Spreading a Loved One’s Remains After Cremation

Cremation is becoming an increasingly popular choice for those that pass, opting for this over a burial. There are many reasons that influence this, including lower costs and the ability to spread the ashes of the loved one wherever the family members see fit. It can mean that families feel they can leave their loved ones who have passed, in a space that was special for them, rather than being restricted to a graveyard or burial site. There are many places that people choose to spread remains, from a vacation destination or a beauty spot that they used to visit a lot, to out at sea. Cremated remains are harmless and pose no risk to those that visit the area, or the wildlife that is present, so it is generally accepted that you can scatter ashes in a wide variety of spaces around the UK.

Spreading Cremated Remains: Where to do this?

If you are looking to spread the cremated remains of a loved one, there are many places that you can choose to do this. Here we have put together some of the most popular spots:

At home - A lot of families choose to spread the ashes of their loved one in their back or front garden. This is particularly true if you have moved into the house that the deceased used to live in and if you know that you won't be moving again in the future. By doing this you can always feel close to your loved one and know that they are always close by. It is important to bear in mind that to move ashes that have been buried to another location, an exhumation licence would be required.

In a public place: It could be there is a special place that your loved one always used to visit and this is where you choose to spread their ashes. Maybe there was a park that they used to visit, a favourite place they used to walk, or somewhere that you associate with that person. Make sure you check in advance that the law allows you to spread ashes in your chosen spot. 

In the water: If your loved one really enjoyed the water or has a connection to an ocean, lake or river, a water burial could be a good idea. There are many boating companies you can choose from that enable you to spread their ashes, or you could look into renting your own boat. There are laws and rules about where you can spread their ashes, so make sure you look into this before you go and alert the relevant authorities should this be necessary.

From the sky: This is more of a unique way to spread cremated remains but is becoming an increasingly more popular one. You can scatter them from a special plane, by a drone, while doing a skydive, or you could turn them into fireworks. This is a beautiful scattering ceremony that will fill the sky with fireworks and will stay forever in your memory.

How to Spread Cremated Remains?

There are many ways to spread cremated remains, and again, this is up to you. You could look around your home and find a container that you could use, you could make one yourself, or you can purchase an urn that is designed specifically for this purpose. Below we have put together some of the most common (and not too expensive!) urns that can be used for spreading ashes.

Eco Scattering Urns - An Eco scattering urn is a patented design that is created from bamboo, making it an eco-friendly, biodegradable and sustainable option. The urn is shaped to a long cylinder design similar to a tube and it means you can spread the ashes away from yourself, without having them blowback on you. The urn features a proprietary locking mechanism that means you can easily spread a portion of remains at one location before taking them to another location. It also means that during transit the ashes are safely secured. There are four different sizes of the Eco scattering urn depending on what you need and how many ashes you need to scatter.

Paper Scattering Urn - Paper scattering urns are similar in shape to Eco scattering urns, but are made from paper instead of bamboo. They tend to have images of nature or other designs printed on the outside and are typically a lower cost option for families to secure the ashes of their loved one. Coming in multiple sizes they are more cost-effective and easy to use, however, a drawback is that you will need to glue part of the urn together once you have loaded the cremated remains inside it.

An Eco water urn - The Eco water urn is a patent-pending design and is a top choice for those looking to have a water burial. Created from recycled plant materials using only pressure and heat to put it together and avoiding any glue or chemicals, it is an environmentally friendly option. The urn works by floating on the surface of the water for a few minutes, before the bottom of the urn dissolves. When this happens, the cremated remains are gently dispersed across the water.

An ice urn: Flow, the ice urn is a new and unique way to spread cremated remains. This is a patented design and as the name suggests, consists of a block of ice with the loved one’s ashes inside. Once the ice is lowered into the water, it will slowly melt, scattering the ashes below the water. It is a beautifully presented way to scatter the cremated remains of someone you love.