Scattering is a beautiful form of final disposition. While there are endless ways to personalize a scattering, a traditional scattering is where one person (or many) release the cremated remains to the wind.
A scattering can be held anywhere as long as it is permitted by local regulations. Krause Funeral Homes can help facilitate scattering discussions with the proper authorities.
Some families choose to scatter some of the cremated remains and keep a portion in an urn or keepsake urn. Having a permanent memorial can be meaningful for loved ones and future generations who want to pay their respects.
A permanent plaque or other memorial noting the location of a scattering is another option.
Be sure to discuss your wishes with your family and put specifics into writing.
Personalized Scattering Ideas
- Farewell Toast: Using special cups or glasses, cremated remains may be tossed simultaneously in a “toast” like gesture.
- Personalized Trench: Using a trowel or hoe, some choose to draw initials, a heart or a date into the Earth and fill with their loved one’s cremated remains. It could be done on a beach, timed so that the cremated remains slowly wash into the water as the tide rises.
- Circle of Life: Cremated remains can be poured around a meaningful object like a tree or a group of candles. Loved ones may create a circle around the object and cremated remains, sharing words of remembrance.
- Returning to the Earth: A rake may be used to ceremoniously mix the Earth with cremated remains. This is often how the cremated remains are scattered in a memorial garden.
- Water Scattering: By using a water-soluble urn that gradually disperses the cremated remains into to the water or tossing cremated remains directly into the water, a favorite lake or river could be a loved one’s final resting place.
- Aerial Scattering: Cremated remains may be professionally cast from a private plane over a specific location.
- Reef Construction: Cremated remains can be combined with concrete to create new marine habitats for fish and other forms of sea life.
- Artwork: Artists may combine cremated remains with oil paint and create a painting of choice, including portraits and landscapes.
- Fireworks: Professional pyrotechnicians can combine cremated remains with explosive materials and create a fireworks display in conjunction with a memorial service.