When planning a cremation ceremony, it’s very important to talk to
someone at your funeral home or
crematorium about where you can scatter your loved one’s ashes. Planning ahead
will ensure that you adhere to laws regulating cremation services and
the scattering of ashes. Here is some practical advice for scattering
ashes during or after a funeral service or cremation service.
Find Out Where You’re Allowed to Scatter
You must follow certain regulations when arranging
cremation services and scattering ashes on private land, controlled public land, or in a
public body of water, such as a lake or ocean. You shouldn’t plan
a cremation ceremony on private property without written permission from
the landowner. Before you scatter ashes on controlled public land, like
city or federal parks, you’ll need to obtain permits and follow
regulations. At least 30 days before scattering ashes in a body of water,
you’ll need to notify the EPA.
Consider Keeping Some of the Ashes
You may want to keep some of the ashes as a memorial to your loved one.
When you begin planning a cremation ceremony with your funeral home or
crematorium, ask the funeral director about your cremation services options.
You can retain some ashes in a cremation urn or cremation jewelry. You
can also bury a portion of the ashes in a cemetery, or entomb them in
a columbarium or mausoleum.
Include Friends and Family When Planning a Cremation Ceremony
When planning a cremation ceremony, you should include friends and family
in the cremation services. The cremation ceremony will be more meaningful
if other loved ones are involved in the planning process. Loved ones can
also provide grief support and comfort during a difficult time.
planning a cremation ceremony near Oakland and would like to talk to an expert at a funeral home and crematorium,
come see us at Chapel of the Chimes Oakland. Our compassionate staff has
experience planning funeral services and cremation services for families
of all cultures, religions, and ethnicities. For more information about
our funeral home and crematorium, including our memorial park, mausoleum,
and columbarium, call us today at (510) 654-0123.