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Hindu Scattering Service on the Ganges in India

The Hindu population of the UK increases year on year, in the last census in 2011  817,000 people in England and Wales  identified themselves as Hindus which is 1.5% of the population.

A proportion of these would loved to have their ashes placed in the Ganges in India after their death.

For some time we have been trying offer this service for people who live in the UK, so far transportation of cremation ashes from UK to India has proved difficult.

However this barrier should not prevent us trying to promote service for Hindu’s wishing to perform Asthi-visarjan(the final rites for the disposal of Antyesti in accordance with the Hindu religion), in India. The ceremony is performed in Haridwar an an ancient city in North India’s Uttarakhand state, where the River Ganges exits the Himalayan foothills – renowned for it hindu funerals, where the the ashes of the deceased are collected in an earthen pot and consigned to the holy river

HinduPartha offer a range of services to assist in this:

  • Ash Funeral Rites at Haridwar – this can be done even if the family is not present
  • Complete guidance in performing the ritual “Shradh”
  • Pind daan at Har Ki Pauri and other ritual places.

For further information or clarification, E-mail – info@hindupratha.com

Call: (INDIA) +91-11-65650218

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Training Course: Scattering or Interring of Cremated Remains

Training Course: Scattering or Interring of Cremated Remains

Training Course. There is a growing trend for funerals to focus on the ashes element of the ceremony which is a very positive development. However, often those doing the scattering will have received little or no formal training. A small investment in staff training will have two major benefits, it will increase personal development for every trainee, and will provide a better customer service for your families.

Scattering Ashes has teamed up with Civil Ceremonies Ltd , the market leaders in ceremonies in the UK, to offer the first nationwide accredited training course on scattering or interring of ashes.

The course aims to enable cremation staff to create and deliver a personal ceremony for families who are scattering or interring cremated remains.

The course will include:

  • How to interview a bereaved family to obtain the information required to create a ceremony.
  • Creation of an appropriate and bespoke ceremony for mourners that encourages appropriate participation and the use of poetry and verse,
  • How to organise the mourners,
  • How to strew and scatter the ashes in a dignified and culturally appropriate way,
  • How to deliver an ashes ceremony and support mourners.

Accreditation
Participants who successfully complete the one day course will be awarded with a level one course credit value 1 from the issuing body ONE Awards. This is a government approved training scheme which provides access to HE diplomas.

Who should attend?
This course is designed for persons and organisations who are looking to deliver a more professional service around the scattering or interning of ashes, and for organisations interested in staff development.

Size: Small groups up to a maximum of 10 attendees

Duration: full day

Course Location

Devon: The course is delivered here in Devon in a beautiful location on the edge of Dartmoor. We can also provide good value accommodation and excellent locally sourced meals for a small additional sum tailored specifically to your needs and dietary requirements. We can provide meals & accommodation, from a simple lunch to an overnight stay with Bistro dining experience. Please contact us for the full range of options.
Cost: £185pp*

On site: We are very happy to come to your premises and deliver training directly to your staff on site using your specific location and premises. We require a minimum of 6 people per course.
Cost: £185pp*

* cost includes all course materials, certification & handbook.

To discuss or make further enquiries please email info@scattering-ashes.co.uk or call 01392 581012

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Regional variations in our relationship with ashes

By and large us Brits are of a mind when it comes to cremation and the scattering of ashes – across age, political persuasion, gender and locality we are broadly similar in outlook. With one notable exception – The older we get the more we would prefer to be cremated.

However, the recent YouGov survey on attitudes towards death, cremation and scattering ashes threw up a few interesting titbits. Now as this article is not super serious I am going to play with the statics a bit,  in the same way that our delightful tabloid press tends to do, so the following can be gleaned from the data…

  • A UKIP supporter is five and a half times more likely to want their as to be kept compared to Lib-Dem.
  • Women are almost twice as likely as men to want to have their ashes kept.
  • Those that didn’t vote in Brexit referendum are 50% more indecisive about being kept or scatter compared to those that did vote.
  • Scots are the most likely to wish to be buried, however if they are cremated they are the most likely to want to be scattered (as opposed to kept).
  • Londoners are the most likely people in the country to want to be kept.
  • Londoners are ten times more likely to want their ashes to be kept than Scots.

So, there you go, who knew ah? well I did and now you do.

With a lot of the above you are dealing with small percentages so small differences can attract big labels, but I think the variation between Londoners and Scots in terms of who wants their ashes scattered is the most interesting. I think the reason could be twofold – Scots and Londoners very much see themselves as part of their landscape and London is concrete and crowded, whereas Scotland is a lot of wilderness and space (well mostly). Perhaps this is my imagination running away with me, but it makes sense in my head…

Anyway to see a breakdown of the figures go to: https://d25d2506sfb94s.cloudfront.net/cumulus_uploads/document/k6eo7r4fv0/InternalResults_160815_Death_W.pdf

 

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Scattering Ashes Service across the UK and overseas

Scattering Ashes Service

Scattering Ashes Service across the UK and overseas. Are you looking for your loved one’s ashes to be scattering at a particular destination within the UK or overseas but are unable to do this yourself? We can help.

Many of us will have a place in mind that we want our ashes to be scattered over after we have gone. This can sometimes be difficult for family or friends to co-ordinate, especially if they are overseas. Do you need permission? How do you arrange the transportation of the ashes? Can you take the time away from work or home to scatter the ashes in the chosen location? It can be very difficult and we can help arrange this for you.

Your loved one’s ashes will be treated with the greatest of respect at all times. You will receive a picture of the ashes scattering service along with a certificate with the exact location so that you or future generations can visit at a later date. The certificate is included in the price, you can add a other ceremony items such as petals or seedballs for a small additional price. We can even arrange to have them scattering on water, for our boat service see this link.

Each Scattering Ashes Service request will be assessed on an individual basis and the price will be dependent upon the location (distance and travelling costs) and any permission factors.

