If you plan to have an ash scattering ceremony for your loved one who has passed on, one of the primary factors you will need to know is how many people to plan to have in attendance. This will involve considering the location, boat capacity (if at sea), and other factors.
Ash Scattering Options:
If you choose to scatter the ashes at sea, the size of the yacht or boat that is chartered is going to set the upper limit for attendees. Some charters do not allow any additional people when one is scattering ashes. If you would prefer to have family or friends along, verify if guests are allowed before choosing a yacht charter. It is wise to plan an alternate memorial for those who will be unable to attend the ash scattering ceremony.
It may also be possible to charter more than one vessel to allow more people to attend the ceremony. Some may ask whether those who cannot fit on the yacht could watch from the shore. Since most places require the vessel to be at least three miles out before scattering, that would be an impractical solution. It may be possible, however, for someone to videotape the proceedings. That way others can participate from afar, either through a live feed or after the fact on a DVD.
Some may choose to scatter their loved one’s ashes on land. There are some areas that allow for this, but one must check the laws and regulations for the area. Another consideration would be to verify ownership of the property, before choosing to scatter ashes there. Many areas do not allow human remains to be spread on the ground. Land area scattering can allow for more people to be able to attend, so this can be an advantage. One can use a megaphone (if needed) to help others hear, and it would be possible to allow others to participate in the scattering, as well, if so desired.
Other options for ash scattering ceremonies are less conventional. For example, one can choose to have a loved one’s ashes added to an artificial reef, or in glass artwork. Some places offer to scatter the ashes by air from an airplane or by balloon release. Other companies can send the ashes into space to be loosed there. There are even those who scatter ashes via fireworks, which would make an amazing display for those observing. These options must be properly researched because they are not available in all areas.
Regardless of which option is chosen for an ash scattering ceremony, the quantity of people who are invited to attend should be determined ahead of time. Know the venue’s limitations. Know the family’s limitations.
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