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Ash Scattering Services

When a loved one passes away, it can be a difficult and emotional time for family and friends. As part of the grieving process, many families choose to scatter their loved one's ashes in a meaningful location. In Pennsylvania, there are a variety of ash scattering services available to help families honor the memory of their loved ones.

Cremation provides families with more time to arrange where and how to scatter the remains. While there is no policing agency overseeing scattering, there are some basics you should know:

  • If you plan on scattering remains on private property, you will most likely need to receive written permission from the owner.
  • Public parks require that you obtain a scattering permit.
  • There are no regulations regarding cremated remain scattering on uncontrolled public lands; you need to use your own judgment.
  • You should not scatter remains within 100 yards of public roads or trails.
  • The cremation container must be disposed of separately and in an environmentally-safe manner.
  • Scattering remains in inland waters is governed by the Clean Water Act so it's important to obtain a permit from the agency that oversees waterways.
  • Cremated remain scattering at sea must be done at a minimum of three nautical miles from the coastline.
  • Any flowers or wreaths used in the remain scattering ceremony held at sea must decompose. No plastic flowers or other non-decomposable items should be left behind.
  • For cremated remain scattering done at sea, the Environmental Protection Agency requires that you notify the regional office in writing within 30 days after the event.

If you are thinking about scattering a loved one's cremated remains, the information below will help you understand how to scatter ashes, where to scatter ashes, as well as support you in planning for a scattering ashes ceremony.

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Ash Scattering Services in Pennsylvania

Ash scattering services in Pennsylvania can provide a meaningful and peaceful way to honor the memory of your loved one. By considering the location, service options, legal considerations, and cost, you can select a service that meets your family's unique needs and preferences. Take the time to research your options and work with a trusted provider to ensure that your loved one's legacy is honored in the most meaningful way possible.

Here are some of the key factors to consider when selecting an ash scattering service in Pennsylvania:

  1. Pennsylvania offers a diverse range of natural settings and locations that can provide a beautiful and meaningful place for scattering ashes. Whether it's a serene forest, a quiet lake, or a tranquil meadow, Pennsylvania's landscapes provide a range of options for honoring the legacy of your loved one.
  2. When selecting an ash scattering service, it's important to consider the various service options available. Some services may offer personalized rituals or ceremonies, while others may provide more straightforward ash scattering services. It's important to choose a service that aligns with your family's preferences and needs.
  3. In Pennsylvania, there are specific laws and regulations surrounding the scattering of ashes. It's important to ensure that the ash scattering service you select is in compliance with all relevant laws and regulations.
  4. Ash scattering services in Pennsylvania can vary in cost depending on the service options you select. It's important to understand the pricing structure and associated costs before selecting a service.

Cremation Scattering Checklist

If you’re interested in planning an cremation scattering ceremony, this helpful checklist will make sure you are prepared for every aspect of the service.

Select the Type of Ceremony

The first part of planning a ceremony for cremation scattering is selecting which type of ceremony you would like to do. There are no requirements that determine what kind of ceremony you must hold. Select the option you feel will be most meaningful for your family.

Decide Who Will Lead the Ceremony

The leader will be responsible for saying some words about the deceased, following the schedule, and introducing anyone who is actively participating (reading a poem, leading a song, saying a prayer, etc.).

Plan the Schedule for the Day

Once you know who is going to lead the ceremony, you can begin planning the events. This is when you select people to participate and arrange the order of everything that will take place during the ceremony.

Prepare a Location

Find a special place to hold the ceremony and spread the cremated remains. Check to see if you need any special permits and let guests know how to get to the location and any special clothes they should wear.

Decide Who Will Spread the Remains

Some families select one individual to spread the remains such as the leader of the ceremony or a child. Other families take turns, each spreading a little bit of the remains.

Check the Urn and the Remains

Make sure you check the urn to make sure there will be no issues the day of the ceremony (lid stuck, container sealed). Also check the contents inside, over time the remains can become packed together.

Inform the Attendees

Make sure you guests know what the schedule for the day is. This includes:

  • When to arrive
  • Location
  • What to expect during the ceremony
  • Plan for afterward
  • Anything they need to bring

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