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Xining in China’s Qinghai province is to subsidise scattering ashes

Xining in the Northwest part of China’s Qinghai province is going to subside those who choose to scatter ashes.

The authorities are concerned about land usage and so are trying to encourage more cremation and scattering of ashes. As of the first of June this year the authorities will subsidies those people who opt for cremation and then either scatter ashes in approved public cemeteries or bury ashes in biodegradable urns, the subsidy is worth 3,000 chinese yuan (about £350) – so not insubstantial.

Chinese tradition is that the dead need to be buried in urns beside their ancestors, but this is putting a strain on land use, so authorities are hoping the money will go towards changing hearts and minds. Other government backed options such as sea burials are in use in coastal regions.

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Filling and using a Scatter Tube: Video

One of the most popular types of scattering urn is a scatter tube, we stock a huge variety of designs and sizes.

We have sizes that are suitable for adult, two average sizes adults, half a set of ashes and token amount of ashes.

We have around twenty different designs from bluebell woods and autumn forest to ocean beach and those sports fans we have options such as tennis rackets or football.

Range of Scatter Tubes

Each one comes with instructions, but sometimes it is just easier to watch someone, so in this video we show you how to fill and then use a scatter tube.

We have an emerging Youtube channel – Scattering Ashes YouTube with lots of help and advice. Have a look and subscribe.

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What to do with ashes? 12 things to consider: VIDEO

When you get the ashes back from the funeral directors it can seem very daunting. You wont know what to do for the best, there may be relatives wanting one thing or another.

However, there are a number of things you may not have considered, why would you? Over the years we have listened to a lot of people and heard a lot of issues and concerns, so we thought we should share them.

This video highlights twelve things you should consider, but most important of all is DON’T RUSH TO DECIDE

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South Devon Business Excellence Awards

South Devon Business Excellence Awards

We’ve been nominated as finalists for this year’s most innovative business in the South Devon Business Excellence Awards! To say that we’re feeling a bit excited is a bit of an understatement!

As a completely independent family firm based in Dartmoor in Devon we are feeling very humbled to be nominated. Richard set up the website in 2009, after scattering his Dad’s ashes in 1993 he had always been plagued by the fact that nobody offered any advice about how to scatter ashes. Many cremations later, more than three quarters of the British public are cremated every year, there was still no advice and the choice of products were somewhat funereal. So Scattering Ashes was born, we offered advice at first and then people started asking us to supply them with scatter tubes for scattering on land and then water urns for putting ashes into rivers, lakes and the sea.

We have continued to listen to our customers and now we not only supply all sorts of different urns and memorial products but we have developed new products & services for, what is becoming for us, the ‘4th Ceremony’. You have a Christening, a Wedding and then a Funeral, but for those left behind there is a vital stage in that person’s life which is often ignored, what to do with the ashes. Our Guide book is rated 5 stars on Amazon and will gently help you decide and organise a ‘4th ceremony’ that is perfect for your loved one, it was part of the reason for being voted the winner of the 2015 Best Bereavement Resource.

If you read our blog you will see that over the years we have carried out loads of research and for many people this is a really important stage in the bereavement process, the celebration of the life that they lived. So we try and do that for our customers, if you want to out with a bang we’ll arrange to have your ashes put into fireworks, if you’re a keen traveller what about having some of your ashes put into a Message in a Bottle and continue your journey? If the family want together together and have your ashes scattered on the water we have a nation-wide network of approved water ceremony providers and can provide you with petals, messages and doves. Whatever you want to do we’ll do our absolute best to sort it out for you.

Being based in the epicentre of all things craft-related we are incredibly lucky to be able to develop products with extremely talented local Devon businesses, we have memorial glass makers, jewellers, carpenters and artists who create the most beautiful and unique memorial items for our lovely customers. And our customers are lovely, we get so many fantastic testimonials, people write us letters of thanks which is a pretty rare thing these days and we appreciate every single one.

Too many people feel awkward or confused, they might know what they want to do, but feel unsure or wary. We believe that what you do with a loved ones ashes doesn’t have to be mournful or furtive, it doesn’t have to be confusing or clandestine. It can be just what you want it to be – a shout-out, something inspiring, a quiet reflective time – a cherished moment. You loved them – so show it in your own way…

We hope you like what we are trying to do.

Richard and Karen Martin

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A family scattering ceremony in Shropshire

Family scattering ceremony in Shropshire

The following piece is copied unedited straight from the Family Section of the Guardian newspaper. I believe it captures a very British scattering ceremony: the emotions, the situation and the actions – I would encourage everyone to read it.

You would never think to take a screwdriver when scattering your grandmother’s ashes. At least, I didn’t. I may have spent many happy afternoons rooting through her toolbox (she is still the only grandmother I’ve ever met who owned her own set of files and wrenches) but it simply didn’t occur to me that we might have to come tooled up for the occasion.

At the beginning of this year, my mother, sister, new boyfriend and two women who, like all the best friends, have become adopted members of our chosen family, trudged up a muddy hill in the middle of rural Shropshire to return my grandmother to the land from which she sprang.

It was neither grand nor particularly remote. It smelled of wet grass and wood smoke. But it was, nonetheless, apt. For my grandmother, born in 1916 and who lived her entire life in a single county, was a woman absolutely of the earth – she had a voice like gravel, a will like granite, grew food in her own soil and was the rock on which an entire family was built. Throughout my turbulent life, she was the only person I could ever place with absolute certainty. I knew, without doubt, where she was sitting, when she was eating and what she was doing at any hour of any day. She was immovable, elemental. When she wore a girdle, kissing her face was like climbing a rock face; when she was saying goodnight, she was as soft as moss.

So I found myself sliding up a pocked and tufted hill overlooking the village of Much Wenlock, in jodhpurs and heeled boots, carrying a wooden box of her ashes. Ironically, for a family whose sporting achievements begin and end with the ability to get out of a chair unaided, this was also the birthplace of PE, thanks to that tyrant of the string vest William Penny Brookes, who held the first Olympian Games there in 1850. God knows what Brookes would have made of our wheezing ascent. There were a few, quiet murmurs of alarm as we shambled our way past a herd of huge, horned cows. The wind whipped around my ears and the rain continued to fall. It wasn’t exactly ancient Greece but it did feel like an odyssey.

