Scattering Your Loved One’s Ashes in Water

Scattering Your Loved One’s Ashes in Water

When you lose a loved one, one of the hardest decisions can be deciding on their final resting place. You will want a location that commemorates their memory and encapsulates them as a person. This could be anything from their favourite place that they used to love to visit, to somewhere that has sentimental value - such as the place they grew up. It could be that you want them to be somewhere that the loved one in question really wanted to visit but never got to, or a completely unique location. An example of this is scattering their ashes in water. If this is the route you are looking to take, you likely have quite a few questions about it. Here we look into what your options are and how it works when you want to scatter your loved ones ashes in water.

Choosing a Water Scattering

While a lot of people opt to scatter the ashes of their loved ones on land, this isn't everyone's choice. Opting to scatter ashes in water can be an alternative for many and it could be that your loved one used to love the sea, or travelling was one of their favourite pastimes. In the broadest sense, water scattering can mean anywhere that has water such as a lake, river, ocean or another form of water, but be aware that some restrictions might apply.

Pacific Ocean

The Pacific Ocean is one of the most popular locations to scatter your loved ones ashes as it is the largest and deepest ocean in the world. You could head to a tropical location such as Hawaii or a US beach with your family and friends and make it a celebration of your loved ones life while you scatter their ashes in the ocean.

The Atlantic Ocean

The Atlantic Ocean is the second-largest ocean in the world and it covers approximately 20% of the Earth's surface. A great memorial destination there are a host of places you can access the Atlantic ocean from in order to lay your loved one to rest.

The North Sea

The North Sea is a shallow, northeastern arm of the Atlantic ocean and is one of the most convenient for UK residents to head to in order to scatter a loved one’s ashes. This sea spans between the British Isles and mainland Europe.

What is a water urn?

When it comes to scattering ashes in the water, there are a few different urns that you can select from. It is a good idea to choose a specialist water urn to easily and safely transport your loved ones ashes and to have the best possible experience to celebrate and commemorate them.

A water urn
A water urn is the most popular type of urn when scattering ashes in the water and our eco water urns are 100% biodegradable. They are made from a bamboo case which works to protect the urn during transportation and storage. When it is placed in the water it will float and the bottom portion will dissolve slowly, releasing the ashes slowly into the waves. This urn is designed with you in mind, allowing you to feel completely at ease during the process and know that your loved one is getting the send-off that they deserve.

A bamboo cylinder urn
A bamboo cylinder urn is another type of water urn and is 100% biodegradable and often favoured for its affordability yet high quality. This is the most common type of urn offered by funeral homes and is a great choice when looking to scatter the ashes of your loved one.

An ice urn
While water scattering involves water already, you can also transport your ashes in frozen water, making for a breathtaking and unique urn. The patented Flow, the Ice Urn is an urn that is made entirely from a block of ice that encases the ashes of your loved one. It is visually beautiful and floats gracefully on the surface of the water, scattering the ashes as it melts, being both a mesmerising and environmentally-friendly option.

Services to enhance your water scattering

When you have decided on the location that you want to have for your water scattering, you might be left wondering what is next. How do you travel there? Can you go there yourself? Are there any rules in place? Here we have outlined three main scattering service options to help you transport your loved ones ashes to the location you are looking to go.

Unaccompanied scattering
Unaccompanied scattering happens when one of our trained professionals assists you with transporting your loved ones ashes to a desired location. They will perform the scattering in an eco-friendly scattering urn of choice for you and the service can be done on a day that you choose. As part of this service, you will receive photos and a video of the scattering of the ashes, a certificate of scattering and a record that details the exact GPS coordinates, a date, timestamp and more so you can always know where their ashes went.

Accompanied scattering
When you choose an accompanied scattering it means that you get all the benefits of an unaccompanied one, but you will also attend. You will get a ceremony guide, coordination and friends and family get to come too.

Destination scattering
A destination scattering enables you to celebrate and commemorate your loved one in the most personalised way possible. This can be completed in numerous locations in the UK or abroad and can be tailored to your requests.