Scattering Ashes — A Guide From Your Funeral Home

Scattering Ashes — A Guide From Your Funeral Home

Saying goodbye to your loved ones is never an easy process. Funeral arrangements are not only emotionally overwhelming, but they can also be expensive. More and more families are utilising expert funeral home services for a cremation ceremony, as they are more affordable and avoid the delicate process of memorialisation. Depending on the deceased and their personal wishes, cremation can be a more personal way to say goodbye to your friend or family member. Cremation offers the opportunity of scattering ashes in a place that is special to the family and the deceased.

 

Rules and limitations

In the state of NSW, ash in considered non-infectious, and therefore safe to handle. However, as cremation is irreversible, it requires more legal procedures that your funeral home in Sydney will guide you through. In the case of parks and public areas, it is best practice to gain the permission from the Trust of Parks and Reserves, or local council for parks, beaches and playing fields. For private properties, you need the consent of the owners of the property, having to pay a possible fee. If the last wish of your beloved one was to scatter their ashes, it is very important to carefully choose the place, as once scattered the ashes cannot be collected again.

Always check with your funeral home regarding the legal processes beforehand, as it may contravene the provisions of the Clean Air Act. Authorities might establish a specific time and place among other conditions to make the process easier, ensuring it meets your wishes and the welfare of the public.

 

Scattering procedures to consider

Scattering ashes is a symbolic ceremony and is not about the physical properties of the ash but the emotional meaning. If you’re loved ones will or last wish asked to have their ashes scattered, here are some procedures and tips that will help you through the process.

Scattering ashes at sea

If your beloved deceased family member or friend was a lover of the sea, you can scatter their ashes into the ocean, as no special permits are needed, just the consent from the captain of the boat. It’s important to consider the direction of the wind and the distance to the water when scattering the ashes.

Scattering ashes overseas

In the case of the deceased wanting their ashes to be scattered overseas, you can carry them in a sealed container in hand luggage with a copy of the death and crematorium certificate. When you have arrived at your destination you should contact the consulate in order to comply with local requirements.

If you're after information about the international transport of a body, take a look at our repatriation page

 

Less traditional ways to have the ashes preserved

There are also some non-traditional ways to commemorate the deceased memory and ashes into symbolic items. LifeGem introduced the idea of turning the ashes into a diamond that can be worn as a piece of jewellery. For the astronaut dreamers, sending the ashes into a space is now a reality - a symbolic portion is placed in capsules into flight canisters that will remain permanently attached to a space-bound structure like a satellite. Artistic minds have also created new ways to be forever remembered by turning the ashes into art, like the artist Adam Brown, who uses cremated remains to create memorable images of the deceased, leaving the family with an intimate picture.

Here are some other creative ways to pay tribute to a loved one during the scattering of the ashes, which can feel special without the formality of a funeral.

 

Whatever procedure you use to memorialised the deceased, your funeral home will help you and guide you to cover your beloved last wishes in the best, easy and more symbolic ceremony that suits your needs. Should you have the wish, feel free to put your own wishes for your passing into the Pre Planning tool we have included below. You can attach it to your will for peace of mind that the hardest decisions have already been made when your family are saying goodbye to you.



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Lady Anne Funerals is here to support and assist your family through what can be a difficult time, with a ladies touch. 

We are available to discuss a range of services to support your family, including: 

  • Personalised memorial services
  • Cremation and burial services
  • Religious services catering to all faith's
  • No service, no attendance 

Please get in touch - night or day - via the form or you can call us on the number below.

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Some of the families we've helped

“I just wanted to send you our sincerest thanks for everything you and your incredible team did for us in making the most perfect day, celebration and farewell of our beautiful Harper.

I have given a lot of thought to your business and the industry and I think it is perhaps the most important business for families to get it right when it comes to planning a funeral which may be sudden or may be a long time in the making. Either way, when one is faced with the unfortunate situation of needing to arrange a funeral, only then do you realise the importance of getting it right.

We experienced first hand the polar opposites the industry offers. It is not just about the cars, the booklets, the music and all the things that make up the day - its about the service, the care and most importantly it’s about the people.

From our very first conversation we could sense your genuine care to our situation and your attention to detail was obvious - this was very different to the previous conversations we had with others we had been referred to. Those other companies wanted to commence meetings with the paperwork side of things upfront which is a very confronting thing to do just days after losing your loved one - and when one of the others that I am referencing couldn’t even refernece our daughters name as our meeting started - we were horrified of how poor the service of care could be.

This is where you and your team shine. After feeling very lost in our search to secure the perfect funeral director to create the perfect day, my wife all of a sudden recalled you standing out the front of your office each morning watering the surrounding gardens to ensure a beautiful front of house. Well, I can assure you, it is not just the front of house that is beautiful - its the entire package that is beautiful.

Your manner, your direction and your expertise is evident from the get go. Nothing is too hard for you or your amazing team. The personal care made us feel like we were the only funeral you were working with at the time, and that’s exactly how it should be.

The finer detail, such as driving past our house so our daughter could go past our house one last time, then leaving the most beautiful flowers on our doorstep, to bumping into us at the Church because you were just doing your own research to make sure the day was seamless. This combined with your recommendations from every aspect as everything was very foreign to us, you were able to guide us to achieve the most beautiful farewell.

The day itself was simply perfect. Not once did we have a concern. The car was shining, your team dressed beautifully, cold water provided for us, directions for our guests, directions for us. Everyone commented on how amazing the day was and how incredibly your team were. Seamless is the only word I can use. It doesn’t stop here.

Your personal care and guidance then allowed us a more intimate farewell the following day (we are so grateful for for this recommendation and possibly would have missed this special day if you had suggested it was the best idea). Again, you and your team made us feel like you had nowhere else to be, and no one else to help. Just us. The setting was beautiful, the celebrant (that you arrange and recommend) is a delightful, your team make this day even more special than the last.

This is something we never want to go through again but there will be so many others, that like us, have no idea where to start to look for the right funeral director for their own special day. All I can say is that I hope that they appoint Lady Anne Funerals. We learnt a lot quickly and it is again a business many do not ever consider needing but without question one of the most important businesses to select the right person and the right team.

I welcome any of your future potential clients to contact me if they wish to discuss our experience with the amazing Lady Anne team. We thank you for giving our beautiful baby the most incredible farewell that was exactly how we imagined it, you just made it happen.”

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Lee Dowdall
Karen has supported my Mum and me through the most difficult week of our lives as we not only planned a funeral, but interred my Dad to his new home. I will be forever grateful to Karen for her ongoing support, guidance, kindness, empathy and friendship over the last week. Karen has now become part of our extended circle of close family friends.
Daughter of the late Sveta Dordevich
Lady Anne Funerals has the compassion, understanding and empathy that many of the larger funeral homes do not possess. My aunts funeral was dignified and classy everything she deserved. I would highly recommend Lady Anne (and have) as they go above and beyond.
Joanne Marks
I am overwhelmed with the feedback on how beautiful it all was from all who attended. You and the other ladies were wonderful, looked so elegant, and made the day so very special for all who loved Paul.
Barbara Sommerville Enright
Karen and her staff treated us with the utmost respect we could not have been in better hands during this difficult time. My mum had organised her funeral with a prepaid funeral plan which she had purchased from Karen almost ten years ago this also made this upsetting time much easier to deal with and she got all the things that she wished for.
Malcolm Ellis
On behalf of my family, I would like to thank Lady Anne Funerals for a beautiful service yesterday for my aunt Dot. All who attended commented on how lovely the service was & the professionalism of all the staff. Thanks again very much for helping making a sad day one of celebration of Dot’s life.
Judith Neville

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