Last Updated on November 25, 2016
When a loved one is cremated, there are many options available for honoring the life of the individual in the storage or disposition of the remains. These options can generally be distilled down to three basic choices, each of which will be discussed in its own post:
Click the link to view each option. Today we will look into the process of scattering ashes or cremains.
How to Scatter Ashes: Choose Scattering Location
Locations for scattering cremated remains (“cremains”) may be limited by law in some areas, so please check with your local law enforcement agency (such as the Bureau of Land Management) for the regulations governing your city or county.
Popular locations for scattering ashes remains include rivers, ponds, hilltops, golf courses, gardens, flower beds, the ocean, and more. Choose a location that is personally significant in conjunction with your local laws.
The location you decide on for scattering the cremains will determine what sort of scattering method to use and what specific scattering urn you will choose to hold and dispose of the remains.
How to Scatter Ashes: Choose a Disposition Method
1. Scattering on land
2. Scattering from the air
3. Scattering at sea
Scattering on land will include scattering anywhere from golf courses and gardens to rivers and hilltops. These types of land-based settings are generally easiest to arrange, and best if you would like to have a service with family members and friends present.
If you would like to scatter remains from the air, be sure that the area over which you would like to scatter the ashes allows for air scattering, and that the pilot or charter company knows the purpose for the flight.
Sea scattering is a third popular method, and can involve pouring the ashes as pictured above, or by using a specially designed eco-friendly biodegradable water scattering urn.
How to Scatter Ashes: Choose a Scattering Urn
The simplest and most affordable option for scattering ashes is to simply use the container given to you by the crematorium, or any other easily obtained container of the appropriate size you may wish to use.
But if you would like something with a little more dignity to recognize the solemnity of the occasion, an urn designed to make the scattering process easy, while at the same time honoring your loved one by using an attractive and fitting scattering urn, there are a variety of options available.
For scattering by pouring, choose a scattering urn designed to easily pour the ashes, with a lid which removes easily, such as this Walnut wood scattering urn with an easy-opening sliding top panel:
If you are scattering at sea and do not wish to pour, there are a variety of eco-friendly, water-soluble, biodegradable water scattering urns available. These are attractive products which remove any difficulty in dealing with the ashes by keeping them enclosed at all times. Simply drop the urn into the sea and it will float for a few minutes, then, as it gets saturated with water, will slowly sink and dissolve.
Browse our entire selection of scattering urns here.