Essential Funerals

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Scattering the ashes

Things to think about after the funeral:

Scattering the ashes after cremation

  • In the grounds of the crematorium
  • On a family grave
  • In your garden
  • At a place with fond memories
  • In woodland or on moorland
  • At sea
  • Abroad

In some cases, permission may be needed from the appropriate authority.

Burying ashes
People choose to bury ashes for a variety of reasons. For instance, families can then visit the place of burial and put up a memorial at the site, while others place the ashes of more than one family member together.

In each case, we can help by seeking permission from the appropriate authority. When ashes are scattered or buried in a churchyard, cemetery or different crematorium, the appropriate authority may also require the Certificate of Cremation provided by the crematorium.

Keeping the ashes
Some people prefer to keep the ashes at home in a casket or urn designed for that purpose. In some cases this is so that when a spouse or partner dies, the remains of both can be scattered or buried together. Others place a small amount in a piece of jewellery, for example a specially designed locket.