Where to scatter ashes

Where to scatter ashes? Ceremony Ideas For What To Do

It could be for a loved one who’s passed away or you’re making future plans for an upcoming cremation. After cremation is chosen for the deceased, the question of what to with their ashes needs to be addressed.

While many people will often keep some of the ashes within a cremation urn or jewellery, scattering ashes is a popular tradition for paying tribute. But when the time comes to choose, you might not know where to start.

Coming up with ideas

If you’ve chosen to scatter ashes but undecided about what place to choose, take some time to reflect about the person. Here are some questions that will help you come up with some ideas:

  • Did the person have a certain place they loved?
  • Is there an activity the person enjoyed?
  • What were their hobbies?
  • Was there anything they wanted to do, but couldn’t?
  • What type of personality did they have?

Once you have reflected about your loved one, start putting a list together about specific places that would be the most suitable. For instance, if the person was full of adventure and loved riding motorcycles, you won’t be taking their ashes to a pond while reading a Haiku. Should they have loved to knit and lived life carefully, you might not want to go skydiving with them- unless of course that was life long dream that never got done.

Here are a few general ideas that are popular for scattering ashes in Australia:

Private land

Should a specific place hold significance for the deceased, it may be on a piece of private land that could be ideal for scattering. You may also be able to create a memorial site for the departed, and give family and friends a place to visit.

Water and Air

Releasing ashes into the water or air is often a celebratory gesture for someone who had a passion for things like fishing, flying, or who just had a lively spirit. If you are looking for a more structured approach, there are companies which specialise in scattering ashes at sea.

International

Sometimes there is just a need to get away from it all – and maybe it was the wishes of your loved one. If you’re are going overseas with remains, make sure you do some research on the destination country. Contact the consulate and airport to find out what is needed in terms of paperwork- like a death certificate or other legal documentation.

Restrictions on scattering ashes in Australia

If you have a place in mind for scattering, make sure you know if there are any restrictions and rules. Depending on which state, you may need to get permission from land owners, park trusts, or local councils. In general, the rules for scattering in Australia are pretty relaxed. However if you’re unsure, contact your local council.

Restrictions on scattering ashes in Australia

If you have a place in mind for scattering, make sure you know if there are any restrictions and rules. Depending on which state, you may need to get permission from land owners, park trusts, or local councils. In general, the rules for scattering in Australia are pretty relaxed. However if you’re unsure, contact your local council.