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What to Know About Scattering Ashes: A Guide to Honoring Your Loved Ones

Published: December 19, 2022
by Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.

After receiving your loved one’s ashes from your Landenberg, PA cremation service, scattering is a personalized way to say goodbye to someone you deeply cared about. It can be an incredibly moving experience for those who remain after a loved one passes.

Scattering ashes can be done in several ways, but most commonly as either surface scattering or burial. It’s wise to understand your options when it comes to scattering ashes so you can make the right decision for your loved one.

How to Scatter Ashes

There are different ways to scatter ashes. Some people scatter by casting them in the wind, letting the tide wash them away, and spreading them over the soil in a backyard garden. Other methods include splitting the cremation ashes between close friends and family members and scattering them together.

These are popular ways people scatter their loved one’s ashes, but they are by no means the only ways or acceptable methods. It’s up to you to do what feels right.

You can simply scatter the ashes or make a ceremony out of it, like a committal service in a burial. The scattering can also be attached to a formal ceremony like a celebration of life or memorial service.

Where to Scatter Ashes

The benefit of cremation is there’s little limit on what you can do with the ashes, including where to spread them. Some popular options include national or local parks, scattering gardens, public land, and water bodies.

The list expands if you personalize the location. It can be anywhere from the deceased’s childhood home to their favorite sports team’s stadium. As long as you get a permit and ask for the necessary permission in the case of private properties, you can scatter cremated remains anywhere.

Pros of Scattering Ashes

There are many pros to scattering ashes, but the most important is that it’s a way to let go of your loved one. This is the final step in the grieving process and a beautiful way to say goodbye to your loved one.

Plus, you can have it done anywhere, making it a very personal and customizable way to say goodbye. Scattering can be a powerful and cathartic experience.

You can also scatter ashes on special days or around special events. Some people scatter ashes on the birthday or anniversary of their loved one’s death, for example. This is a great way to remember your loved one and honor their memory.

Scattering ashes can also be a very affordable and cost-effective memorial service.

Cons of Scattering Ashes

There are a few cons to scattering ashes, but they shouldn’t stop you from making this choice. The biggest con is that it’s impossible to know precisely where the ashes will be distributed. But you can make the place you stood when you let go of the ashes the special spot.

Another thing is it’s permanent. Once the ashes are scattered, they are gone forever. But you don’t have to scatter all of them. You can save a portion if you have other ideas in mind.

Let us know if you have additional questions about handling your loved one’s ashes. We’re also here if you need cremation services in Landenberg, PA or check our news and events for further update.

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