cremation ceremony, one of the most popular practices that surviving family members
choose for the deceased’s ashes is scattering, which refers to distributing
the deceased’s ashes in or on the ground, air, or water. Here, you
will find several ideas to consider for your loved one’s ash scattering ceremony.
Incorporating the Ashes into the Ground
Two common methods of placing a deceased individual’s ashes into
the earth are trenching and raking. Trenching traditionally involves digging
a shallow trench, scattering the ashes along its length, and then burying
them with soil. Raking refers to the process of gently raking the cremated
remains into the ground, as opposed to simply scattering the decease’s
ashes onto the ground. This method allows the ashes to integrate with
the environment more rapidly. Before choosing either of these methods,
it is important to check the area’s regulations for disposing of ashes.
Casting the Ashes from the Air
To cast a loved one’s ashes into the air or over a broad expanse
of water or land, some people choose to perform the ceremony on a helicopter
or plane. Before proceeding, be sure to check with the local regulations
regarding this method for scattering ashes.
Additional Options to Consider
Traditionally, casting ceremonies begin with a eulogy or a brief speech,
along with music or a poetry reading. These choices give you the opportunity
to personalize the ceremony and pay tribute to the deceased’s life
journey and their favorite musicians or authors. If your casting service
is to be held in a sheltered area, then incorporating photos and candles
can be a beautiful choice. Also, casting the ashes along with birdseed,
wildflower seeds, or flower petals is a nice way to add a natural touch
to the ceremony.
Chapel of the Chimes Oakland offers
several cremation and funeral services at our funeral home in Oakland. To find out more about our funeral home
ceremonies and services, please contact us by calling (510) 654-0123.