Cremation has grown popular among modern families. This option is considered to be more practical and flexible. Cremated remains can be kept in an urn, stored in a memorial building, or scattered in a desired place.
Scattering ashes can be a beautiful way to start the healing process after the death of a loved one. Some people believe that spreading out the cremated remains is a way for their loved ones to return to the earth again. Some people do it to comply with the personal wishes of their dearly departed. A place that is considered special and memorable by your loved one is the perfect location for scattering his remains.
There are various ways of scattering the cremation remains. However, incorrect scattering of ashes may turn the serene event into a disaster. That is why you should only work with a professional when doing such sensitive process. More importantly, there are laws and regulations about scattering ashes of the deceased. Here are some guidelines to follow in scattering the ashes of your late loved one:
Scatter it by hand.
This is the simplest method. The family members or the closest friends will walk into the desired location and will scatter the ashes by hand directly from the urn. There are specialized urns made and designed for easier scattering process.
Scatter it over land.
You can scatter the cremated remains on your own private property or another one’s private property given an acceptable permission. Scattering over public lands such as parks and beach is not usually permitted. It is also illegal to scatter the ashes in piers or bridges.
The ashes should be totally dispersed in such a way that there will be no evident or obvious amount of cremated remains left in the area.
Scatter it into the waters.
The family can call a boat company and sign an agreement to rent a boat for a few hours. After the terms of the contract and the schedule have been set, the family and guests can set out on a trip to the desired site in the ocean.
Typically, the cremated remains are just placed onto the water and the family waits until all the remains have descend into the water. In some cases, the family members are allowed to spread out the cremated remains themselves. In order to do this, the boat needs to be sailing at a right speed with a good gust of wind blowing. Since the commemoration may take a few hours, make sure that the guests are not prone to experiencing motion sickness.
Remember that it is not legal to scatter remains of deceased in lakes or streams.
Scatter it by airplane.
This option provides a more thorough scattering process of cremated remains. The remains will be scattered into the wind over a larger sea.
You have only one chance to do scattering process right. If the process is done wrong, it is more likely that the remains will roll over the side of the airplane. In the worst case, the remains will end up back inside the airplane. That is why it is strongly recommended that the scattering of ashes should not be done by any of the family members or the guest. It is important that the work should be solely done by a pilot who has experience in scattering ashes.
Important Tips after Cremation
The laws of different states and places may vary. It is always a good practice to get the permission from the owner of the location before scattering the cremated ashes in his property.
Lastly, perform this event with due diligence. The cremation and ash scattering ceremony should be conducted in a discreet and private manner.