Then, as so often in life, things descended from epic to farce. My mother slid her fingers under the lid of the small engraved box in which my grandmother’s ashes had spent Christmas and New Year, and pulled. It didn’t budge. She pulled again. Absolutely nothing.

As a cold drop of rain trickled down the inside of my jumper, we turned the box over to discover that the entire thing was screwed shut. Firmly, undeniably shut. We held our breath. There was silence. I began to laugh. Quiet, embarrassed snorts at first, but these soon gave way to full, honking, goose-like laughter. Here we were, standing in a grieving circle, upon this blasted heath, teeth chattering, cowering under umbrellas, clutching soggy bits of paper scrawled in ink with eulogy and prayer, trying to break into the last earthly remains of my most loved grandmother. There was nothing to do but laugh.

The ribbon on which life is held is bound on one side with laughter and the other side with grief. This is as true in the moment of memorial as it is in celebration. So I feel no guilt for my laughter. My grandmother was an incredibly funny woman. She had more witty comebacks, more withering one-liners and more razor-sharp insights than anyone I’ve ever met. Never cruel, never boring, never imposing – she could simply tell it like it was and in the process charm an entire room. So I think – hope – she would have laughed too. After all, this was the woman who could drink jockeys under the table. This was the woman who flirted with the handyman who came to fix her bed after the combined weight of overnight guests had bent its frame. This was the woman who laughed to the point of tears when her son tickled her. This was the woman who told us all on her birthday last July that she would wait to see Christmas and then let go.

In the absence of a multitool, I had a go at some of the screws with my smallest house key. They didn’t budge. My poor boyfriend searched his pockets desperately for a pen knife. Nothing. Finally, my mother marched right back down the hill and knocked on the door of the nearest farm. In her best demanding voice, she asked if she could borrow a screwdriver, “So I can scatter my mother under that tree.”

The man on the threshold barely flinched before padding into his kitchen to look for a suitable tool.

At last, as we huddled in the rose bushes giggling, a screwdriver was located. Once again, we began our sole-sucking, watery ascent to that tree, overlooking that hill and the old vicarage in which my mother was raised. Perhaps it is easier to be practical in the face of death in the countryside. After all, not more than 20 feet away, in an old red brick outbuilding, my mother used to peer in at the small furry bodies of pets and livestock that could not be saved by my grandfather’s gentle, veterinary hands. Death and life turn like a wheel across rural England, through days, through seasons and through years. You cannot have one without the other. Just as you cannot have laughter without also knowing sadness.

Once we’d got to the top of the hill, my mother held the small bag of ashes – the dust and grit to which we all must, eventually, return – against her chest. My sister said the prayer taught to us all by my grandmother. We looked at an old photograph, I said a few words. The rain fell, the cows tore leaves from brittle branches, a windmill turned in the distance. And then it was time to let her go. To scatter to the earth and air the last tangible pieces of a woman who will live on not just in anecdote but in our genes; the curls in my hair, the blood in my mother’s thumbs, the beating of my sister’s heart.

As I watched a cloud of whiteness skirt dangerously close to my boyfriend’s coat, watched specks of grey settle on the hoof print of a cow, saw ash mingle with earth and rain, I continued to smile. Later, as we trudged back down the hill for a pub lunch, returning that vital screwdriver and steaming our coats before an open fire, we carried on laughing. Because that is what families do.

Families are collections of people woven together by shared stories – some dramatic, some tragic and some hilarious. We live and die in the tales we tell. We are knitted into being not just with blood, but also with words. And so this story about my grandmother’s ashes is one I hope to tell my own grandchildren one day.

The central mishap of urn, brings out the humour that is so often present yet sometimes denied or tinged with guilt. What is more it can’t be the first time this has happened to a family and now although most people opt for scattering the information that was needed on the practical side clearly had not been passed on.

It is interesting I see that the family had considered the aspects of their ceremony before embarking on their ‘odyssey’: the photo the prayer the words. And notable too was that they had not held on for better weather nor that the group was entirely made up of the family quorum, but included non-family members too.

This is not an untypical ceremony even down to the perilously near miss with the ashes on the wind. One final point on the choice of location: the vantage point, where the location allowed the group to take-in more visual aspects of their loved one’s world.

A beautiful piece Nell Frizell, considered, eloquent and thoughtful.

Here is a link to the original article: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/jan/23/we-saw-gran-off-on-a-hilltop-with-a-touch-of-farce-and-a-screwdriver

 

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Dorset: Weymouth

Location Weymouth Dorset, in the centre of the Jurassic Coast in the UK
Area of operation 15nm of Weymouth
Type of boat 10m 33ft Aquastar Fishing
Duration of trip 1 to 2 Hrs
Capacity of boat  8
Refreshments None provided but you can bring your own drinks and snacks
Suitable urn Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Cost £120
Company comments Fully MCA coded vessel for up to 60 miles offshore use. Sailings will be subject to weather conditions on the day.
Disabled Access  Sadly not
Parking Yes, public parking nearby
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Tenby, Pembrokeshire: South Wales Coast

Location Saundersfoot harbour, nr Tenby, Pembrokeshire, South Wales 
Area of operation Around the Sanderfoot and Tenby area
Type of boat 10 metre cougar catamaran, powered by twin 300 hp outboards.
Duration of trip  Tailored to customer needs
Capacity of boat The boat is licensed for 12 persons, plus 2 crew.
Refreshments  Available by prior arrangement (local produce & alcohol licence)
Additional info  Undercover seating, toilet facilities, and indoor seating. 
Suitable urn Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Cost Depending on location, the usual charge between £120-£150 for the boat hire.
Disabled Access The boat has disabled access doors both sides.
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Cardiff Bay: South Wales Coast

