You've had the funeral and now you have an urn sitting on your shelf. It is filled with the ashes of your loved one. Your loved one has entrusted you to scatter their ashes in a place they love. Unfortunately, this is often more difficult than anticipated. Luckily, you can make it easy by keeping these four things in mind:
1. Consider The Wind
Now it might sound odd, but you should carefully consider the wind direction before you scatter the ashes. If you don't, you could wind up with ash sticking to your skin. Luckily, this is easily avoided. All you need to do is stand upwind when you disperse the ashes. Voila, they won't stick to you.
2. Determine If This Will Be A One-Time Event
Another thing you should think about is whether you'll scatter the ashes once or multiple times. While you might plan to do a one-time scattering, you might want to keep extra just in case. If you move, you might want to scatter the ashes there. Additionally, you might travel and find a breathtakingly beautiful place. So think very carefully whether you'll scatter all the ashes at once – or whether you'll scatter them multiple times in various places.
3. Consider The Law
You should also consider the law. The laws on scattering ashes vary in different states, counties, and countries. For example, you may need permission if you plan to scatter the ashes on federally regulated land, such as a national park. If you do not know the law, ask someone in charge. It's always better to err on the side of caution. After all, you do not want to arrested while scattering the ashes of your loved one.
4. Visit Various Locations
Finally, make sure you visit various locations before you spread the ashes. While your loved one may have had their heart set on a specific location, things happen. That place may now be a parking lot. So take your time and look at many locations. This will ensure that you don't wind up having a ceremony in an old, abandoned lot. Plus, this will allow you to choose the most beautiful location possible.
Dispersing the ashes of your loved one should be a memorable experience – for the right reasons. So make sure you keep these four things in mind. If you need help planning a ceremony, contact a local cremation services provider.