cremation after the loss of a loved one can offer unique benefits, one of which
is the option to scatter his or her remains at a location that was special
to the deceased. However, you may be unsure about what the process of
scattering ashes, or cremains, will entail. In addition to asking your
funeral director about cremation services, consider the following information
to learn more about scattering ashes.
Keep the Ashes Secure
When you initially receive the cremains, they may be in a nondescript
container. You can move them to a more formal urn, but be sure that it
has a secure lid. Since you will be traveling to scatter the cremains,
it is recommended that you keep them in a plastic bag inside of the urn.
Another option is a scattering tube, which will keep the cremated remains
secure, and will be helpful if you want to scatter the ashes in more than
Check Local Laws
The laws governing where cremated remains can be scattered vary by location,
so it is important that you research local regulations. These laws may
prohibit the scattering of ashes on certain public lands or waterways.
Scatter in a Suitable Location
In addition to checking the legality of scattering cremains in a specific
location, you should also consider whether it will be a practical place
to do so. You and your loved ones may want privacy during this process,
so a secluded location may be best. If a location is typically windy,
such as along a coast or cliff, it may not be ideal for scattering cremains.
Mountain View Funeral Home provides
funeral services in Lakewood, Washington, and can also offer practical advice for end-of-life decisions. We can
help you plan a cremation ceremony or funeral service to pay tribute to
the life of your loved one. For more information, call (253) 584-0252.