Where to Scatter Ashes

Cremated remains can be scattered on your own property, in a public or national park, at sea or over a body of water, or in any number of other locations. If the person who died specified where he or she would like his or her ashes scattered, follow those instructions. If no instructions were made, consider selecting a meaningful location.

Scattering remains on private property

If you’re planning on scattering the remains on your property, know that you have every right to do so. However, some states may require you to get a permit before you scatter the ashes. If you’re planning on scattering the remains on private property that you do not own, be sure to get permission from the landowner before you do.

Scattering remains in a national park

If you’re planning on scattering the remains in a national park, you’ll need to apply for a permit from the National Parks Service. Every national park has a different application form for scattering permits.

Hiring a company to scatter the ashes

There are a number of companies that will scatter the ashes for you. Some specialize in scattering ashes from a small airplane, while other will scatter the remains in remote or distant locations around the world or over a body of water.

For ideas on how to scatter ashes, see our article How to Scatter Ashes.

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