3 Ceremony Ideas For Spreading Ashes

Monday, February 15, 2021

When you lose a loved one, the last thing you want to think about is what to do with their remains.

Depending on your specific situation, the departed may have outlined their funerary plans, or they might not have had the time. If the planning has been left up to you, it can quickly become emotionally overwhelming. However, planning a ceremony can be the best first step in the grieving process.

Deciding what to do with your loved one's remains is no small task, which is why we're here to help inspire you. In this post, we're going to talk discuss why spreading ashes can be a great way to honor them by giving you 3 beautiful ceremony ideas. 

1. Spreading Ashes In a Special Place

If your loved one had a special place that they spent time in during their life, this is an opportunity to give them one last celebration there. Whether it's a park in your hometown or on top of a mountain in another country, you can arrange a ceremony of close relatives to take a trip to your loved one's favorite place to say goodbye.

Doing an ash spreading ceremony like this will be quite meaningful for everyone involved, especially if you all have fond memories of your loved one in their special place.

2. To the Sea or Sky

Was your loved one an adventurous spirit? Take to the sky or sea to scatter their ashes to the wind or the waves. While airbound ash scatterings are a new phenomenon, sea burials have a long history.

Leaving your loved one to be with the elements is a great way to show gratitude for a wonderful life lived. Ultimately, we're all a part of the world, so in the sea or overland is a great place for your loved one to rest.

If you go the air route, you'll have to hire one of the many professional services that specialize in scattering ashes from the sky. You need an experienced pilot that has the equipment to scatter the ashes without them pushing back towards the plane. 

When you choose a seabound ash scattering, you can either hire a company to help you or, if you know a boat owner, do it yourself. 

3. In Your Own Backyard

You don't have to look far and wide to plan a beautiful ash spreading ceremony. Most often, the best place to do the ceremony is somewhere that you and your family feel comfortable - a place that your deceased loved one felt comfortable as well.

This could be your family home's back garden or, if it's no longer a part of the family, use your your own backyard. Create a small shrine in the garden patch or dig a hole for your urn and plant a tree on top. At Schumacher & Benner, we have a wide selection of beautiful urns for holding your loved one's ashes. 

Making the Most Of the Ceremony

Remembering your loved one with a ceremony full of family and friends is the best way to celebrate them one last time. Spreading ashes in a place that they loved, with people that they loved around, will honor their memory in a beautiful way. 

To make cremation or funeral arrangements for a loved one, contact us today.

Schumacher & Benner Funeral Home and Crematory is the only private on-site crematory in Pottstown, PA. That is why we can truly say, your loved one never leaves our care. Our funeral directors are crematory technicians certified by the Cremation Association of North America, which provides advanced certifications to help insure the highest standards. 

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