Once a cremation service in Aspen, CO is done, the work is not finished. The bereaved still have to plan and carry out a final resting choice for the deceased’s ashes. There are a few different options, such as burying the ashes, keeping them in your home, or scattering them. If you want to go the scattering route, keep reading to learn some basic information and tips such as the following:
- Look Up Local Laws – Rules and regulations about where you can scatter ashes varies from state to state, and even city to city. Be sure to read up on your local laws to avoid getting fined for scattering in a prohibited place. The same goes for more unique scattering locations, such as at sea or in national parks. Sometimes you even need a permit.
- There are Different Scattering Methods– Scattering can mean more than just tossing ashes into the wind. Casting and trenching are two of the most common methods of scattering ashes. Casting is scattering the ashes into the air, and trenching is burying the ashes lightly into the ground. You can also cast ashes from an airplane, rake ashes into soil, or shoo them into space if you have the budget.
- You Don’t Have to Scatter All the Ashes – You can scatter as much or as little of the ashes as you want. Sometimes different members of the family each take a turn scattering, or some of the ashes are kept to be scattered at a later date, in a different location, or not at all.
- There Might be Bones – Most cremations reduce the body down to fine ash mixed with coarse, sand-like ash containing bone fragments. Be aware of this fact when considering scattering.
- Check the Wind Direction – Be sure to take note of the wind direction on the day you want to scatter. You do not want to have ashes blown back into your face. It’s not unhealthy or dangerous, just very uncomfortable.
- Come Prepared – It seems obvious, but it’s important to make a clear plan for who will scatter the ashes, and this might not be as straightforward as it may seem. Sometimes families wish for a religious leader to do the scattering, or other times families hire a company to help.
- Create Memories – You can take a video or pictures of the process to help preserve memories, and to have something more concrete to honor the deceased once the ashes are gone. Sometimes the bereaved regret scattering all the ashes as it takes away any concrete memorial. Pictures and videos can be good substitutes.
There really isn’t a right or wrong way to scatter ashes after an Aspen, CO cremation service. As long as you honor the deceased, and follow local laws, you’ll be fine. Want to learn more? Please reach out to Brown’s Cremation & Funeral Service. You can stop by and visit us at 904 N 7th St Grand Junction, CO 81501, or give us a call at (970) 255-8888 to for more information on what we can do for you in your time of loss.