Beautiful Options with Ashes

Our loved one's ashes are beautiful.

No two people's ashes are exactly alike. They each have a unique elemental signature that reflects your loved ones habits and environment experienced in their lifetime. Regardless of what you decide to do with them, it will be meaningful to you and that is what matters.


First discuss with your family if you would like to save or scatter most of the ashes. Ashes can be saved inside sealed urns and buried in a family plot or displayed on a mantle. Urns can be simple or elaborate, expensive or cheap, your choice.


Ashes can be scattered almost anywhere, with any number of people and in several different ways.


Casting is simply throwing the ashes into the wind. It is preferable to do so below your waist and downwind of everyone involved. You can do this on your own land or another's with permission. Most public lands ask that you first obtain a permit from the National Park Services. On non-specific public land (i.e. rural woodlands) there are no specific laws, so just be considerate. All federal, state, and local laws require that whatever container you used to carry the ashes be disposed of properly.


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Ash Scattering Options

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Scattering Over Water

You can scatter ashes directly into water along with fresh flowers to visually follow the ashes as they flow with the current or purchase a water-soluble urn. Choose any meaningful river, lake, pond or ocean. The Federal Clean Water Act states  that ashes can only be thrown in the ocean if you are at least three miles from land.

Trenching

Trenching involves digging a fairly shallow trench in the ground or sand at some meaningful place. The trench can be straight or any design you desire such as a heart or letter. Place the ashes into the trench and cover with loose soil. Whoever wants to be involved can take turns covering the trench.

Beaching

Beaching is trenching ashes on the beach just before the tide comes in. This is a beautiful way to place your loved one’s ashes in the ocean legally without needing a boat. Just make sure you are below the high tide line as the tide is coming in. 

Ringing

Ringing is Scattering or trenching the ashes on the ground in a ring shape usually around an object such as a tree. This allows the mourners to take turns stepping inside the circle to speak. 

Raking

Raking ashes means pouring the ashes into the ground and raking them so they spread everywhere. This is often done in a flower garden at your home or in a meaningful spot anywhere. One person can be responsible or everyone present can take turns raking the ashes into the soil.

Aerial scattering

Ashes can be scattered in the sky above by having some placed in fireworks, biodegradable helium balloons,  shot gun shells or dropped from an airplane or flown into outer space.

Living Memorials

 A Living Memorial allows your loved ones ashes to become part of the nutrient rich soil potted with trees, flowers, or houseplants. It is suggested to let an expert on soils and climate zones arrange this for you. Personally, we have two memorial weeping willow trees in our backyard. I love to watch the birds playing in them all day and the fireflies hiding in them at night 

Heavenly Glass, OKC, Oklahoma, cremation, ashes, glass, urns, dog, cat, funeral flowers, memorial

Heavenly Glass, OKC, Oklahoma, cremation, ashes, glass, urns, dog, cat, funeral flowers, memorial