Cremations on the rise: Best practices for ash scattering

One out of two individuals in the United States now prefers cremation over burial, according to statistics outlined in Josh Sanburn’s “The New American Way of Death.” As cremation has become a popular alternative to traditional burial, there are many different ways to honor the cremains of a loved one. Deciding on the proper and legal cremation ash-scattering location can be tricky, and it is recommended you speak with your cremation service provider before scattering ashes.

According to the Cremation Association of North America, one third of those cremated prefer their remains to stay with loved ones, another third want their remains buried, the final wishes of the last third include ash scattering. Though ash scattering is highly desirable, different locales impose different regulations. It is important to contact local authorities to inquire about ash-scattering regulations for different areas.

One of the most popular places to scatter ashes is at sea or another large body of water. According to regulations put in place by the Environmental Protection Agency, planes and boats must be at least three nautical miles from the scattering site before ashes can be scattered. Though the Funeral Consumers Alliance states that many officials turn a blind eye to water and beach scattering, it is always best to follow local laws.

National parks such as the Grand Canyon allow ash scattering. In most instances, you can purchase a permit from the from the chief park ranger. The ranger will also supply you with information about how the ashes should be treated by the cremation service provider before scattering. It is important to speak with your cremation service provider to make sure the cremation process is within regulation for burial within a state or national park.

At Heartland Cremation Services, we understand your loved ones should be treated with the utmost respect and dignity. For more information on state and local regulations on ash scattering, please contact us. We proudly serve Kansas City, MO, and the surrounding areas.

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