Scattering Your Loved One's Ashes: Knowing Your Options

Death is never easy. You want to give your loved ones the best when they pass away. Unfortunately, you have to decide whether to cremate or bury your loved one. While some loved ones make it easy by telling you what they want, not everyone does. If you are lucky, they will tell you what they want you to do with their ashes after you have them cremated. If you have a loved one who has passed away and is going to be cremated, it helps to learn more about what you can do with the ashes.

An Aerial Scattering

Aerial scattering is when the ashes are scattered from a plane or an aerial craft. Aerial scattering is one that is done by a professional to make sure it goes as planned and they follow all laws and regulations.

A Green Ash Burial

A green ash burial is a biodegradable urn buried in the ground. They now have these types of urns that turn the person into a tree when they pass on. This is comforting to some people because being reborn as a tree allows them to feel as though they will live on.

The Casting of Ashes

The casting of ashes, also referred to as the scattering of ashes, is the act of throwing an individual's ashes into the wind. This is something you can do just about anywhere. Before you cast the ashes into the wind it is important to know that cremated ashes are significantly heavier than most people realize. All this means is some of the ashes may float away in the wind while others will just fall down on the ground. Make sure you and all of your guests are standing upwind when you cast the ashes, as this will prevent them from blowing in your face.

With the casting of ashes, you have a few different options to consider. You could cast all of the ashes in one place with family and friends observing; or you could give the ashes out to friends and family members, letting them cast the ashes wherever they please.

The Raking of Ashes

The raking of ashes is done when they are poured onto the ground and then raked into the cemetery's soil or your garden. There are specific cemeteries that allow you to do this to give back to the gardens within.

Knowing the different ways to spread ashes will give you a better idea of what you want to do with your ashes or the ashes of your loved one. If your loved one did not tell you where to scatter his or her ashes, try to pick a place that was special to spread them. Choose somewhere that they cared about. You can even spread the ashes out in more than one place if your loved one had several places they really loved. 

For more information about cremation and burial, talk to a company like Sosebee Funeral Home.