Traditional Methods For Scattering Ashes

Once the process of cremation is over, the next step is to decide, what to do with the ashes. Some families keep the ashes of loved ones in beautiful urns and place them at their homes while others opt to scatter the ashes.  Here are a few traditional ways to honor the ashes of a deceased family member.

Casting or scattering ashes

Casting or scattering of ashes is throwing the ashes into the wind. Scattering of ashes can be done in any location depending on the choice of the deceased or of the family members. The ashes can be placed in cremation urns and can be carried to the preferred location before scattering them in the wind. Family members can store a small amount of ashes in keepsake urns before scattering the remaining portion.


The ashes can be trenched by digging a trench in the ground and placing the ashes in the trench. A trench is a long and narrow hole dug in the ground. The ashes can be placed in biodegradable cremation urns and then placed inside the trench. The site of the trench can be marked using saplings or other natural elements. Families can also use tree urns to turn the remains of the loved one into a tree.


Ashes can be raked by scattering them in the garden and then by using a rake to mix them with the earth. Raking can be done in the home garden or any other place which is close to the deceased. But care should be taken to obtain the necessary permissions before you rake in the ashes at public places like parks.

Scattering ashes in water

Scattering ashes over water can be done in a variety of ways. You can scatter the ashes of a deceased person either in a lake, pond, river, sea or ocean, depending on the preferences of the deceased member or those of the family members. While scattering ashes over a large water body it is important to hire a boat and travel onto the water before scattering the ashes. You can also place the ashes in biodegradable cremation urns that easily dissolve in water. This is the safest method because the urn quickly dissolves in water without harming the environment.

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