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What You Should Know About Scattering Cremated Remains

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Today, many people choose cremation instead of ground burial when planning a funeral for a deceased loved one. If you are in the process of arranging cremation services and plan to scatter the cremated remains, then there are some important things that you should know about this process.

Where You Can Scatter Cremated Remains
If you are planning to scatter the cremated remains on public property, then look into the local laws and regulations regarding the process. Also, many state and national parks require that you obtain a permit before scattering ashes on the land. If you are hoping to perform the ritual on private property, then you must obtain permission from the property’s owner before proceeding. Finally, the scattering of cremated remains at sea must be performed at least 3 nautical miles from shore, and some areas require that the waters have a minimum depth. After scattering cremated remains at sea, you must inform the EPA within the first 30 days.

How You Can Scatter Cremated Remains
There are several ways to approach the ritual of scattering cremated remains. When the cremated remains are tossed into the wind, this is called casting. If you choose this method, be sure that you are standing upwind of where you will be casting so that the cremated remains won’t be carried toward you or anyone in attendance. Another option, called trenching, involves the digging of a small trench into which the cremated remains are placed before being covered with soil. In scattering gardens, which are communal areas where people can scatter cremated remains, many people choose the option of raking, which involves raking the cremated remains into the soil. A few other options for you to consider are scattering the ashes from a plane, burying them in a biodegradable urn, or dropping them into the sea inside of a water-soluble urn.

Chapel of the Chimes Hayward offers a wide selection of cremation services near Hayward. If you’re considering your options for funeral homes and services, then please give us a call today at (510) 400-4442.

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