A pendant can be made from a wide variety of materials, usually metal in as many designs as one can imagine. It is customary to choose a pendant design that best shows the personality of the one who has passed away. With have hundreds of choices you will not have a easy time of choosing. By no means do you have to put ashes in your pendant if you don't want to. You have the option to add dried flowers from an funeral arrangement or a lock of hair, or some soil from a special place of meaning or the grave site. Any tiny thing of meaning can be used. Depending on the shape of the pendant, the place of loading the contents is usually on the top, bottom or back of the pendant.