What You Need To Know About Scattering Ashes

Cremated remains, or ashes, can be scattered in many different ways and places. Many people choose to have a formal or informal ceremony around scattering cremated remains, though the decision to have a ceremony or not is entirely up to you.

If the person who died specified how or where he or she would like his or her ashes scattered, follow those instructions. If no instructions were made, consider selecting a meaningful location and a way that feels good to you

Ashes scattering ceremony

If you'd like to have a ceremony when you scatter the ashes, think about how you'd like that ceremony of be. You can have people deliver eulogies or share memories of the person who died, play music, or recite poems or prayers. An ashes scattering ceremony can be similar to a memorial service, so see our article on Memorial Services for ceremony inspiration.

Choosing someone to officiate the ashes scattering

If the person who died was religious or you'd like the ashes scattering ceremony to follow your religion's customs, you can ask your religious leader to officiate the service. You can also choose to lead the service yourself, or ask a friend or family member to officiate.

Inviting friends and family to an ashes scattering

While some people will choose to scatter ashes privately or with only a few other people, others will want to scatter ashes at a larger memorial service. If you are going to scatter the ashes with a small group, who would you like to include? If you are going to scatter the ashes with a large group, consider how you will orchestrate this.

For ideas of how to scatter cremated remains, see our article How to Scatter Ashes.

For ideas of where to scatter cremated remains, see our article Where to Scatter Ashes.

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