Funeral Planning
Funeral Planning

Ashes to Ashes

February, 2013

For the elderly information surrounding funerals can sometimes be overwhelming; with so much time and money put into their planning it’s natural that family members can overlook what to then do after the funeral.

For those that have opted to be cremated loved ones are then left with the decision of what to do with them. Making that decision is incredibly personal to the family involved. Co-operative Funeralcare have recently released a report based on what UK families choose to do with the ashes.

Here are a few highlight from the report:

  • Over half of people in the UK choose to scatter the ashes of a loved one
  • The most popular place to scatter ashes is at a favourite beauty spot such as a mountain peak, woodland, park or beach
  • Many people choose to bury a loved one’s ashes at a churchyard, crematorium or woodland burial ground
  • A growing number of people choose to scatter ashes on the sea, lake, river or canal
  • When keeping ashes, people choose to keep them at home on the mantlepiece, in a cupboard, bedroom or buried in the garden
  • A number of people would choose to scatter ashes at their loved one’s favourite sports club
  • Some families choose to take ashes to a loved one’s favourite holiday location either in the UK or abroad
  • 1 in 5 people don’t know what they would do with a loved one’s ashes.

Do’s and Don’ts

Unfortunately there isn’t much information in the UK with regard to rules and regulations over scattering ashes. However The Co-operative have put together a paper with as much advice as is possible on the options available to you. You can access the report here.

Your local Funeral Director is also a good port of call; they will also be able to guide you through any local restrictions which are in place, the rules you should follow and the memorial choices available to you and your family.

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