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Where in the World is Cremation the most common choice?

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In which Countries is Cremation the most common choice? Comparing and contrasting different countries cremation data has proved trickier than I would have thought, I have used the Cremation Society’s page on International Cremation to do a lot of the heavy lifting, however as they (quite rightly) use government and official statistics it left a […]

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What are the Laws relating to Scattering Ashes in Europe

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scattering ashes in Europe

Many of you want to scatter ashes aboard – a favourite holiday destination, where your beloved proposed or any number of heartwarming reasons. Over the years I have tried to find out what is the law covering scattering ashes is in other countries, this has proved remarkably difficult. Mainly due to the fact I don’t […]

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What Grave Goods do I need for my Viking Funeral?

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At Scattering Ashes we think Viking Longboat urn offers you the best chance to get to Valhalla, either buried in a Sutton Hoo style burial or set adrift and set aflame. If you choose the boat burial option then you probably already know that our Viking cousins opted to have items buried with them. The […]

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I want an Anglo-Saxon Funeral

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Funeral Urns Anglo Saxon England

I would like an Anglo-Saxon Funeral According to the evidence Anglo Saxons choose both burial and cremation. It would appear that Angles (those who settled more to the East) opted for cremation and the Saxons tended more towards burial, but evidence of both types of ceremony have been found within the same graveyard. If the […]

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Scattering Ashes on Grave – Extreme example

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Cremation ashes illegally scattered on a grave

Scattering Ashes on Grave without Permission I want to discuss the argument around scattering ashes on a grave. This was brought into focus by a rather disturbing image that was sent to me from a cemetery manager, it shows how bad this can get. The second image is at the bottom and be warned it […]

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Long Barrow – Ashes Interment – The Lost Village of Dode

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Ashes interment long barrow kent - scattering ashes

Taking its inspiration from the prehistoric long barrows that once, long ago, perhaps were the most significant feature of our Kentish landscape and nestling comfortably within our ancient sacred site, Holly Barrow at Dode offers a beautiful and meaningful alternative approach to established crematoria, grave yards and natural burial grounds for your loved ones cremated ashes. It is a place […]

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The German who pioneers for Scattering Ashes at Sea

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Scattering Ashes at Sea in Germany

I love reading about ashes culture in different parts of world. Even our close Continental neighbours have a very different approach based on tradition and religion that can seem strange, Germany is a case in point. German law is very strict around ashes, they are considered in the same light as a body. In fact, […]

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Religious Opinion on Scattering Ashes

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what do the various churches think about ashes

Religious opinion on scattering ashes Different religions have their own view concerning ashes and cremation, below is a broad overview of religious doctrine relating to ashes. We recommend readers to speak to the relevant faith leader when deciding how best to scatter ashes. Buddhist According to the Theravada tradition, Buddhists cremate the body of the […]

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Is Germany starting to embrace modern ashes memorialisation?

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The UK ashes memorialisation has flourished over the past few years. Now I think the reason it has flourished in the UK is threefold: Cremation has been the most common funeral for people for many years and people tend to be more developed in their thinking of how ashes can be used for memorialisation We […]

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