The Ashes Afterwards

The decisions about the retention location, scattering or burial (interring) of ashes can take some time. Cemeteries, crematoriums and natural burial sites are usually able to take scattering or interring of ashes whether of not the funeral was held there.

*     Kept At Home

This may be a solution for those who don’t wish to visit an external location. However, rather than keeping them in the cupboard out of sight, there are some beautiful ashes caskets and urns available designed to be kept in view.

Alternatively, they can be can be stored in attractive urns indoors or out, or interred somewhere such as in the rockery or garden area in bio degradable urns. 

To view a wide selection of urns from a number of providers – Celebrants UK – Urns.

In addition to the standard urns, usually for in-door use, there are a wide range of stylish and meaningful garden memorials that can contain the ashes of a loved one in a permanent location. To see some examples – Scattering Ashes Website

*     Retained At The Crematorium

Relatives do not have to make a final decision about the disposal of ashes. Ashes can often be retained temporarily at the crematorium or by the funeral director for a stated period.

Ashes can be placed in the Crematorium Gardens of Remembrance so people can find the exact location for future visits.

Remember however, the Crematorium / council may have strict regulations as to the type of memorial you are able to have.

*      Scattering of Ashes

‘This is the disposal of the ashes left at the end of the cremation’

The legal definition of cremation ashes is:

‘Ashes means all the material left in the cremator after a cremation following the removal of any metal and, any subsequent grinding or other processes which is applied to the material.

There is very little actual law on scattering ashes in the UK and there are no restrictions to stop the scattering on land or water. It is recommended however, that people do read the Environment Agency leaflet Meeting The Needs Of the Family And The Environment’.

Scattering of ashes in an anonymous, unmarked or public place holds no guarantee that future visits won’t find the location totally changed by buildings in the future.

Remember, the scattering of ashes ceremony can be turned into something more meaningful both for the deceased and for those left behind with examples such as setting them adrift in a Mini Viking Longboat, scattered by mini helicopter,  included within fireworks or scattered in space.

Other considerations include the following although there may be some special restrictions or requirements to consider first:

*    Natural Woodlands

*    Rivers

*    At Sea

*    From A Plane

*    Mountains & Hilltops

*    Popular Beauty Spots

*    Sports Venues

*    Fireworks

*    Into Space

For a wide range of ideas and products, visit Scattering Ashes Website

*      Internment of Ashes

The interring of ashes is another way of burial be this at a crematorium, garden of remembrance, home location or increasingly popular Long Barrow Sites.

Basically, the ashes are kept together in one location as oppose to scattered.

Other Options For The Ash

*     Jewellery

A large range of jewellery options with the ashes embedded such as lockets, rings, cuff-links and more.

In addition, diamonds can be made from ashes and included in various items of jewellery.


*     Glassware / Paintings

There are hundreds of ways to incorporate ash into paintings, glass items, bowls, pens, stuffed toys, walking stick toppers and more.



*     Tattoos

Using ashes to create commemorative tattoos is also becoming increasingly popular.

Porcelain Figurines & Containers

Some companies provide a range of exquisite porcelain figures and shapes to contain ash as a memento.