Cremation services are available to help your family memorialize your loved one. Many families
choose to inter the cremated remains in a memorial park. If this option
doesn’t feel appropriate for your family or if your loved one specifically
requested a scattering ceremony, there are many thoughtful ways to arrange
this. Casting, trenching, and raking are all respectful ways to return
cremated remains to nature.
Casting is the type of ceremony that typically comes to mind when one
thinks of scattering ceremonies. It involves casting the ashes into the
wind, over the ground, or over a body of water. Casting may be done from
atop a mountain, on level ground, at the shore’s edge, on a boat,
or even from an airplane. If your loved one had an adventurous spirit,
you might even consider arranging to have the cremated remains launched
into space, although you would not be present at the moment this would
occur. Casting has roots in many ancient civilizations. It was ritually
performed by the ancient Romans and Greeks. Casting is still performed
as part of the Hindu rites, in which a loved one’s cremated remains
are cast over the sacred Ganges River. Like other cremation ceremonies,
casting can be personalized to reflect the life of your loved one. Choose
a location that was near and dear to your loved one’s heart. You
might choose to scatter the remains in multiple locations. Check local
ordinances first; scattering is restricted in some areas.
A trenching ceremony involves interring the cremated remains in a long,
narrow, shallow trench and covering the remains with soil. Trenching may
be done in a location that was meaningful to your loved one, provided
local ordinances allow it. Like casting, trenching has roots in the ancient
Roman and Grecian civilizations.
Raking is similar to trenching, although it does not involve burying the
remains. Instead, the cremated remains are gently incorporated into the
topmost layer of soil. Raking may be a good choice for deceased loved
ones who enjoyed gardening or being in nature. The cremated remains will
support the plants that grow there. You may wish to plant a tree or scatter
wildflower seeds in the ground.
Mountain View Funeral Home provides thoughtful funeral planning services in Lakewood, Washington.
Our cremation services include interment in our memorial park. Please
call (253) 584-0252 to speak with a funeral director.