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4 Things to Consider When Scattering Ashes 

Published: November 28, 2022
by John L. Ziegenhein and Sons Funeral Home

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Scattering ashes is a meaningful final resting place for your loved one’s remains. Ash scattering is one of the popular ways families honor a loved one after cremation services in St. Louis, MO

The right location and companion can bring peace and comfort to you after losing someone you love.  

If you’re planning on scattering ashes, there are some things you need to think about first. Scattering ashes is not as simple as tossing them into the wind while standing on top of a mountain.  

Read on to learn more about scattering ashes and what you should consider if this is something you want with your loved one’s remains. 

Who Can Scatter Ashes?

The short answer is absolutely anyone. You don’t need to be related to the person whose ashes you want to scatter. You don’t even need to be super close to the deceased. All that matters is that you have the necessary permission, loved the person, and would like to give them a meaningful resting place after they pass.  

If you’re close with the deceased’s family, they might appreciate being part of the ceremony. That said, it’s not a requirement. You’re welcome to do this on your own or with a small group of people if you like. 

Decide Where You’d Like to Scatter the Ashes 

Scattering ashes somewhere special gives the deceased a memorable final resting place. If you’re interested in scattering ashes in a special location, you need to think about where to do it.  

Consider how the person felt about that place. Was it near a special event in their life? Did they visit a lot as a child? Did they dream of going there one day?  

If you’re not scattering ashes in a particular place, you can still find solace in spreading them with a special person. If someone was close to the person who passed away, you could scatter the ashes with them. 

Make Sure It’s Legal to Scatter There

When it comes to where to scatter ashes, the best place, regardless of sentiment, is an appropriate place. You don’t need to worry about scattering ashes on your property.  

But you probably need a permit if you’re scattering ashes in a public place. If you’re scattering ashes on someone else’s property, clear it with them first. It’s a good idea to ask for their permission and let them know when you plan on doing it. They will appreciate the heads-up. 

What To Expect When Scattering Ashes 

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Expect to feel a range of emotions. You may feel elated, excited, sad, or any other emotion while scattering ashes. You may not feel any emotion at all. Whatever you feel is completely normal and okay.  

Scattering ashes is a meaningful way to express your love for someone who has passed away. It can also be incredibly healing for you after losing someone special. The right place, companion, and ceremony can help you find comfort and closure after losing someone you love. 

If you’d like a ceremony to go along with the scattering, we can help. Our cremation services in St. Louis, MO, include memorial service and celebration of life. Call us now to learn more about your options and get started with arrangements

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