As long as it is permitted by local regulations you can have a scattering memorial service or ceremony in any place that is meaningful to you. Gaffney Funeral Home has experience in helping facilitate scattering discussions with the proper authorities.
Many choose a traditional scattering where one or many release the cremated remains to the wind; however, there are endless ways to personalize a scattering ceremony.
Partial Scattering & Memorial Markers
For some families the right choice is to scatter some of the remains and keep some remains in an urn or keepsake urn. A permanent plaque or other memorial noting the location of a scattering is another option.
It is important to discuss your wishes with family members and put specifics into writing.
Personalized Scattering Ideas
Farewell Toast: Using special cups or glasses, cremated remains may be tossed simultaneously in a “toast” like gesture.
Personalized Trench: Using a trowel or hoe, some choose to draw initials, a heart or a date into the Earth and fill with their loved one’s remains. It could be done on a beach, timed so that the remains slowly wash into the water as the tide rises.
Circle of Life: Remains can be poured around a meaningful object like a tree or a group of candles. Loved ones may create a circle around the object and remains, sharing words of remembrance.
Returning to the Earth: A rake may be used to ceremoniously mix the Earth with cremated remains. This is often how the remains are scattered in a memorial garden.
Water Scattering: By using a water-soluble urn that gradually disperses the ashes back to the water or tossing cremated remains directly into the water a favorite lake or river could be a loved one’s final resting place.
Aerial Scattering: Cremated remains may be professionally cast from a private plane over a specific location.
Reef Construction: Cremated remains can be combined with concrete to create new marine habitats for fish and other forms of sea life.
Artwork: Artists may combine cremated remains with oil paint and create a painting of choice, including portraits and landscapes.
Fireworks: Professional pyrotechnicians have combined cremated remains with explosive materials and create a fireworks display in conjunction with a memorial service.