Are you considering cremation services in Union, NJ as a way to pay tribute to your loved one? While many people who opt for cremation with Bradley & Son Funeral Homes, LLC either keep the ashes at home or inter them in a grave or vault, more people are choosing to scatter the ashes at a meaningful location. In this article, we’ll talk about everything you need to know before scattering ashes, and the best places to carry out this tradition.
What Will I Need for Scattering Ashes?
Whenever you choose our cremation services, you’ll receive a basic cremation urn which will keep the ashes safe until you transfer or scatter them. This can be used for scattering the ashes, but if you want greater control over the distribution, we recommend one of our special scattering urns. Scattering urns have a controlled release that makes it easy to scatter the ashes slowly and take in the moment as you say goodbye.
Is It Legal and Safe to Scatter Ashes?
The cremation process, both traditional cremation and Aqua-cremation using alkaline hydrolysis, break the body down to the minerals in bones. The remains are completely sterile and safe to scatter in any public location. NJ laws do not regulate the scattering of ashes in public places, so there should be no issue with a scattering in a park or lake. If you’re interested in a scattering at a private location, contact the owner to discuss possible arrangements.
If you’ve chosen to scatter the ashes on site at a cemetery, one of the most popular choices is in a dedicated memorial garden. These peaceful glens aren’t dedicated to any specific decedents, but are a place for all those mourning a loved one to gather. It’s common to sprinkle ashes there and know that you’re leaving your loved one’s remains in a place where many have come before to say goodbye.
Do you have a dramatic mountain, hilltop, or lighthouse near your home? Many people choose to scatter the ashes at the highest point they can get to easily – or not so easily, if you’re interested in an adventure. The adrenaline of a tough hike with family and friends, up stairs or a trail, heightens the emotions of the moment. Released atop the high point, the ashes drift peacefully into the air and are scattered by the wind.
Whether you have a small local lake or access to the ocean, water burials for ashes are one of the most common choices. As ashes are non-toxic and safe for the environment, you don’t have to worry about the impact on any local sea life. If you want a more controlled release, coral balls are a unique option that places the ashes in a vessel designed for ocean life to grow on and turn into a small ecosystem.
Passions in Life
If your loved one spent lots of their time in a specific location, property managers are often willing to arrange a final goodbye. This is especially common with sports venues, where superfans of the team want to rest forever at the site of their favorite players. While scatterings during a game are uncommon, the team is often willing to arrange an after-hours ceremony for the family.
One of the biggest positives of cremation services in Union, NJ is that the power is in your hands. How do you want to memorialize your loved one? Contact Bradley & Son Funeral Homes, LLC to start the process today.
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