Funeral Home Suggestions For Ash Scatterings

By: Kraft-Sussman Funeral & Cremation Services
Monday, February 24, 2020

When you decide to cremate a loved one with funeral homes in Las Vegas, NV, there are many things you can do with their ashes after the cremation process is complete. Many people like to have a memorial service of some kind first, whether that might be a traditional service or more of a celebration of life. Once that is over, you will need to decide where to place your loved one’s ashes. You can bury them, keep them, or scatter them, among other things. Ash scattering ceremonies can be very cathartic and is a lovely, symbolic way of letting your loved one go. However, you will need to look into the location you choose for the scattering. Here are a few guidelines. 


Get Permission For Private Property 

If you want to scatter your loved one on property you own, that is completely your right and you don’t have to do anything further than moving forward with the process whenever you please. However, if you want to scatter on property you do not own, you will need to get permission from the owner first. It is always best to get that permission in writing so there are no issues later. 


Public Grounds Scattering 

There are also public locations that are nice for scattering, like a community park. You will want to check with the local municipality to see what you need to do to move forward legally. Sometimes you may have to obtain a scattering permit. Other times there are no regulations. Try to scatter, out of respect for others, 100 yards away from trails and public roads. 


Water Scattering 

Every body of water is different and there are some that do not legally allow ash scatterings. The EPA states that you can scatter ashes in the ocean, but you must do so three miles from shore from a boat or a plane. You are also required to contact the EPA to let them know of the scattering within 30 days of doing so. If you are unsure about scattering rules around the body of water you have chosen, talk to the local agencies to see where you can scatter and where you need to stay away. 


While there are different rules and regulations around scattering, there are three different types of processes you can utilize once you choose a location. Casting is the most popular and just describes casting the ashes into the wind, onto the ground, or into the water. Raking has become more popular today and includes placing ashes into a garden and raking them in. And then water burial is a process that includes an urn that dissolves in water. You place it in the water, and it floats away and distributes ashes as it dissolves. 


There is much to think about when you are considering scattering ashes and funeral homes in Las Vegas, NV are here to help you understand the rules and regulations everywhere you go. Contact Kraft-Sussman Funeral & Cremation Services for any information you need. 

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