Can I Scatter Cremated Remains Over Water

By: Ian Elliott
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

At Arbutus Funeral Service, we have seen that many people are now opting for cremation rather than burial. The former is an eco-friendly, cost-effective way to dispose of the mortal remains of a person. Some people also expressly mention their preference for cremation in their Will or preplan contract.

Some Rules To Keep In View

After cremation, the family receives the ashes, and many wonder whether they can scatter the remains over water. It is permitted to scatter ashes over water, but everything cast into it must degrade quickly. According to the EPA, cremains can be buried at sea, however, there are a few practices and regulations to observe while dispersing ashes:

  • Ashes, may only be disposed of in the ocean at least three nautical miles from shore.
  • A boat or an aircraft can be used to sprinkle ashes.
  • Only biodegradable urns are permitted to be used. In a marine environment, everything put in the water must degrade quickly.
  • Flowers or wreaths may be released into the sea, but they must degrade quickly.
  • While a permit is not necessary, you must notify the EPA within 30 days of the burial.
  • Individuals who want to disperse cremated ashes on private property or land that is covered by water must first get permission from the landowner.

Contact A Reliable Funeral Home

Since there are various aspects to consider and keep in view while scattering ashes over water, consult with experienced professionals like us. Our funeral director will provide you with the details you need about what is involved and how you can spread the ashes at sea.

We are here to guide you and can also help plan a funeral service or memorial service as required. Contact Arbutus Funeral Service with your requirements for more details about funerals and other related topics.

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