Guide to Scattering Your Loved One’s Ashes Locally

One of the reasons most people choose to have cremation services is the liberty to hold simple ceremonies for departed relatives. These personalized activities are helpful as it allows families to process their grief and move on without the hassle that comes with planning a burial. 

Some people consider spreading the ashes in special places because they want to keep the memories of their lost loved ones alive in those locations. But there are many things to consider when scattering ashes. Listed below are some of the things you should consider first.

Check if It’s Legal in Your State

Families often choose memorable places to scatter the ashes of their departed relatives. These locations may include private properties, bodies of water like the sea or river, or even parks. However, laws differ in each state or locality, such that most of them will require a permit to allow you to spread the ashes of your loved ones.

There are also other rules in place, like in the ocean. As stated in the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act (MPRSA) by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ashes can only be scattered in an area in the open sea at least three nautical miles from the land. Additionally, states may also impose additional requirements on scattering cremains in waters within their jurisdiction.

So, to prevent violating any laws, check with your local government first and secure all the necessary paperwork. You will also need to contact other health or environmental agencies to ensure the safety of organisms and animals inhabiting these areas.

Consider the Weather Conditions

Another factor that you should also check when deciding where to scatter the ashes of your deceased family members is the weather. A strong wind can blow the ashes to other people or the wrong places. On the other hand, harsh conditions like a heavy downpour of rain or hail may affect your trip entirely.

Plan the Ceremony

Accepting the death of a loved one is not easy. For that reason, planning a small ceremony before spreading the cremains allows family and friends to bid their farewells to the decedent. A simple service may include a prayer, a song, and a speech from each person who takes turns spreading the ashes. 

Talk to Your Local Funeral Home 

These are only some of the things you’ll need to look into when scattering the ashes of your lost relatives. If you want to learn more about other processes involved, talk to our experts at Heishman Funeral Home. Our staff members in Edinburg and Woodstock are willing to answer all your questions and concerns. Call our local funeral home today for further details.