Ash Scattering Ceremonies

Published: April 11, 2022
by Davenport Family Funeral Homes and Crematory
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Ash scattering ceremonies are new ways in which people are choosing to honor the life of their loved ones after their funeral service. There are many different ways in which ashes can be scattered after the cremation, in fact, new ways are being created and thought of every day as the options are virtually endless. If your loved one was recently cremated, read on to consider whether an ash scattering ceremony is something you should consider. Our cremation services in Barrington, IL are available when you give us a call or visit our location. We are always more than happy to assist in any way that we can as we understand this is a difficult journey for you and your family.

Casting Ceremony 

One of the most common ways in which families choose to honor the ashes of a deceased person in their lives is with a casting ceremony. With this type of ceremony, planning is made easy as all that is really required are the ashes and a specifically selected location for the ceremony. While the location can be virtually anywhere, it’s important when making this decision to consider what the deceased may have wanted. Spend some time brainstorming or invite family and friends to help you come up with some meaningful ideas on locations. After the location is chosen, family and friends are then free to gather, either say a few words, read scripture, or do anything else that they feel is fitting before scattering the ashes of their loved one. It’s important to consider the wind speed and direction prior to the ceremony as you will want to throw the ashes downwind to avoid any mishaps.

Water Ceremony

If your loved one enjoyed all things pertaining to nature, and more specifically bodies of water, then you may want to really consider a water ceremony. A water ceremony is one in which a water-soluble urn is obtained, and the ashes are then transferred into it. Once that is complete, families are free to gather and say a few words, recite scripture, or share anything that they feel is relevant to the moment at hand. The urn is simply placed in the water, where it will later dissolve, releasing the ashes into the elements. Be sure to obtain any necessary permits and follow all local regulations.

Raking Ceremony 

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Raking ceremonies are a type of ash scattering ceremony that has begun to grow in popularity. For this type of ceremony, the ashes of a loved one can be mixed with the soil either in your own backyard, a public place, or in a designated raking garden. Similar to other types of cremation ceremonies, family and friends are encouraged to gather together and honor the life of their loved ones in any way that they see fit. While more and more cemeteries and funeral homes are introducing raking gardens, it is important to call ahead of time to ask, as not everyone offers this option. Additionally, if you do choose to have a raking ceremony in a public space, it is advised that you ensure that you follow all regulations and obtain any necessary permits.

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