The Right Places to Scatter Ashes

Posted on March 10, 2017 by Martin Oaks under Cremation, Resources
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Losing a loved one can be incredibly devastating, and when the person has asked to be cremated, it can be a confusing and surreal process. Pre funeral arrangements can be made with the burial company to honor your loved one’s wishes with a low cost cremation. After the process, many people like to scatter the ashes in a place that was meaningful to the deceased.

right places to scatter ashes

The Scattering Ceremony

After the affordable cremation services by a burial and cremation specialist, you’ll want to consider your loved one’s wishes. If this person has requested a certain location because they were happy there, it’s important to honor those wishes. They might have requested a direct cremation, which means you can have your own ceremony at the location.

The deceased might not have requested a location specifically, but you will want to find a place that had special meaning. The place might be a farm where he or she grew up, a favorite fishing spot on a lake or a location out on the ocean. It might take some time to figure out the exact place where this person would have been happiest to have their ashes. There’s no need to rush the process. After the cheap cremation, the ashes will be placed in a container while you decide where to scatter the ashes.

While deciding on the location, you can also be thinking about the ceremony. It can be religious or just incredibly spiritual. You might want to invite other loved ones or have a private moment as you remember the person. It will depend on what you’d like to do.

Regulations and Laws

There are laws and regulations regarding where you can scatter a person’s ashes. While there are laws, many loved ones don’t check with their local authorities before having the ceremony. If you’re concerned about the environmental issues or safety and health of people in the area, you can contact the local authorities to check on your concerns.

On Land

On public land, there could be rules that require you to get a permit before scattering ashes. This is true in public parks and city land. If you’re unsure about the owner of the land in a rural setting, you might decide to hold a ceremony without contacting the authorities. A quick ceremony where you scatter the ashes will be over quickly and only the memory of the person will remain.

scattering ashes on land

At Sea

When it comes to scattering a person’s ashes in water, there are various regulations and EPA requirements. The EPA wants to be notified within 30 days of a scattering at sea. If you decide to include a wreath or flowers, the material has to be easily dissolved in the ocean.

Inland Bodies of Water

The Clean Water Act dictates whether a person’s ashes can be scattered over an inland body of water like a lake. It’s vital that you get permission and a permit before scattering ashes on a lake or pond.

The EPA Guidelines

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires that any cremated remains are scattered at least 3 nautical miles from the shore. While non-cremated remains requires a burial in water at least 1800 feet deep, cremated remains don’t have the same requirements. The regulations that guide the burials is the Code of Federal Regulations 40 CFR 229.1, which might need to be read if the person’s ashes are being scattered in the Florida area. They have stricter guidelines.

When considering where to scatter a person’s ashes, take into account their wishes as well as the guidelines of the area itself. You can hold a ceremony with others or have a private moment alone while you say goodbye to your loved one.

Contact our staff at Martin Oaks Cemetery and Crematory where we can help with any service in cremation in Plano, Denton, Hurst, and Richardson Texas.

One thought on “The Right Places to Scatter Ashes

  1. That’s good to know that you will need to alert the EPA before you scatter ashes in the sea. I’ll have to keep that in mind for when I die since I think it would be really cool to have a sort of burial at sea. I’ll have to think about talking to a funeral director and see if they can help me set that up.

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