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Check Rules Before Scattering Ashes

Many people tell their loved ones where they would like to have their ashes scattered before they pass away. Other times, a family member feels the best way to honour their lost loved one is by scattering their ashes in a place that held meaning to them.

One of the problems you will face when honouring your loved one in this way, is knowing the laws around your area. Every area has different rules when it comes to scattering ashes. It is important that you figure out what the rules are before you plan your final resting place.

Will You Need a Permit?

If you are planning to release their remains in a national or state park, then contact the park ranger and ask whether or not you need a permit. Any public place that you choose to set your loved one free, you should contact the authorities of that location. It would be better that you do not have your ceremony stopped because you are in violation of the rules.

Respect For Other Cultures

Not only are there safety concerns when it comes to the scattering of ashes, but there are religious and cultural reasons you might not be able to release your loved one in certain areas.

For example, in Colorado at the Mesa Verde National Park, it has been requested by the Native American Indian Tribes that live in the land, that these ceremonies do not take place. They consider these areas to be sacred, and it would dishonour their wishes for people to do this. You can read more about that story here. Are There Restrictions to Scattering Ashes?

When it comes to scattering ashes on water, check with the port authority regarding how far out to sea you have to be before you let your loved ones remains go. Most areas require you be far enough away from the shoreline before you chose the final resting place.


Here at Scattering on Water, we are able to set you up with a charter boat in the area that you live. Be sure to check out our services for that. Those that run these boats have a working knowledge of the restrictions you will encounter and can take you far enough out that you are ok to have your ceremony.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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