Joyce Thompson
B: 1964-04-26
D: 2019-10-13
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Thompson, Joyce
Joyce Hall
B: 1939-03-27
D: 2019-10-08
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Hall, Joyce
Darlene Bailey
B: 1957-09-11
D: 2019-10-07
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Bailey, Darlene
William Burns
B: 1935-09-30
D: 2019-10-06
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Burns, William
Joseph Rozick
B: 1969-09-30
D: 2019-10-05
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Rozick, Joseph
Arthur Holan
B: 1933-03-03
D: 2019-10-03
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Holan, Arthur
Michael Lowrie
B: 1957-07-14
D: 2019-10-01
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Lowrie, Michael
Alice Minadeo
B: 1934-02-01
D: 2019-09-30
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Minadeo, Alice
Mary Keenan
B: 1929-05-01
D: 2019-09-30
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Keenan, Mary
James Wochele
B: 1954-01-04
D: 2019-09-29
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Wochele, James
Celestine Myers
B: 1947-08-21
D: 2019-09-25
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Myers, Celestine
T. Michael Billson
B: 1945-05-16
D: 2019-09-24
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Billson, T. Michael
Rosella Wyckoff
B: 1924-08-12
D: 2019-09-24
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Wyckoff, Rosella
Cynthia Plutt
B: 1961-06-18
D: 2019-09-24
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Plutt, Cynthia
Constance Russell
B: 1923-07-15
D: 2019-09-23
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Russell, Constance
Jodie Hayden
B: 1972-02-02
D: 2019-09-22
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Hayden, Jodie
Rosanne Darnell
B: 1966-04-20
D: 2019-09-21
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Darnell, Rosanne
Norine Ensign
B: 1930-08-20
D: 2019-09-20
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Ensign, Norine
Julia Normile
B: 1919-03-28
D: 2019-09-20
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Normile, Julia
Michael Joyce
B: 1961-07-08
D: 2019-09-18
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Joyce, Michael
Byrl Boles
B: 1930-11-23
D: 2019-09-18
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Boles, Byrl


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Ash Scattering Services

For families who have chosen cremation for a loved one, the decision about what to do with the cremated remains can bring a certain amount of anxiety – especially if no final wishes were identified. While some choose to safeguard the cremated remains in their home, some decide to have them placed in a columbarium niche at a local cemetery. Others opt to scatter the ashes in a particularly meaningful place.

However, there are government rules and regulations stipulating where you can engage in ash scattering. Also, the growing number of ash scattering services around the country add to the complexity of the decision regarding where and when to scatter cremated remains.

We'd like you to know our ash scattering services can reduce the confusion and anxiety you may be feeling. Call us at (440) 942-0700 to learn how we can assist you.

An Honest Look at Ash Scattering

The Reverend Steve Jacobsen said, "One of the positives about cremation is that it lends itself to so much creativity. People are completely free to do what they want. It can be very healing." Everyone here at McMahon-Coyne-Vitantonio Funeral Homes agrees with that assertion: cremation does provide families with a larger window of time to arrange for a memorial service or celebration-of-life in tribute to a loved one. There's also more time to decide on where and how to scatter the ashes. While there is no policing agency overseeing ash scattering, there are some basics you should know.

  • If you plan on scattering ashes on private property, it's smart to get written permission from the owner.
  • Public parks have regulations and require that you obtain a scattering permit.
  • There are no regulations regarding ash scattering on uncontrolled public lands; you need to use your own judgment.
  • You should not scatter ashes within 100 yards of public roads or trails.
  • It is advisable to seek a very secluded spot as this activity can be offensive to some people.
  • The container in which you carried the ashes must be disposed of separately and in an environmentally-safe manner.
  • Scattering ashes in inland waters is governed by the Clean Water Act. You will need to obtain a permit from the state agency involved the care of inland waterways.
  • Ash scattering at sea must be done at a minimum of three nautical miles from the coastline.
  • Any flowers or wreaths used in the ash scattering ceremony held at sea must decompose. No plastic flowers or other non-decomposable items can be left behind.
  • For ash scattering done at sea, the Environmental Protection Agency requires that you notify the regional office in writing within 30 days after the event.

How to Scatter Ashes

If you're considering creating a truly personal ash scattering ritual in tribute to a loved one, the cremated remains bear little resemblance to ashes. As they are primarily bone, they look and behave a lot like small-grained gravel. However, there will be some fine-grains mixed within the larger pieces so be sure to check the wind levels before scattering into the air or body of water.

The technique of trenching is another way you can scatter the ashes of a loved one. It involves digging a small trench in the location of your choice and placing the cremated remains (or a biodegradable urn containing the ashes) into the trench and covering it with soil.

Raking is another way to incorporate the cremated remains into the soil. Poured on the surface of the soil, a rake is then used to mix the ashes into the top soil.

Aerial scattering is also an option. As most families do not own a private plane, they turn to professional aerial scattering services. Please contact us for a list of trusted professionals in our region.

You may also wish to check out our selection of scattering urns prior to making plans for your ash scattering ceremony. And, should you need advice on how to design a meaningful ash scattering ceremony, feel free to call us at (440) 942-0700.


Evans, Melissa, "Scattering Your Ashes", Cremation Association of North America, 2005

Cremation Solutions, "Laws and Regulations Governing Ash Scattering", accessed 2014

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