Once you’ve selected proper urns for ashes, the next step in the funeral process is deciding how to handle the ashes. Some people choose to keep the ashes in beautiful keepsake urns, where others plan a scattering service. Deciding on where to spread the ashes can be a daunting and hard-to-cope with task, and a lot of this is due to saying goodbye forever. Many people often scatter the ashes in an outside or natural setting, allowing their loved one to become part of the Earth. Below are a few helpful suggestions of how to scatter cremated remains:
- Scatter on land: When scattering on land, you can leave a marker that will allow you to visit the site anytime and find where the ashes we’re scattered. If your loved one had a favorite spot in the yard, this would be an excellent choice. However, if scattering ashes on public land, be sure to check local laws.
- Scatter at sea: It’s a maritime requirement that ashes must be scattered at least three miles off shore. This option is extremely popular and perfect for any nautical lover or fisherman. However, when scattering ashes at sea there is no way to leave a marker.
- Scatter by air: If your loved one was a free-spirit this is an exceptional choice. Many people choose this method to allow their loved one to become one with the Earth. Like sea scattering, there is no way to leave a marker.
With any scattering option, it’s extremely important to know your local law in regards to scattering ashes.