Scattering Ashes Information and Methods
As long as it is permitted by local regulations, you may have a scattering ceremony in a place that is meaningful to you. Some people may find it hard to simply pour the ashes of a loved one out onto the ground or into the sea. If you wish to have your ashes scattered somewhere, it is important to discuss your wishes to be scattered ahead of time with the person or persons who will actually have to do the cremation ashes scattering ceremony, as they might want to let your funeral professional assist in the scattering ceremony. Funeral directors can also be very helpful in creating a meaningful and personal ash scattering ceremony that they will customize to fit your family's specific desires. The services can be as formal or informal as you like.
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Another difficulty with cremation scattering of ashes can occur when the remains are disposed of in an anonymous, unmarked or public place. Access to the scattering area may be restricted for some reason in the future, undeveloped land may be developed, or other conditions may arise that could make it difficult for your survivors to visit the scattering site to remember you. What if your survivors relocate sometime in the future? Once scattered, cremated ashes cannot easily be collected back up. So give some thought and discuss specific desires on where the ash scattering ceremony will take place. It is always a good idea to retain some of the ashes to keep or to scatter in a separate location in the future. This is one of the reasons why "Keepsake Cremation Urns" and "Cremation Jewelry" are offered by many funeral professionals.
Grief experts tell us that it is very important to establish a permanent memorial to help survivors deal with the continued cycle of loss. This is especially important to those that choose to scatter ashes. Survivors need a place to go where they can reflect and hold onto previous memories for the years to come; a place that says, "I was here and lived a life!" This can be in a cemetery, the back yard or any other place that will be meaningful to the deceased or the survivors. Some cemeteries have dedicated land for those who wish to have their ashes scattered, such as cremation scattering gardens and ossuaries. The memorial does not necessarily need to be in the same place of the ash scattering. Sometimes the ash scattering location is not convenient for survivors to visit, such as scattering ashes at sea or scattering ashes over a favorite hunting ground.
If you're not sure about an appropriate scattering area, or have questions on what kind of ash scattering ceremony will be a meaningful experience for your family, it is always a good idea to consult with your funeral director. They have experience in planning such scattering events and can be very helpful in creating the kind of scattering of ashes event you desire. Todays funeral directors act as event planners, and have the resources and contacts to get things just right for this final tribute. Keep in mind that whatever funeral services you select, scattering ashes is just the final disposition and that you can still conduct traditional funeral services prior to the cremation.
Cremation Scattering of Ashes Questions
Where should I scatter ashes?
As with cremation, when it comes to scattering ashes there are many options. If the location is on private property you should seek permission of the owner. If scattering ashes is on public land you should check local regulations.
Many choose a place to have cremation ashes scattered that is close to home such as the garden or flowerbeds, or perhaps have ashes scattered around a favorite tree or bush. Some even choose to scatter ashes off the deck or by the patio. A farmer might have ashes scattered over his land, and perhaps be plowed into their field and a memorial placed at the field's edge. These places are popular because near the home is convenient and easy to establish a memorial on your property. Having ashes scattered in place that held special meaning to the deceased is a popular choice. This scattering site might be a place of recreation such as the golf course, hunting grounds, fishing hole, a hiking trail, a mountain or ski trail. There is no limit when it comes to scattering cremation ashes. Remember the phrase, "home is where the heart is". Many consider scattering ashes to be more natural and it gives us a sense of freedom and oneness with nature. This is probably why outdoor settings of natural beauty are often desired. Over bodies of water has been a favorite, keeping in mind the concept that all life began in the sea. It is the sea in which we came, and eventually, life flows back to the sea. Many see scattering ashes over water or water burial as the fastest route to the greatest dispersal. If having cremation ashes scattered far and wide is the goal, then the sea is appropriate. However it is not possible to place a memorial at sea and it does not give us a focal point that we can visit. We suggest that for scattering ashes at sea, a memorial still be placed in a convenient place for survivors to visit, like a cemetery or back on the family property.
How to scatter cremation ashes?
Location will help determine the method of scattering ashes. Using an urn that is specially designed to disperse the ashes, called a "Scattering Urn", can ease the task and add dignity to the services. Memorial services that are designed to play tribute to the deceased and support the survivors are enhanced when the urn is displayed. This gives people a focal point and a sense of reality at the service.
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