Scattering Your Loved One’s Ashes

Scattering your loved one’s ashes could be just what you need set them free and memorialize them in a special way. Perhaps your loved one left you instructions on how they wanted to be remembered, like having their ashes spread on the beach or in the mountains. Or maybe you’re planning your own way to honor your loved one and making it a special trip with the family. Before spreading the ashes, there are a couple things you need to keep in mind, and we’ve collected those here to help make your experience a smooth one.


When it comes to where to scatter your loved one’s ashes, the possibilities are pretty much endless. Whether you want to stay within your state or the U.S., or you want to take a special trip to somewhere exotic, that’s up to you. Some people find it comforting to spread small amounts of the ashes in multiple places around the country or globe, especially if their loved one enjoyed traveling. Others prefer to spread all of the ashes at one time in one location. Whatever you choose is entirely up to you. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about where you’d like to spread your loved one’s ashes:

  • At your loved one’s home
  • At your loved one’s favorite beach
  • In a nearby lake, river or ocean
  • In your loved one’s favorite vacation spot
  • From cliffside or mountaintop
  • In a national park (with permission)


When you think of scattering ashes, you’re likely thinking about casting, the act of releasing ashes into the wind. But there are a few other methods to spreading ashes that you could consider.

  • Trenching – This is the act of digging a small trench in which you place the ashes and then sand or dirt is placed on top of them. Often times people will stand in a circle around the trench as a special ceremony.
  • Ringing – This is the act of scattering the ashes around an object, oftentimes a tree or statue.
  • Green Burial – Some people choose to place the ashes in a biodegradable urn that will eventually dissolve into the soil. Sometimes people even include a plant or seeds along with the urn so that something grows in the place of the burial as a nice way to keep their loved one’s memory alive.

Legal Concerns

In many cases it is perfectly legal to scatter ashes, but laws differ for every state, so it’s important to read up on regulations for your particular city and/or state in the planning stages.

Heritage Cremation Society is here for you in your time of need. Contact us today and we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

John Falk