Ideas for Scattering Ashes

If you have chosen a cremation instead of a burial service for your loved one, you might not have thought about what you are going to do with their ashes. The possibilities for scattering ashes are almost endless, but it is important not to rush the decision and think about things like if you will be able to return to the area, will the location always be there and be accessible. Here we have put some ideas that might help you when considering a location to say goodbye to your loved one.

Ideas for scattering ashes

  • Don’t feel like you have to scatter them, many people choose to place them in an urn and keep them close by.
  • Their favourite location to visit, or a place they would love to go to. This could be anything like the beach, a park, their garden or the hills.
  • If there is somewhere that they always wanted to travel to, you might like to take them there and scatter or place them there. Think about if you would like to return to this location though, if it is far away it might not be practical to visit as often as you would like.
  • You might like to divide the ashes. This can allow for multiple options, or be distributed between family members.
  • You might like to scatter the ashes as part of their favourite activity. If they loved to go surfing or skydiving for example, the ashes could be released during these activities.
  • Place the ashes at another loved ones burial site.

While you do not need to seek a permit to scatter ashes in South Australia, you should always check to make sure there are no other requirements for your chosen location. Be sure to check with the local council or property owner and follow any guidelines advised.

The team at Mattiske Funerals are here to help anyone that has lost a loved one create a memorable celebration with an intimate and personalised service. With over 50 years in the industry, our experienced staff are committed to providing sincere and compassionate support to guide you through this difficult time. Contact us today if there is any way that we can assist you.


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