Ashes can be scattered or interred depending on the wishes of the deceased. If the deceased has not expressed a preference then the relatives are free to make their own decision. The choice is personal.
Most crematoria have their own Gardens of Remembrance. It is usually free of charge for the ashes to be either spread over the garden or placed in a burial plot. Crematoriums can make arrangements for the planting of a tree or shrub or the placing of a memorial plaque. There is usually a charge for this service.
Some crematoria will keep ashes for up to a month before making a charge to store them, but this can vary. If there is no prior instruction, they are then strewn in the garden of remembrance. The family or next of kin may instead decide to scatter the ashes in a place that has special significance or happy memories. You can bury or scatter them in your own garden but need to consider what will happen if you decide to move house. Sometimes families hold informal ceremonies to mark the occasion.
There are companies that offer specialized services for the scattering of ashes. For example, your loved one may have expressed a wish for their ashes to be scattered at sea. In this case the Royal Navy has a number of regulations concerning the material the casket can be made from in order to protect the marine environment.
Usually churchyards and cemeteries have a Garden of Remembrance for the interment of ashes. To use either of these locations you will need the permission of the church or cemetery authorities. There are also designated woodland and green burial sites that offer the opportunity to inter ashes.
Scattering of Ashes
There are no laws that prevent the scattering of ashes on land or in rivers or lakes. However, the minerals in cremated remains can damage fragile eco-systems so you should try to avoid environmentally sensitive areas. You should also first seek the permission of the landowner.
Ashes into Glass
Keep your loved one close to you always with Ashes into Glass. Your loved one’s cremation ashes are added to crystal glass to create memorial jewellery and paperweights.
All items are engraved with your own personal message of up to 25 characters except earrings which are too small for engraving.