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For families who have chosen cremation for a loved one, the next decision involves what to do with the remains. Some choose to keep the cremated remains in their home, have them placed in a columbarium niche at a local cemetery, or scatter the ashes in a meaningful place.
Cremation provides families with more time to arrange where and how to scatter the ashes. While there is no policing agency overseeing scattering, there are some basics you should know:
More and more families are beginning to scatter their loved one's ashes in a location that was highly significant to the deceased. Somewhere that they enjoyed visiting often, or incorporating the service into a favourite hobby. We have listed ash scattering services ideas below:
|Perhaps your family had a cottage that your loved one enkoyed to visit frequently. This could be an ideal location to hold the ash scattering service.|
|If your loved one had a passion for gardening, a nice way to honor them could be through scattering their ashes within their garden.|
Cremated remains bear little resemblance to ashes; they look and behave a lot like small-grained gravel. However, there are some fine-grains mixed in so be sure to check the wind direction before scattering into the air or a body of water.
The technique of trenching is another option. Dig a small trench in the location of your choice, place the remains (or a biodegradable urn containing the ashes) within, and cover with soil.
Raking is another technique used. Pour the remains on the surface of the soil and use a rake to mix the ashes.
You may also wish to check out our selection of scattering urns prior to making plans for your ceremony. Should you need advice on how to design a meaningful ceremony, feel free to call us at (732) 505-1900.