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We are having more discussion these days on the “What do I do next” issue of the scattering of cremated remains. So here is some advice.
- Choosing a place – This decision usually involves a place that was special to the deceased. Perhaps a favorite fishing hole, hiking trail, or even a lake or at sea. If he or she lived on a beautiful property, the decision is a natural one, and gives the family a sense of comfort that the loved one is “still with us”.
- Private or public – If the land belongs to someone else, you will need permission. Scattering in a public park is generally ok, but you must check to see if permits are required.
- Scattering at sea – Is permissible, but the cremated remains must be in a biodegradable urn. Some choose a favorite lake, and family and friends “ring” the spot in small boats for a ceremony before the remains are put to rest.
- Scattering gardens – Some crematoriums and cemeteries have special areas for the scattering of cremated remains. Markers can also be arranged. The gardens are generally tranquil and appealing.
- Transportation – If the spot chosen requires transporting the remains to another area via plane, they should be packed as carry-on luggage. Checked luggage has the risk of getting lost, a risk you should not take.
- Aerial – Some pilots have planes with special apparatus for scattering remains in the air. There are even drones available for this use.
We are dedicated to help you create “the Perfect Farewell” for your loved one. Scattering cremated remains is one of many options we assist you with.