial authorities allow cremation memorials and these are traditionally smaller than headstones for full burial but can in every other respect be the same: a simple headstone, a headstone with kerb set, a tablet memorial or a wall plaque.
Merely scattering fond memories removes the focus for grief and and leaves friends and family with no place to go to remember their loved one. A stone memorial marks a life in a respectful and long lasting way.