 

Location Cardiff Bay
Area of operation Bristol Channel & Severn Estuary
Type of boat 9m Rigid-hull Inflatable Boat (RIB)
Duration of trip Subject to customer’s requirements, usually 1 hour (please allow 1 ½ hours in total)
Capacity of boat 12 passengers
Refreshments Not available but as it is situated in Cardiff Bay there are a number of good local places to eat and drink
Additional Our services are offered on a bespoke basis allowing you to select your preferred location in the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary,  please discuss your requirements with us when booking.
Ceremony Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water UrnsWe also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set
Cost From £209
Disabled Access Due to the nature of our boats disabled access is limited, severe back injuries and pregnant ladies are discouraged.  Full advice will be given at the time of booking.
Parking There is ample public pay & display parking nearby

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Southampton Water, Hampshire: River Test

Scattering Ashes Southampton

Location Ocean Village, Southampton
Area of operation Southampton Water
Type of boat Passenger Boat, see picture, capable of carrying 150 comfortably. Heated saloon, and large sun decks. Bar, snack and drink facilities available. 
Duration of trip Just over one hour, depending on location.
Capacity of boat 6 -150 for boat pictured. 
Refreshments Available to purchase on board.
Additional info All year round operation, toilets on boat pictured. Stable catamarans for all weather operation. All religions catered for.
Ceremony Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Cost From £345
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Chatham and Rochester: River Medway

Location Chatham Maritime Marina
Area of operation River Medway and Rochester
Type of boat flybridge Rodman Muse 44
Duration of trip 1hr or more if required
Capacity of boat 10 persons
Refreshments Catering can be arranged at additional cost
Additional info Very experienced in Hindu and Sikh ceremonies. Ideally suited for the Sikh community in Gravesend. There is a special viewing platform where larger groups and families with disabled members can gather to watch the ceremony which is completely accessible by car, let us know when filling in the form and we will send details.
Suitable urns Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

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A Spring Scattering Ceremony

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Well we tried waiting until Spring had sprung before writing this but Mother Nature seems to have other ideas!

The daffodils and crocuses are still trying to survive despite the snow and rain and Easter is a time when many families get together and think about their loved ones and often decide to scatter their ashes so we’ve put together a couple of ideas for a Spring scattering ceremony.

The most important thing to bear in mind is that it is your ceremony so it is entirely up to you whatever you decide to do. Do think about having someone who can say a few words, they don’t have to trained as a religious figure, unless you want them to, or as a public speaker, although you may wish to use a Celebrant (http://www.independentcelebrants.com),  just someone who can guide those gathered through the ceremony.

You may wish to have a formal or informal order of service, even if you don’t give attendees a printed version it is useful for at least one person to have a rough idea of what is going to happen and to lead the others gathered. You could start with some music (do make sure to bring enough batteries or source a power supply if using a sound system), so that people have a chance to settle down. It is a good idea to follow with a brief welcome and let people know what is going to happen.  A poem or reading can be helpful at this juncture, here is a lovely one we found on the www.dennydavis.net website

Spring Thaw

(Lee Avery Reed)

Not that winter seemed so long, —
We were content together, —
Our home was warm with love, it could
Withstand the fiercest weather.

Yet sometimes we would speak of spring,
Anticipate the greening
On all the views we loved so well,
Now touched with greater meaning.

Today I walk in early spring
As memories come welling . . .
And oh, to see a crocus bloom
And you not here for telling!

You might like to then talk about the deceased or get others to say a few words, if you are going to ask people to say something it is good to give them plenty of warning beforehand so that they have time to prepare a goodbye in advance. You may decide to have a formal eulogy by a faith leader or celebrant or you might just want to talk about how you met the deceased or a favourite story or memory.

When it is time to scatter the ashes you may want to think about doing something symbolic such as scattering flower petals, wildflower seeds, releasing doves or Chinese lanterns. You could simply shake hands or light a candle, with a little preparation your ceremony can be a really special and meaningful event.

We’re offering a 10% discount on all our Flower Scatter Tubes if you enter the code SPRING when purchasing online until the end of May 2013

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What do Americans do with their ashes?

scattering ashes in the USA
to scatter or to keep?

How many people opt for cremation in North America

Around 40% of North Americans choose cremation, in Canada it is slightly more popular than in the States. This figure varies from state to state, in Oregon the percentage of cremations is over 63%, Hawaii it is 66% whereas Alabama it is down to 9%.  In general the further north the greater the percentage.

Why are Americans choosing cremation? These are the top answers but statistic do vary from source to source so please bear that in mind.

  • money, it is cheaper (~30%)
  • it is simpler, less emotional, and more convenient; (~14%)
  • saving land (~14%)
  • personal preference (6%);
  • religious beliefs
  • don’t want to be buried
  • other reasons cited were concerns for the environment, cold-weather constraints, and ease of transportation to distant burial sites.

To keep or to scatter?

About 40% would choose to scatter their ashes.

Just over 50% would have their ashes kept in a cremation urn. Where the urns are kept break down as:

  • 16% buried at a cemetery
  • 8% a columbarium (a place for the, usually public, storage of cremation urns)
  • 1% in a church columbarium
  • 10% would take the remains home.
  • 14% want to be placed in an urn but where the decision of where it is kept has not been made.

About 10% don’t know whether to scatter or keep

The above is mainly based on statistics from the Cremation Association of North America

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Cornwall: Falmouth

Location Cornwall – Falmouth, St Mawes, Truro
Area of operation Falmouth Area, River Truro
Type of boat There are three craft similar to that pictured above
Duration of trip Usually an hour
Capacity of boat  Their boats can hold up to 100 of your guests although we recommend only 80 per boat for comfort and enjoyment
Refreshments No
Additional info Our boats have toilets, covered and heated areas, and easy access

They can sail out of Falmouth, Truro, St Mawes, Mylor and other locations around the river. The trip will be tailored to completely suit your needs and the wishes of your loved one.

