Answering Questions About Scattering Cremated Remains

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Are you considering cremation for your deceased loved one? If so, then you may have questions about your options after this process. Many families choose to scatter the cremated remains following cremation services . Continue reading to learn the answers to common questions about this practice.

Is it legal to scatter cremated human remains?
It’s legal in all 50 states to scatter cremated remains. However, locations such as state and national parks may require that you obtain a permit. If you’re thinking about scattering the cremated remains at sea, then this must be performed at least 3 miles from land, and other conditions may apply. Finally, you must obtain permission from the property’s owner before scattering cremated remains on private land.

Can cremated remains be scattered in more than 1 location?
It’s not uncommon for family members to scatter a deceased loved one’s cremated remains in more than 1 place. Also, people sometimes choose to scatter a portion of the cremated remains and keep what is left stored in an urn.

What should I expect when I scatter cremated remains?
Often, people are surprised by the appearance of cremated remains. The cremation process removes the organic matter and what is left are bones, which are then pulverized to form what people commonly refer to as ashes. You will find that there are bone fragments present when scattering cremated remains. Generally, the cremated remains of adult males weigh close to 6 pounds, and those of adult females weigh about 4 pounds.

How should I prepare to scatter cremated remains?
First, select a location where you would like to perform the ritual. Next, learn about any special regulations for the area and obtain permission or a permit, if necessary. Then, consider if you would like to perform a reading or play a song during the scattering. Lastly, keep in mind that any wind will be a factor in this process, so choose your position and direction accordingly.

Chapel of the Chimes Oakland offers cremation and funeral services in Oakland. To find out more, please give us a call today at (510) 654-0123.