A cremation service can be followed by a scattering ash ceremony for disposing of the cremated remains of the deceased. This ceremony can be designed in a simple yet meaningful way to pay a tribute to your loved one.
You can scatter the ashes using methods like casting, trenching, ringing, raking, etc. Besides, you can go for water scattering, aerial scattering, and green burial. Thus, the ashes can be disposed of in air, water, or ground.
During the ash scattering ceremony, you may involve others as well. Thus, relatives and close friends can take turns to scatter the ashes, one at a time.
While spreading the cremated remains in air, though, make sure check the direction of wind and cast the ashes downwind.
When planning to scatter the cremated remains, you can make use of a scattering tube. These tubes come in different sizes featuring beautiful designs.
They are made of recycled material and tend to decompose naturally over time. These tubes also meet the Transport Security Authority (TSA) requirements and can be used for “in-cabin” airline transportation.
Apart from casting, trenching is another popular method for scattering the ashes. It involves digging a shallow trench in the ground and pouring the remains in this groove.
Finally, the trench has to be covered back with soil. This technique is particularly used on a beach to allow the tide to break down the trench and wash away the ashes into the sea.
Besides, some people prefer disposing of the ashes directly in a water body like a pond, sea, or ocean. When considering about burial at sea, it is recommended to spread the ashes minimum 3 miles away from the shore.
Plus, you should inform the closest Environment Protection Agency in that area. In case you are disposing of the ashes in a lake or river then it is better to seek permission for the task from the local government authority.
While spreading the ashes in water, you can either empty the cremation urn over the water or place a water-soluble, biodegradable urn in water.
Most urns meant for sea burial are engineered to float in the water for a few minutes and then sink in the water.
You can scatter the ashes along with flowers to honor the deceased. It is believed dispersing the cremated remains in water helps the soul finally become separated from the body and move on into the afterlife.
The cremated ashes can also be scattered at the departed loved one’s favorite location like a park or childhood spot that he/she loved to visit.
However, before scattering the ashes, whether on private or public land, seek the permission from the owner of the property to avoid any trouble later on.
If you wish to scatter the remains on the grave site, then you can go for green burial. You can either pour the ashes or bury a biodegradable urn in the soil. There can be multiple scatterings on a single grave.
Coming to aerial scattering, it is mostly done by professionals as the ashes are cast from a private plane. After the disposal of the ashes, you shall be provided with place, time, and even photos of the scattering.