Suitable urn Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water UrnsWe also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set
Cost £150
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Scattering ashes scattering flowers: meaning and symbolism

flowers at scattering ashes ceremony

Flowers are closely associated with funerals. And scattering flower during the ceremony adds a really love touch to the proceedings. You may choose a type of flower because that was your loved one favourite, you may choose one because you think it is fitting or you like the colour.

However you may choose a flower for the symbolic nature. The Victorians developed a whole language around the symbolism of flowers and their colour.

Perhaps the skills of floriography have faded, but the symbolism they provide is wonderful and can add heartfelt meaning where sometimes word aren’t easy to find.

We stock a number of different types of rose petals; we thought you might like to know the symbolism of they are associated with:

Rose petals for scattering:
Red True love
Blue Mystery, love at first sight
White Peace or innocence,
Yellow Friendship and devotion,
Pink Grace, the joy of life, desire
Red and white together United

Some flowers meaning has lasted the test of time (red roses for example) others less so, here are a few more suggestions where we thought their meaning could be really suitable for your ceremony:

Daisy Innocence or purity
Anemone Unfading love
Pansy Thought
Daffodil Respect
Strand of ivy Fidelity and friendship
Dahlia Elegance and dignity
Magnolia Love of nature
Marigold Pain and grief
Purple Tulip Forever love

…Oh and white lily’s so often associated with death and bereavement represent purity.

Here is one more thought if you are scattering in the wildness – it could be a really nice idea to mix some appropriate wildflower seeds in with ashes when you scatter them.

Flowers are wonderful a message sent, unspoken, full of meaning.

For a comprehensive listing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Language_of_flowers

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Celebrant: Marc Oxley, East Midlands

Name: Marc Oxley

Base: Rutland

Area covered: East Midlands

The celebrant: A fully trained Civil Funeral Celebrant, a Founding Fellow of the Society of Bereavement Practitioners. A Funeral Celebrant trained with the Institute of Civil Funerals in March 2006 and since he has officiated at Funerals in crematoria, scattering ceremonies and green burial sites. He has also conducted at a Hindu Civil Funeral. Sizes of congregations have ranged from 3 to 300. All the ceremonies have been well received. He has worked in the Funeral Industry since 2004, so has a wide experience of what a Funeral entails.

From the celebrant:  Each ceremony is written to try and capture the essence of the person who has died using words, music and personal memories. Putting into words, in a dignified way, what needs to be said at a very difficult time for those left behind.

Cost: Please enquire

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Celebrant: Glynes Mewton, Nationwide

 

Name: Glynes Mewton

Base: North London South Hertfordshire

Area covered: Nationwide

Description of service: Glynes Mewton is a compassionate individual who helps people on their carry out dignified scattering or interring ceremonies from , boat services to wood scatterings. All services offered.

From the celebrant:  Together we can design a fitting tribute to your loved one and mark their lives in a way that makes sense to you. I have worked with all sorts of people and situations and can walk by your side as you arrive at this point of release. The ceremony may consist of religious or non religious elements, poems, reading, music, a few words from yourself or other chosen people or by me should that suit you better.

Cost: £195 plus travel expenses

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Moray Firth: Inverness

 

Location  Bay/Moray Firth
Area of operation Anywhere (except small pioneer which is restricted to the bay only
Type of boat Pioneer multi 8.5m Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) ‘Buchaneer’ 3. 7.85m Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) ‘Privateer’ 31ft Sailing Catamaran ‘Meercat’
Duration of trip As required
Capacity of boat Pioneer Multi- 7 People Buchaneer- 12 People Privateer- 10 People Meercat- 12 People
Refreshments As required on vessels and at request on land at Marina Cafe
Ceremony  Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Cost From £35
Disabled Access Yes- varying levels dependant on vessel
Parking Yes
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Central London: River Thames

Location Lambeth Pier, Albert Embankment
Area of operation Central London area from Chelsea to the west, on the east, Southwark, the City of London and as far down as the Tower of London, you can travel further by prior arrangement at an additional charge.
Type of boat Passenger Vessel and Passenger Launch
Duration of trip Boats are charged by the hour
Capacity of boat The smaller boat ‘the Guvnor’ has a capacity of 9 and the larger one ‘Old London’ has a capacity of a 50
Refreshments Refreshments are available from a cafe at the pier entrance, with a lovely view of the Houses of Parliament across the river. Bar facilities can be arranged on the large boat for an additional charge of £60 and drinks are sold at normal pub prices.
Cost

Up to 9 passengers you could hire the “Guvnor” which costs:

Monday to Friday £130 for up to 1 hour

Saturday or Sunday: £190 for up to 1 hour

For 10-30 passengers you would need to hire the “Old London” which costs:

Monday to Friday £390 for up to 1 hour

Saturday or Sunday: £415  for up to 1 hour

For 30-50 passengers you would need to hire the “Old London” which costs:

Monday to Friday £405 for up to 1 hour

Saturday or Sunday: £495 for up to 1 hour

Suitable urn  Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Dove Release Dove release is available
Additional info Christians, Hindu, Sikhs and all other religions catered for as well as non-religious ceremonies.
Getting there South side of Lambeth Bridge, opposite Lambeth Palace. Parking: There are pay and display bays on Lambeth High Street. At the Lambeth Bridge roundabout, turn down Lambeth Palace Road, then immediately turn right onto Lambeth High Street (which does not look like a High Street) From Waterloo Station: jump on bus 507 at a bus stop at the back of the station, where the taxis are. This will take you directly to Lambeth Palace which is opposite our Pier – Lambeth Pier (it’s the stop after St. Thomas’s Hospital).From Westminster Station: Walk over Westminster Bridge and turn right along the river (away from the London Eye). It’s a 5-10 minute walk before you reach Lambeth Pier, which is just by Lambeth Bridge.
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“I really must stop to say thank you for helping me in the Summer to arrange for a boat on the Thames for scattering my Sister’s Ashes. Your efforts and kindness in following up matters for me were really appreciated. The Boat journey was lovely and was made particularly pleasant by the two gentlemen in charge. I just wanted to say thank you on behalf of my family. ” M Dogra 

