Ash Scattering After Cremation Services
What happens to all the cremated ashes after the cremation services in Greenville, MI are over? While there are quite a few options for post-cremation, a lot of people choose to scatter their loved one’s ashes.
If you want to scatter your loved one’s ashes after cremation, it’s important that you know and understand the facts and rules surrounding the process. To start, you can scatter as much or as little of the ashes as you want. Sometimes different members of the family each take a turn scattering, or some of the ashes are kept to be scattered at a later date, in a different location, or not at all. Also, most cremations reduce the body down to fine ash mixed with coarse, sand-like ash containing bone fragments. Be aware of this fact when considering scattering.
Scattering can mean more than just tossing ashes into the wind. There are in fact two main ways of scattering ashes: casting and trenching. Casting is scattering the ashes into the air, and trenching is burying the ashes just below the ground surface. You can also rake ashes into the soil, cast ashes from an airplane, or even send ashes into space. Rules and regulations about where you can scatter ashes vary from state to state, and even city to city. Be sure to read up on your local laws to avoid getting fined for scattering in a prohibited place. The same goes for more unique scattering locations, such as at sea or in national parks. Sometimes you even need a permit.
You can take photographs or videos of the scattering to help preserve memories and to have something more concrete to honor the deceased. Sometimes people regret scattering as it takes away any concrete memorial, so the photographs or video footage can be a good stand-in for the ashes themselves.
It seems obvious, but it’s important to make a clear plan for who will scatter the ashes, and this might not be as straightforward as it may seem. Sometimes families wish for a religious leader to do the scattering, or other times families hire a company to help. Be sure to take note of the wind direction on the day you want to scatter. You do not want to have ashes blown back into your face. It’s not unhealthy or dangerous, just very uncomfortable.
There are many different ways you can make your loved one’s scattering special and unique beyond these listed. It’s all about what you want and what your lost loved one’s final wishes were, so do what’s best for you and the deceased.
Want to learn more about scattering or about Greenville, MI cremation services? Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care is here for you. We can offer you all the information you might need on ash scattering as well as the local laws. Plus, our cremation services are known for compassion, expertise, and ease. Get in touch with Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care today to learn more.