Scattering Ashes After Cremation Services

By: Schilling Funeral Home & Cremation
Monday, November 11, 2019

The choosing and planning is not done once a cremation service in Dixon, IL is over. There are a lot of different options for what to do with the ashes after a cremation, such as burying the ashes, keeping them in your home, or scattering them. If you want to go the scattering route, it’s a good idea to learn understand the facts and rules surrounding the process.  

The following are a few tips and reminders for scattering ashes after a cremation service:  

  • You Don’t Have to Scatter All the Ashes – You can scatter as much or as little of the ashes as you want. Sometimes different members of the family each take a turn scattering, or some of the ashes are kept to be scattered at a later date, in a different location, or not at all.  
  • Various Scattering Methods– Scattering can mean more than just tossing ashes into the wind. There are in fact two main ways of scattering ashes: casting and trenching. Casting is scattering the ashes into the air, and trenching is burying the ashes just below the ground surface. You can also rake ashes into soil, cast ashes from an airplane, or even send ashes into space.  
  • Make a Plan for Who Will Scatter – It seems obvious, but it’s important to make a clear plan for who will scatter the ashes, and this might not be as straightforward as it may seem. Sometimes families wish for a religious leader to do the scattering, or other times families hire a company to help.  
  • Check The Wind Direction – Be sure to take note of the wind direction on the day you want to scatter. You do not want to have ashes blown back into your face. It’s not unhealthy or dangerous, just very uncomfortable.  
  • Be Prepared For Some Bones – Most cremations reduce the body down to fine ash mixed with coarse, sand-like ash containing bone fragments. Be aware of this fact when considering scattering.  
  • Look Up Local Rules – Rules and regulations about where you can scatter ashes varies from state to state, and even city to city. Be sure to read up on your local laws to avoid getting fined for scattering in a prohibited place. The same goes for more unique scattering locations, such as at sea or in national parks. Sometimes you even need a permit.  
  • Take Photographs or Other Memorials – You can take photographs of the scattering to help preserve memories, and to have something more concrete to honor the deceased. Sometimes people regret scattering as it takes away any concrete memorial, so the photographs can be a good stand in for the ashes themselves.  

There are many ways to scatter ashes and memorialize a loved one after a Dixon, IL cremation service. If you want to learn more, you can contact Schilling Funeral Home & Cremation by visiting 702 1st Ave Sterling, IL 61081, or calling (815) 626-1131. We are committed to helping you in any way we can during your time of loss.  

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