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Windsor and Slough: River Thames

Scattering ashes Thames Windsor and Slough;

Location Windsor Promenade, Windsor, Berkshire
Area of operation River Thames at Windsor
Type of boat Passenger Vessel
Duration of trip 1 – 2 1/2 hours
Capacity of boat 2 to 50 guests
Refreshments Fully stocked bar serving hot & cold drinks
Suitable urns Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Dove Release Dove release is available
Additional information Two types of service are offered:
An ash scattering service
An exclusive private charter for the scattering of ashes to take you and your guests upstream from Windsor allowing ashes to be scattered amongst the flowing waters at Boveney Weir stream. A discreet and personal service is assured. Morning and afternoon sailings available.
Private 1 hour cruise – £275 

Celebration of life cruise
Boats for charter for families & friends to meet following a funeral in an informal & relaxed environment. Your guests will be at ease as you cruise the tranquil reaches of the Upper Thames. There is plenty of space for you to welcome your extended family. However for a more intimate gathering one of our smaller boats can be provided. We have a full bar service, and of course catering is available too. Our aim is to make things easy for the bereaved, at a difficult time, allowing you to concentrate on celebrating the life of your loved one.
Private 2 1/2hrs – £450

Company comments All religions catered for Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, Secular / Humanist
Cost £275 – £450
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Liverpool: River Mersey

 

Location Liverpool Marina
Area of operation The Mersey, the Mersey estuary /Liverpool bay and the coast of Wirral and North Wales.
Type of boat 33ft Blyth Catamaran
Duration of trip 2 -3 hours depending on your requirements
Capacity of boat 12 including disabled access if necessary
Refreshments Hot drinks are provided
Additional info The Mersey is so closely associated with the city of Liverpool and its people. Immortalised in song, what better way to be bound together with such a fantastic city.  Facilities include an electric toilet which is accessible from the deck and there is also a fully fitted kitchen with a gas oven and hot water. Full safety equipment including; life jackets, two eight-man life rafts, flares and hand-held radio in case of emergency. There is free parking in the Marina and a restaurant if required.
Suitable urn Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Cost Starting from £200
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Somerset – Portishead: Bristol Channel and the River Severn

 

Location Portishead Quays Marina near Bristol on the Severn Estuary
Area of operation Bristol Channel, Portishead and Clevedon area and can extend to Weston-Super-Mare or further north if required
Type of boat Evolution 30
Duration of trip Normally 1 hour but this can be extended if required
Capacity of boat 10
Refreshments Tea and coffee can be arranged if ordered in advance
Additional info There is a microwave oven and toilet on board, side door for easy access. The boat is tested and safety coded, with full insurance.
Suitable urn Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Cost £175 for the local service
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Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire: River Soar

Location Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire
Area of operation The ashes can be scattered on a peaceful part of the River Soar near Leicester.
Type of Boat River Boat 
Duration of trip Approximately 45 minutes
Capacity of boat 12 (see below)
Refreshments Available by request
Cost £120 – For parties of more than 12 people we can use 2 boats (or more subject to availability). Cost for 1 boat for 12 people is £120 any subsequent boats are £100 each
Additional info The boat company is very experienced at handling all ceremonies and has significant expertise in catering for members of the Sikh and Hindu faiths. Wheelchair access on pontoon.
Ceremony Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Dove Release   You can give your ceremony a wonderful finish Dove release is available
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Kingston and Richmond: River Thames

Kingston and Richmond

If you want a water ceremony for scattering your loved ones ashes in the Thames, this skipper will provide an excellent service.  We have worked with him for over 5 years and we always get great testimonials.

Location Kingston upon Thames – London / Surrey
Area of operation Kingston upon Thames and Richmond

Kingston – All year round

Richmond – Summer

Type of boat Various types of passenger boats
Duration of trip 45 minutes
Capacity of boat 1 – 40
Additional info All religions catered for – Christian, Hindu, Sikh and Non-denominational.
Suitable urn Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a complete water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Dove Release For a very poignant send off: Dove release is available
Disabled Access They have one boat suitable for disabled access
Parking Parking metres on side roads in operation 7 days a week.

NCP car park 5 min walk.

Private car park opposite the site holds 12 cars approximately there I a £15 fee for car park hire regardless of number of cars, this needs to be booked in advance through the boat company.

Cost
Monday to Friday £130: 9 am until 7 pm subject to seasonal availability.
Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays £150
For appointments from 6pm until  8pm a surcharge of £20 will be added.
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Just to let you know that we used your service at Kingston on the 23rd August and would like to say that we were very extremely pleased with the service. Darren was very helpful with all the arrangements and was very patient answering my phone calls and texts which I’m afraid were many! The service was up to the highest standard from start to finish. John was very caring, considerate and didn’t rush us at all. On behalf of all my family I’d like to say a huge thank you. Many thanks
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Whitby North Yorkshire: North East Coast

 

Location Whitby, North Yorkshire
Area of operation Whitby and nearby areas
Type of boat Bullet DS38 Islander
Duration of trip Can be tailored to your requirements
Capacity of boat Capacity is 12 with seating for 8 passengers
Refreshments  NA
Additional info The boat is warm, safe and comfortable. Weather permitting, ashes may be scattered all year round.
Suitable urn Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Cost From £120 for scattering in the bay, more if you need to go further afield
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Mudeford Quay, Dorset: South Coast

 

Location The small fishing port of Mudeford Quay, Christchurch, Dorset
Area of operation Christchurch and Poole Bays with views of the Isle of Wight, the Needles Lighthouse and Swanage. They can also provide this service in Christchurch Harbour which is in the lower reaches of the Avon and Stour, usually in sight of Christchurch Priory church. If you wish they can go as far as Bournemouth.
Type of boat They have four different types of boats including a fast RIB.
Duration of trip About an hour
Capacity of boat 60

In winter we can only go to sea with up to 12 persons. Winter is defined as 1st November to 31 March, summer is 1st April to 31 October.   

