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Everything You Need To Know About Scattering Ashes


The process of scattering ashes has been around for a long time. Dating back to hundreds of years ago, they bring a significant meaning for people mourning. As cremation becomes a more preferential choice, the use of scattering urns for ashes is becoming more widespread.

If you are unsure on what to do with ashes, it’s worth researching the types of options available. To help ease you through the process, we have put together some guidance on scattering ashes. This will help you determine whether this is the right next step for you to take and answer any questions you may have.

What is a scatter tube for ashes?sunflower-scatter-tube-for-ashes-and-keepsake-urn

A scatter tube for ashes is essentially an ash scattering container. Also known as a scattering urn, these are most often small vessels that help transport cremated remains. This allows people to carry the ashes of their loved ones safely before scattering them to sea or on earth. They can be sourced in many different materials, but carboard and bamboo scatter urns are our most popular.

Ash scatter tubes offer a more controlled way of dispersing cremated remains. Many also use these as a permanent ashes keepsake urn as they keep well if stored in dry conditions.

How to scatter ashes

Scattering ashes is a more personal way of saying goodbye to loved ones lost. Whether you are with family and friends or alone, there is a range of ways you can scatter ashes. People often like to visit the favourite place of their loved one, or a location that holds sentimental value. Some of the most common methods are over soil, such as gardens or burial grounds, and over the sea. Those who opt for the scattering ashes at sea will often let the tide wash them away. Raising a toast and scattering the ashes with friends and family is another meaningful experience people share together. As well as the above examples, you can use your scatter tube for ashes to cast them into the wind.

Each type of goodbye ceremony will be unique to the individual or those scattering the ashes. As a result, there is no right or wrong method of doing so. It comes down to the personal preferences of you and your loved one. Some prefer to say a few words during the process, whereas others prefer to remain silent.

The rules surrounding scattering ashes

Anyone can use scattering urns for ashes. Although there is no right or wrong way to scatter ashes, there may be some regulations surrounding this. If you are scattering ashes over water or land, the UK law is fairly relaxed. If it is private or owned land, such as a cemetery or churchyard, you must ask for permission from the landowner or authorities. If you want to scatter the ashes over a river or the sea, you should seek guidance from the Environment Agency. This method is allowed, so long as you are not harming or polluting the environment.

At Douch Family Funeral Directors, we have access to several burial locations in Dorset. Please contact us if you would like to use these grounds for dispersing the ashes of your loved one. Our funeral directors in Dorset accommodate a variety of funeral services and ceremonies.

The types of scattering urns for ashes available

There are a wide selection of scatter tubes for ashes available for your loved one. These range from small scatter tubes to larger vessels and ashes keepsake urns. You can also find ash scattering containers in different materials such as bamboo and paper. Biodegradable scattering urns for ashes are the most conventional type you can find in 2021. Their materials make them the least harmful to the environment. These types of scatter tubes can either be left to biodegrade at the scattering site, buried, or kept as an ashes keepsake urn.

There are also alternatives to scatter tubes for ashes. If you would rather keep your loved ones cremated remains safe, using an urn is the best solution.

Where to find beautiful ash scattering containers

Our Urns & Keepsakes online shop offers a wonderful selection of funeral products in all colours and sizes. We source these from well-regarded brands that only use high-quality materials. From ashes keepsakes in stunning designs to memorial jewellery, scattering urns for ashes, and more, find something unique to honour your loved one. To find out more about personalisation on certain products, call 01202 367 308 or email [email protected].

As funeral directors in Dorset, we are dedicated to offering around-the-clock bereavement support. If you need support, day, or night, please get in touch with your local Douch funeral director. You can find our branches in the about us section of our website.


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