Guidelines for Scattering Ashes

Those who are left behind after the death of a family member or close friend must make many challenging choices. The location of the deceased person’s last resting place is one of these decisions. What to do with the ashes is a concern if the dead elected to be cremated. A family will frequently elect not to keep a loved one’s cremated remains. Instead, they might decide to scatter the deceased’s ashes. According to a poll conducted by the Cremation Association of North America, around 135,000 families choose to spread ashes annually, and this figure is only predicted to rise. Regarding the right course of action or the legality of doing this, your client can have a lot of doubts. The general recommendations listed below will help you help these families more effectively.

One of the largest myths about Scatter Ashes is that the cremains resemble the ash that falls off of wood in a fire in terms of weight and texture. This may cause some individuals to think that after scattering ashes, the remnants will be readily carried away by the wind. However, this is not the case, so it is crucial to inform them that cremated bones will have a consistency more akin to sand.

Additionally, it’s crucial that you let your client know that choosing how and where to scatter ashes is a significant and final decision. Your consumers should plan ahead and take their time to ensure that they won’t look back on their choice in the future. For instance, future commercial development or private ownership could limit access to the scattering site. The family moving to a different region of the country can even make access more challenging. Families may think about erecting a permanent memorial as well, where the surviving relatives can go to contemplate, if they do choose to scatter the deceased person’s ashes in a location that will be difficult to find or visit again.

The legality of dispersing ashes in particular locations is another problem. While all privately held property need authorization for dispersal, the majority of publicly owned land does not. When regulations are broken, usually only a warning is given, but in one instance, a guy raced onto the Eagles’ football field during halftime to disperse his mother’s ashes. This is typically only a sanction for extremely egregious legal violations, though.

Your clients will want to disperse their loved one’s Scatter Ashes in a special and meaningful fashion, and they are able to do so. There are numerous techniques available for sprinkling ashes, including:


This is the fundamental technique for scattering cremains into the wind. You can do this one-on-one or with a group, but make sure your client remembers to have the wind at his or her back to stay out of trouble. Additionally, while the majority of the ash will have the consistency of sand, a small amount will be more like fine powder and can be carried by the wind.


This technique can be performed at home, but it is frequently employed in the scattering gardens that are now found in many cemeteries. The family and friends sweep the ashes into the ground after scattering them on the surface.


This is a brief interment of the remains. A trench is first dug, then ashes are placed there. After the ceremony, the ashes are then filled up with dirt once more. This can be done in a somewhat different way on the beach, when the ceremony is concluded by the incoming tide washing the cremains out to sea.


To accomplish this, the client would pour an ash ring around a predetermined object (often families choose to do this around a tree). Making the ring first, then having family members and close friends enter it to tell a remembrance of the deceased is another variant.

Shared Resting Place:

Many cemeteries permit the interment of cremated remains over the grave of the deceased person’s spouse.

Water: According to US law, those who are dispersing cremated remains into the water must be at least three miles offshore. The scattering should be done at the back of the boat when the boat is turned into the wind. The ashes could blow back in their direction or stick to the boat if people are not aware of the wind. There are also biodegradable urns that allow the ashes to simply be submerged in water and eventually spread out. Additionally, it could be a good idea for the family to note the scattering location’s navigational coordinates in case they want to visit it again in the future.

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