Refreshments No
Additional info Operates all year round. All religions welcome. Toilet on board.
Suitable urn Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Cost 12 passengers or less £100
13 to 28 passengers £140
28 to 60 passengers £180
Disabled Access Two of their boats are wheelchair friendly (although have to negotiate at least one council step).
One boat is not wheelchair friendly. Please ask at time of booking.
Parking There is Parking on Mudeford Quay BH23 4AB, and then 200 yards to walk to boat. Pay and display car park operated by Christchurch Borough Council. Can also pay by “Ringo”. Card payment.
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South Devon: Dartmouth

Scattering ashes Dartmouth and the River Dart in Devon

Location Dartmouth, Devon
Area of operation River Dart, Dartmouth, Totnes
Type of boat  40ft Aquastar
Duration of trip As per request
Capacity of boat 12 passengers
Refreshments Not provided
Suitable urn Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Cost  On request
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Brighton, Sussex: South Coast

Scattering ashes Brighton

Location  Brighton Marina
Area of operation  20 miles – including Hove  & Worthing
Type of boat  Aquastar 33
Duration of trip  Up to 90 minutes
Capacity of boat  10 persons
Refreshments  Tea/coffee/hot chocolate available
Additional info  Over 40 years experience
Suitable urn  Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Cost   £145
Disabled Access   No access
Parking   Free unlimited
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Bridlington, Yorkshire : North East Coast

 

Location  Bridlington, Yorkshire
Area of operation Bridlington Bay as far south as Hornsea and north as far as Filey Bay including Flamborough Head and Bempton
Type of boat  40 foot traditional wooden boat fully licensed and insured with plenty of seating.
Duration of trip  Usually an hour, but all trips can be tailored to your requirements up to a maximum of 6 hours.
Capacity of boat  12 passengers and 2 crew with ample seating.
Refreshments  na
Additional info  All trips are carried out in a caring and sensitive manner. If you have any specific requirements please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Providing the weather is favourable we can scatter ashes all year round.
Suitable urn Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Cost  Prices start from £100 for Bridlington Bay and increase depending on the length of trip and how far you want to go.
Parking  Parking is available at both the harbour and council car parks approx 100 yards from the boat.
Toilets are available at the top of the council car park across the road. There are also toilets 40 yards from where you board the boat.
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Chichester, West Sussex: South Coast

Scattering ashes Chichester

Location Chichester, West Sussex
Area of operation A peaceful location with a view of the Isle of Wight in the distance.
Type of boat Sail boat
Duration of trip Typically it would take a max of 2 hours from Itchenor Jetty.
Capacity of boat 6 passengers.
Refreshments Light lunch available at £10 per head – finger food.

 

Ceremony Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Company Comments We are a husband and wife crew who offer to scatter ashes from our yacht in a peaceful location in view of the Isle of Wight. If conditions are right and you choose to do so, we may be able to turn the engine off and sail for a time with just the sound of the water and the birds. We can provide light refreshments are happy to read a verse if required.
Cost Price on application
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Gosport, Hampshire: The Solent and South Coast

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Location Gosport Portsmouth & the Solent
Area of operation Gosport Portsmouth harbour Fareham Reach and the Solent
Type of boat Sail boat, Beneteau Oceanis 36 cc
Duration of trip 2 – 4 hours
Capacity of boat 7
Ceremony  You can choose from 4 hours to a full day. Location in Gosport and Portsmouth harbour means you can sail any day and at any time to suit your plans and there is easy access to the boat by road or rail with good parking.

A beautiful luxury yacht provides you and your family comfort, safety and privacy and it’s exclusively yours for the day.

At the appropriate moment you will be given privacy to scatter the ashes in whatever way you have chosen. You may have a selected piece of music playing. You may wish to toast your loved one in some way; and If you would like a permanent record of where in the sea your loved one’s ashes are scattered we will provide an A4 certificate of the Latitude Longitude and date.

Refreshments Tea & Coffee are included in the price. Guests are also welcome to bring onboard their own hot and cold food and drinks. No corkage charges
Additional info Available all year round. The boat has heating, toilet and cooking facilities.
Suitable urn Water Urns
Cost  £399 (4 hours) £499 (full day)
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Eastbourne, East Sussex: Beachy Head

Scattering ashes Eastbourne

Location Eastbourne, East Sussex
Area of operation Up to  60 miles  from a Safe Haven, including the white cliffs of Beachy Head
Type of boat AQUASTAR    PRO   40’
Duration of trip 1 hour
Capacity of boat 12 passengers
Refreshments Free Tea, Coffee and biscuits
Additional info They have been carrying out scattering ceremonies for over 20 years. All religions welcome; Christian, Hindu, Sikh and secular ceremonies. Eastbourne is the nearest harbour to Beachy Head and the beautiful white cliffs of the Seven Sisters, part of the South Downs National Park. Between the Seven Sisters and Eastbourne bay is the stunning famous red and white striped Beachy Head lighthouse perched at the base of the highest chalk cliff in the United Kingdom. The popular seaside town of Eastbourne, with its pier and long seaside promenade offers a suitable location for our farewells for people who have had links with the south coast. The maritime port of Newhaven is also close by, having played a major role as a port during the Second World War, especially during the Dieppe Raid in 1942. Newhaven is situated on the River Ouse which leads to the ancient town of Lewes. 
Ceremony Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Cost  Dependent upon requirements
Disabled Access  Limited due to environment but assistance can be given
Parking  Plenty of free Parking  100 metre
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Oxford: River Thames

