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Scattering ashes in Maine in the United States – good news

I know that there are good proportion our visitors to the site are from overseas and that many of you are from the USA, and it is not often I can help out, but this week it has been a bit like buses (as they say). Last week I reported that the law in Oregon concerning the scattering of ashes were pretty relaxed this week I have found the same is true of Maine.

In a reader question to the website Sunspots concerning the legitimacy of spreading cremation ashes at a crematory.
Can one spread their ashes on the ground at the cemetery on our plot?

Sunspots spoke to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection they pointed in them in the direction of – (frequently asked questions), it offers the following:
“Where can I scatter cremated remains in Maine?
“Title 13, Chapter 83, §1032 simply states that cremated human remains ‘…may be deposited in a niche of a columbarium or a crypt of a mausoleum, buried or disposed of in any manner not contrary to law.’ Specific locations are not specified, although the Division recommends obtaining permission prior to scattering remains on private property.”

I have say I liked the bit of detail they offered around columbarium, which although referenced to Wikipedia is great:
(According to, “A columbarium is a place for the respectful and usually public storage of cinerary urns (i.e. urns holding a deceased’s cremated remains).

The term comes from the Latin columba (dove) and originally referred to compartmentalized housing for doves and pigeons.”)
The article make the point that (as with the UK) the issue is not with the law,  but in getting the permission to scatter on private land.

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