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Why is it illegal to scatter cremated remains?

Asked by PupnTaco (13860points) January 30th, 2008 from iPhone

Are there health concerns, moral issues, environmental damage, or what?

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simone54's avatar

Yeah all of those I think.

artemisdivine's avatar

ITS NOT ILLEGAL lets go from there…it might ONLY be illegal in certain circumstances and anyway who is gonna stop someone for heavens sake.

No, contrary to what you may have been told by other funeral service providers, it is not illegal to scatter cremated remains in Ontario. Sometimes families are told this is illegal there are a couple of reasons for this, sometimes it is out of ignorance and sometimes it is because the provider is more interested in selling a product. (ie: urn or cemetery plot). If you are told that it is “illegal” to scatter cremated remains ask that person to show you in writing the legislation that states this fact. It is also interesting to note that some of the same providers who claim it is illegal to scatter ashes, also sell paper mache scattering containers. Which are designed to be filled with cremated remains and then placed in water. The container then breaks down and the ashes released into the water. This begs the question, if this is “illegal”, why are you selling a product that encourages people to break the law?

SCATTERING – Cremated remains may be scattered over land or water, in accordance with local law (Check with your funeral director). When families choose total scattering, all of the cremated remains are scattered. When partial, or ceremonial, scattering is chosen, a small amount of the remains are scattered while the remaining portion is buried, placed in a niche, or kept in the home. If partial scattering, a portion of the cremated remains may be preserved in one or more keepsake urns.

Second, while it is permissible in all states to scatter cremated remains, there are legal requirements. No state law allows them to be scattered on private property without the consent of the property owner. Many national and state parks have permit requirements and, sometimes location limitations for the scattering of those remains. Several years ago, representatives of a national park and the leader of an Indian tribe contacted an industry association to complain about illegal scattering of remains on the tribes sacred burial grounds, which were located within the park. Most cemeteries also have rules and regulations that must be observed.

There are many options. Remains can be buried in a cemetery lot or cremation garden, inurned in a columbarium, kept at home, or scattered on private property. We also offer a Lake Michigan scattering service, an eternal reef option, or you can have a diamond created from your loved one. Our staff will be happy to discuss these options with you and make any arrangements.

Scattering Urns. When placing cremated remains or ashes in the water, .... or losses suffered due to improper or illegal scattering of cremated ashes. ...

What Can I Do With The Cremains?
There are many options available for the disposition of the cremains. You may choose to purchase a decorative urn, which can be buried in a family plot. Others choose to place the urn in a place of significance, such as a special room in the house. These options will provide your family with the ability to visit the gravestone or urn and mourn the bereaved in a fixed, identifiable location.
In addition to these options, you may choose to have the cremains scattered in a place that holds great significance to the bereaved and the family. A lake, a meadow, or a favorite park are popular choices. It is illegal to scatter cremains in some areas, so ask us for advice and restrictions regarding this procedure.

this one is just ODD who would do this… oh wait its the UK never mind

Please note that it is illegal to scatter the ashes of a loved one over a grave space in the Cemetery. The Durham Diocesan Board does not permit scattering of ashes over grave spaces in any Burial Ground within its area of jurisdiction.

ironhiway's avatar

You can scatter ashes in California though not just anywhere, check the area you wish to scatter the ashes for local restrictions.

sara61385's avatar

can you take ashes on a airplane???

simone54's avatar

They’re probably think it’s anthrax.

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