Cremation rates had increased even though the Church does not encourage such practice. In United States alone, 40% prefer their remains to be cremated. This number is set to increase in the next 20 years.
There are different reasons why people prefer cremation. Some consider it as a personal decision, while others consider that it as practical as they can keep the ashes of their loved ones in an urn and place it in their homes. However, some also wants their remains to be cremated for them to be scattered.
Scattering the remains of loved ones has been increasingly popular over the years. Some even go to certain places and destinations to honor their loved ones by scattering their ashes there. However, everyone must know the legalities and limitations of scattering ashes in different destinations.
Consider the following when scattering ashes:
- Make sure that the property is not privately owned. Remember, it can be illegal to scatter the ashes of loved ones in, for example, baseball fields as this is private property.
- The beach is another popular destination for scattering ashes. But make sure that you do this 3 miles off the shore and 600 feet deep.
- Public parks and lands also have rules and regulations in scattering ashes. Check the local city hall and ask for permits and other requirements when you scatter ashes.
- In uncontrolled public spaces, such as woodlands, there are no rules that say yes and no in scattering ashes. However, be reminded that you can only scatter ashes 100 years off public roads and dispose the container of the ashes or urn properly.
- You can also trench the ashes, meaning dig a narrow hole and place the urn in it. It’s also best to use biodegradable urns when trenching ashes and plant a tree or plant on top of it.
There are a lot of things to consider when scattering ashes, however, the most important part is to follow and consider what your deceased loved one would love.