Scattering ashes at a beauty spots are often a choice made by a loved one or their nearest and dearest, as it may hold strong memories. However, if you are considering this then you need to be even more conscious about your actions, than say in your garden for example, this is for a number of reasons:
- The place is well used by lots of people, who it is likely will not want to be reminded of your ceremony
- If you don’t prepare or consider how to scatter the ashes may be left in an manner that is unsightly for others, and which is likely to leave you feeling uncomfortable too
- The shear number of ceremony and the subsequent amount of ash at a certain spot may put people off of using the site for other purposes, like picnics for example.
One reader wrote in to point out this very problem in Tarn Howes in the Lake District, a beauty spot that is quiet and very scenic, set amongst the stunning Cumbrian landscape. He felt that the amount of ash residue was ruining it for people who wished to use the site for other reasons and that it was making a ‘no-go’ area for families and the like.
I truly believe when people set out to scatter they would in no way wish to feel they were impacting others, people are not practised in this, it is very emotional. However, he has a point, if you choose a well used destination for the ceremony; you have a responsibility to consider others who wish to use the site.
Here is some practical advice if you are thinking of scattering at a beauty spot
- Scatter thinly
- Scatter in a more discrete part of the site, well away from the main focus areas
- If appropriate, consider using a rake to help to disperse the ashes and allowing them faster integration into the soil
- If practical or allowable cover the ashes – on a beach this is very easily achieved.
- If scattering into a non flowing water body, such as a lake try to avoid casting them into the waters edge, as there is no current to disperse them
- Don’t choose a busy period.
Overall think of others that come after you and that your loved one would wish others to be able to enjoy that place as much as they did.