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How To Choose An Urn For Scattering Ashes

Large bamboo scatter urn for ashes.

Losing a loved one is undoubtedly one of life’s most difficult experiences, and in the aftermath, there are many decisions to be made. Among them is the choice of a final resting place for their ashes. For those considering scattering urns for ashes to honour their loved one’s memory, selecting the right urn is a significant step in the process. In this blog, we’ll dive into key considerations to make when selecting an urn. As a family funeral directors, we have extensive knowledge from materials and designs to practical considerations and personal preferences

Scatter Urns vs Traditional Urns

When deciding between scatter urns and traditional urns, it’s important to consider the preferences of both the deceased and their loved ones. Traditional urns are typically designed for long-term storage or display of cremated remains, often featuring a more artistic design and skilled craftsmanship. Because of their intended purpose, they are usually made of durable materials such as metal, ceramic, or wood.

In contrast, scatter urns are made to facilitate the scattering of ashes in a chosen location, whether it be a significant natural setting, a sea burial, or another meaningful site. These urns are often biodegradable, lightweight, and designed for easy handling during the scattering ceremony. The decision between scatter urns for ashes and traditional urns ultimately hinges on whether one seeks a lasting tribute or a significant resting place to the departed soul.

Considerations For Choosing A Scatter Urn


Material considerations are paramount in ensuring both practicality and a scatter urn that aligns with your loved ones wishes. Biodegradable materials are often used as they offer a sustainable solution. The bamboo scattering urn is a popular choice when looking for a environmentally friendly urn. These urns facilitate the dispersal of ashes while minimising environmental impact, allowing for a seamless integration into the chosen scattering location.


Capacity considerations they directly impact the practicality and logistics of the scattering process. For larger gatherings or expansive scattering locations, opting for a scatter urn with a larger capacity ensures that there is an ample supply of ashes available for all participants to take part in the ceremony. On the other hand, for more intimate gatherings or when scattering in confined spaces, a smaller capacity urn may be preferable to avoid excess leftover ashes. At Douch Family Funeral Directors, we can help you choose a scatter urn that is right for your ceremony.


While material and capacity are crucial factors, the design of the urn can evoke emotions and memories associated with the departed loved one. Some may prefer a simple and understated design, focusing on the natural beauty of the surroundings during the scattering ceremony. Others may opt for a more uniquely designed scatter urn, incorporating elements that reflect the personality of the deceased. We have a range of scatter urns for ashes that feature common passions such as nature, through rose and ocean designs. There are also practical design features to consider, such as secure closures or handles for easy transportation can enhance the usability of the urn during the scattering process.

At Douch Family Funeral Directors, we have a wide range of scatter urns, ensuring there’s a suitable urn for everyone’s needs. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to learn more about our funeral planning services. You can speak with our team by calling 01202 367308 or by sending an email to [email protected].


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