Divers in York, Maine find evidence people have not got scattering at sea quite right.
Divers are finding sealed plastic bags with peoples cremated remains un-scattered at the beauty spot of N. On the Maine coast – Cape Neddick Sohier Park.
Apparently these unsuccessful scatterings has happened on at least two occasions the first time Mr Thuiller from United Divers of New Hampshire wondered what the bag and its contents were. The bag was partially opened. He emptied out the rest of the contents, put the empty plastic bag into his equipment, and carried on. He said “It was a bag of coke for all I knew.”
Later that evening he and his fellow diver friends were waxing lyrical about odd finds. And his friends had found an empty box that was marked up Cremation Society of South Carolina. It was then that the penny dropped!
So when this happened again recently the divers opened the bag and respectfully scattered the rest of the remains into the Atlantic Ocean.
“[The bag] was left on the rocks to the mercy of the seagulls until we saw it there,” Thuillier said. “It was sacred remains, scattered on the rocks.”
He had also come across a ornate cremation urn, but left it where it was. He did wonder why people had not opened the bags, as it can’t have been the loved ones last wishes to end up like that. And I have to concur.
Federal law prohibits the scattering of cremation ashes in Sohier Park. Relatives and friends must scatter at least three nautical miles from land. I am not quite sure why this is federal law, what I think it must be is that it counts as a sea burial and therefore you are covered by the three mile limit, as opposed to federal law covering Sohier Park.
Interesting that this story follows the previous one from California on a similar subject, so again the moral of the story being get the right type of urn for the ceremony…