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November 25 2019

Where Are the Best Places to Scatter a Person’s Cremated Remains?

You can scatter a person’s cremated remains in a number of places following cremation services. Some people scatter them at sea while others take them to national parks.

Did your loved one request that your family scatter their cremated remains in a special place following their cremation services in West Valley City, UT? Or has your family decided that scattering your loved one’s cremated remains would be the best thing to do with them once their cremation services are over? If you answered yes to either of these questions, scattering your loved one’s remains would be the right move to make. But you should think long and hard about where you’re going to scatter them. Check out some of the most popular places to scatter a person’s remains below.

Out at sea

If your loved one enjoyed spending a ton of time at the beach or out on their boat, the water could very well be the perfect place to scatter their remains. But you should keep in mind that there are some laws you’ll need to follow if you choose to go in this direction. The Environmental Protection Agency does allow families to scatter their loved one’s remains at sea, but they do need to take them three nautical miles off the coast to do it. They also must place the remains into a biodegradable urn if the plan is for the family to throw the urn into the water with the remains. Additionally, families need to report the burial at sea to the EPA within one month to stay in accordance with the law.

In a national park

Was your loved one more comfortable on land than in or on the water, and did they have a soft spot for Mother Nature in their heart? Instead of scattering their cremated remains at sea after their West Valley City, UT cremation, you might want to consider taking them into a national park and scattering them there. You may need to obtain a permit in order to do it, but most national parks allow families to scatter a loved one’s remains. Just make sure you take them off the beaten-path before scattering them so that they don’t get trampled by tourists.

In a garden

Your loved one might not be here anymore, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t continue to bring life to the world. You can help their legacy live on by scattering their remains in a garden outside of your home. Those remains will become a part of the soil that sits beneath your garden, and they’ll play a part in helping whatever it is that you have in your garden to grow. Whether your loved one had a green thumb or not, the garden is a great place for you to put their remains.

On private property (with permission, of course!)

Is there a certain place that was very special to your loved one when they were alive? Maybe it was a golf course, a park, or another place that always brought a smile to their face. You might want to scatter their remains there. But before you do, you should always check with whoever owns the property to see if it’s OK to scatter their remains. If you don’t do this, you will technically be dumping on someone else’s property, and you could face charges for doing it. You also run the risk of a property owner picking up your loved one’s remains and taking them to a different location against your wishes. You’re better off trying to get permission from a property owner in the first place to avoid all of this.

Would you like to learn about some other places where you can scatter your loved one’s remains? Larkin Mortuary can talk to you about your options when you visit our West Valley City, UT funeral home. Give us a call at (801) 363-5781 today for additional information or schedule a meeting with a funeral director at 260 E South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.


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