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Ash Scattering Services

The next choice for families who have preferred cremation for a loved one is that they wish to bury the ashes, or employ an Ash Scattering Service provider in Aurora. Some chose to hold the cremated remains at home, have them placed at a nearby graveyard in a columbarium niche, or spread the ashes in a meaningful place.

Ash Scattering

Cremation gives more time for families to arrange when and how to disperse the ashes. While there is no police department supervising dispersal, there are some fundamentals that you should know:

– If you intend to spread ashes on private land, getting written consent from the owner is wise. 

– Public parks require a dispersal permit to be obtained. 

– On unprotected public lands, there are no rules about ash dispersion; you need to use your own judgement. 

– Within 100 yards of public roads or trails, you should not disperse ashes. 

– It is important to dispose of the cremation container separately and in an environmentally friendly way. 

– The Clean Water Act controls the scattering of ashes in inland waters, so it is necessary to secure a permit from the department regulating waterways. 

– Ash dispersion at sea must be carried out at least three nautical miles from the coastline. 

– It is important to break down any flowers or wreaths used in the ash dispersing ceremony performed at sea. There should not be any artificial flowers or other non-decomposable products left behind. 

– The Environmental Protection Agency demands that you contact the field office in writing within 30 days of the incident for ash dispersal undertaken at sea.


How to Scatter Ashes

Cremated remains bear no similarity to ashes; like small-grained gravel, they look and behave a lot. There are some fine-grains mixed in, however, so ensure that the wind direction is tested before dispersing into the air or a body of water. 

Another alternative is the form of trenching. In the location of your choosing, dig a small trench, place the remains (or a biodegradable urn containing the ashes) within, and cover it with dirt. 

Another method employed is raking. To mix the ashes, dump the remains on the top of the soil and use a rake. 

Before making preparations for your ceremony, you may want to check out our range of dispersive urns. Feel free to call us if you need advice about how to design a memorable ceremony.