How To Scatter Ashes Legally

If you are considering cremation services in New Berlin, WI you should have a plan for how you will spread your loved one’s ashes. Here are some different options to keep in mind and consider.


Many people scatter their loved one's ashes in nature after gathering their family and friends and hiking to a special spot. This is a great way to get everyone outside and air out, clear your minds, and reflect on the person who passed away with your family and friends. It is not uncommon for great trails to be within an hour's driving distance of most cities in the U.S. Some trails may even be within minutes of some cities. Almost any hike can be found online with just a quick internet search.


When hiking, it is important to decide where to scatter. What type of land does the land belong to? Is it federally owned, or does it belong to a state or private entity? If you plan on venturing out, review the rules and regulations they have in place (and ask permission, if necessary) before you go. When hiking or on a trail, avoid scattering in crowded areas. You can make the event more private by heading away from the trail and finding a more secluded place. A popular trail might be less crowded on a weekday or early in the morning if you take it during a weekday or early in the morning.


A hike or any outdoor activity where ashes need to be scattered should be carefully planned based on wind conditions. Make sure the wind blows behind you (away from you) and others nearby to help prevent ashes from blowing back at you.


The container or urn used for scattering should also be appropriate. People are increasingly looking for scattering urn options as the interest in scattering the ashes of loved ones grows. These containers are usually long cylinder-shaped, which makes it easier to scatter away from the body without the ashes blowing back on the scatterer. A scattering urn may also have a unique feature that makes the process easier. A few of the most popular scattering urns are highlighted below.


It is common for families to scatter an ancestor's ashes in multiple locations or to divide them up to create multiple memorials in memory of their loved one. A living urn for example can be used to grow a tree memorial with a portion (or all) of one set of ashes, a burial urn for burying the ashes at a special place, or ashes can be included in glass decorative pieces or custom jewelry, among other options besides scattering.


If you are thinking about having your loved one cremated, you will need to know about the different types of urns that are available and how you can spread the ashes of the deceased. If you are ready to plan for your cremation services in New Berlin, WI, be sure to reach out to us for help with your plans.

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