After the death of a loved one many people choose to have their remains cremated and then either bury them, keep them in an urn, or scatter them in a place that had a special meaning to that person. Nowadays there are many creative and unusual things to do with a loved one’s ashes, such as having them placed into fireworks, a coral reef and even launched into space. Lots of people however are still going the traditional route and choose to scatter the ashes in a location close to home.
The coast or at sea
Most beaches and coastlines in the UK are accessible to the public and you do not even need a licence to scatter ashes there. It is important however that you are considerate of other people who are using the beach and choose a scattering spot away from others.
It can tend to get a little windy on British beaches, so take care when scattering ashes and make sure you stand downwind. Scatter tubes are especially designed to make scattering ceremonies a lot more practical and dignified. They’re also very useful if you’re intending to transport the ashes to a location far from home.
In a river or lake
Research shows that those who choose to scatter their loved one’s ashes in a river or lake will go on to find the presence of water very comforting. Scattering ashes in a river or lake is a lovely way to give your loved one a beautiful send off, with some people also choosing to add flower petals to the ashes so they can see as their friend, partner or family member floats away.
Those wishing to scatter ashes in a river or lake do not need to ask permission, it is however advisable that they check with the Environment Agency that the water is not near an extraction point. The Environment Agency also asks that no plastic is cast into the water, as this will be harmful to the environment and wildlife.
A National Trust Site
The National Trust owns many historic houses, gardens, monuments and history sites across the United Kingdom. They do not have a formal policy on scattering ashes but say that they are happy to consider requests on the basis that there are no environmental problems, that scattering does not go against the wishes of the donor and that the scattering is done discreetly and in private.
If you make the decision to scatter ashes on a National Trust site or on any privately owned land you must have the landowner’s permission.
After losing a loved one many of us will want to keep their ashes nearby. You may even choose to scatter, bury or display the ashes at home. Bear in mind that your home is privately owned land and if you choose to move house after scattering ashes in the garden for example, you may not have the right to return and visit after somebody else has moved in.
Before you make a decision on where to scatter cremation ashes you should take your time to discuss the various options with friends and family. Remember that you are not required to scatter all of the ashes in one place, in fact you can choose several different locations. If you cannot decide on a location or want to do something a little different with the cremains, why not read our blog post on 6 creative and unique things to do with a loved one’s ashes.
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