Funeral directors throughout Pennsylvania frequently receive questions related to scattering the ashes of a loved one or pet.
There are no state laws in Pennsylvania that restrict you from storing or scattering a person or pet’s ashes. However, depending on where you plan on scattering, it’s recommended to check with the local city or county offices there to see if there are any local restrictions.
As for storing ashes in Pennsylvania, they can be kept in a grave, crypt, urn, or other container. The cremation process makes it so cremated ashes harmless and pose no health risks.
Where to Scatter Ashes in Pennsylvania?
Many families will scatter ashes of a loved one at a meaningful place to them or their family. In addition, scattering ceremonies or memorial services, are becoming quite common. The can be as formal or informal as the family wants and can be held before, during, or after the ashes are scattered. A ceremony companying the scattering can be a great way to remember and reflect on your loved one who passed.
Pennsylvania is home to some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes – providing virtually endless places to scatter. Below we’ve highlighted some of the most common locations families choose to scatter ashes:
How to Scatter Ashes?
With the number of people being cremated is on the rise in Pennsylvania and many other states, new urns have recently been introduced that are designed to scatter. These urns typically have a shape that is similar to a long cylinder, making it easy to scatter away from your body (and helping to prevent ashes from blowing back on you).
Below we’ve highlighted some of the most popular cremation urns to scatter ashes in Pennsylvania.
Scattering Urns Made from Bamboo
Bamboo is one of the strongest construction materials on earth and also fast-growing! Biolife’s Eco Scattering Urn is the only scattering urn on the market that’s produced from bamboo. This patented scattering urn is a great eco-friendly option for families and looks great when it’s engraved with a symbol, your loved one’s information and/or a saying. It comes standard with a special locking mechanism on top of the urn that provides families with the ability to safely transport the ashes to a special place (or multiple places) to perform the scattering. The Eco Scattering Urn is TSA approved and starts at $49, making it an affordable urn for most people.
Scattering Urns Made from Paper
There are a number of low-cost scattering urns manufactured from paper that can with a quick internet search. These are typically have a scene or symbol printed on the outside of the urn and are designed for single use (and not to scatter at multiple locations). Similar to the Eco Scattering Urn, the urns made from paper are TSA approved.
If you are interested in scattering a loved one’s ashes in water, consider the Eco Water Urn. This proprietary biodegradable urn was introduced last year and is now the leading urn for water burials offered by funeral homes throughout the country. The Eco Water Urn floats upright like a buoy for up to a few minutes then the bottom of the urn dissolves freeing the ashes in the water. The urn comes packaged in an eco-friendly bamboo cylinder case, which is great to engrave a loved one’s information or saying on. The case is also commonly included in ceremonies and used to safely and securely transport the urn to a location for the scattering.
Additional Options for Cremains
With the growing number of people choosing cremation in Pennsylvania, as well as in other states, more unique memorial options have recently been introduced that are intended to be used with ashes. In addition to the scattering urn options described above, this also includes doing a tree burial with a bio urn and planting system, having a glass decoration made that includes a portion of the ashes, or including some of the ashes in jewelry, among a number of other beautiful options. With so many uplifting new options coming available, many families are now choosing to divide up a loved one’s ashes into multiple memorials.