Scattering ashes Oxford

Location Central Oxford
Area of operation Oxford and surrounding area into Oxfordshire – river Thames
Type of boat Various boats from 12 – 50 seats
Duration of trip Depends on your wishes
Capacity of boat 12- 50
Refreshments Available at extra cost
Additional info All religions catered for; Christian, Hindu, Sikh and Non-denominational. The cruise is along the same stretch of the River Thames as that taken by Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell in a small rowing boat almost 150 years ago, when the timeless tale of Alice in Wonderland was created.
Suitable urn Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Cost from £170
Parking There is no parking available near at the boat comapny. People can be dropped off by pulling in, but cars must not be left there.
The nearest city centre car park is Westgate Car Park in Oxpens Road. It is relatively expensive (e.g. currently £11.70 for 3-4 hours). Take ticket at barrier on arrival. Pay at machine before returning to car. Folly Bridge is a little less than 10 minutes’ walk from this car park.  
Disabled access There is no level access to the boats – each requires approximately 2 steps – boarding assistance will be offered by staffs
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Glasgow, Strathclyde: River Clyde

Location Strathclyde Glasgow, River Clyde
Area of operation The River Clyde you could go the sound of  Bute, Glencallum Bay, Garroch Head or Loch Fyne
Type of Boat Rib.
Duration of trip Depends on what you want to do
Capacity of boat Licensed to carry 12 passengers
Refreshments NA
Additional info All religions catered for including Hindu, Sikh, Christian and non-denominational.  They can offer an unforgettable journey amongst the beautiful islands of the lower Clyde. The manoeuvrability of the boats allow them to take you to areas seldom visited, providing you privacy that allows you to memorialise in your own way.
Suitable urn Water Urns
Cost Starting at £200 although this depends on the your wishes
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Caernarfon, Menai Strait: North Wales Coast

 

Location Moel Y Don, Anglesey and Caernarfon.
Area of operation Menai Strait, other locations by arrangement.
Type of boat RIB, Ribeye 785.
Duration of trip Min 1 hour.
Capacity of boat 11
Refreshments No
Suitable urn Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Cost £170 for the first hour then £100 per hour after.
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Newcastle Gateshead: River Tyne

Location Newcastle upon Tyne, North East
Area of operation River Tyne – based on Newcastle Quayside, next to Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
Type of boat There are 3 passenger boats, the Coventina, Fortuna and Latis.
Duration of trip 1, 2 or 3 hour charters
Capacity of boat Coventina – 43 passengers, Fortuna – 120 passengers, Latis– 180 passengers
Refreshments They can offer a wide range of refreshments including light snacks, appetizers, afternoon tea and a wide selection of buffets. All boats have tea and coffee making facilities as well as a fully stocked bar on board. This family business has successfully operated a fleet of three passenger boats on the River Tyne for more than 20 years. They can also provide an unforgettable trip though the millennium bridge and out to the estuary if desired.
Ceremony  Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water UrnsWe also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set
Cost The larger boats start at £650 and the Coventina prices are:
1 HOUR 2 HOURS 3 HOURS 4 HOURS
LOW SEASON £250 £374 £561 £748
HIGH SEASON £277 £416 £624 £832
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Cornwall: St Ives

 

Location St Ives, Cornwall.
Area of operation St Ives Bay, North Cornwall Coast, Atlantic Ocean.
Type of Boat Lochin 33, 10 Metre Boat.
Duration of trip One hour
Capacity of boat Licensed to carry 12 passengers
Refreshments Available by request
Additional info  St Ives Bay is widely recognised as one of the most beautiful bays in the world. The ashes scattering ceremony is usually held in a quiet spot either near to Godrevy lighthouse or off Porthmeor Beach.
Suitable urn Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water UrnsWe also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set
Cost £120
Parking  Car parking in St Ives is in public car parks only, usually  a walk of 5-10 minutes away.
Disabled access  This is a difficult because St Ives is a tidal harbour, so even at high tide, there is a flight of stairs with a handrail to descend. They will let you know when the high tide is for that day.
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Yarmouth, Isle of Wight: South Coast

Location Yarmouth Harbour, Isle of Wight
Area of operation Yarmouth, Newtown Creek, Needles.
Type of boat Mitchell 31ft
Duration of trip Generally 2 hours
Capacity of boat 8 or 10 if in Solent Waters
Refreshments Not available
Additional info Toilets on board
Ceremony  Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Cost £160
Disabled Access Yes with assistance
Parking Public pay & display car park nearby
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Portrush, County Antrim: Northern Ireland Coast

Location The North Pier, Portrush harbour , County Antrim.
Area of operation They cover the north coast of Donegal and the Mull of Kintyre including the Scottish Islands of Islay, Jura, Gigha and Iona.
Type of boat See picture above
Duration of trip Dependant on your wishes
Capacity of boat 16 passengers
Refreshments N/A. There local hotels for refreshments.
Additional info The local branch of the Royal British Legion can provide a chaplain from local churches for a civilian service. They operate all year round. The north coast of Northern Ireland was impacted in both WWI and WWII, the Atlantic convoy routes passed their shores and U-boats operated within 3 miles of the coast. The biggest number of world war shipwrecks and sunken U-boats in Europe is also here.   They have scattered ashes for UK, US, Canadian families and have laid wreaths for several German and Indian families.
Ceremony Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Cost From £50 per hour
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Donaghadee, County Down: Northern Ireland Coast

Location Donaghadee, County Down, Northern Ireland
Area of operation All of Northern Ireland waters.
Type of boat There are two boats available, a passenger launch that can carry up to 50 people, and a restored lifeboat can take up to 12 (pictured above)
Duration of trip Dependant on your request
Capacity of boat 12 or 50
Ceremony Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Refreshments n/a
Cost Price on application
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Pwllheli, Cardigan Bay: North Wales Coast

Location Pwllhelli, North Wales
Area of operation Cardigan Bay
Type of boat See picture above
Duration of trip Depends on what you want.
Capacity of boat 12
Refreshments None
Additional info The trip around Cardigan Bay offers stunning views of the coastline, geological formations that can only be seen and appreciated from the sea. The birds of St Tudwal’s Islands and Enlli (Bardsey Island) are a sight not to be missed, the spectacular sight of Gannets feeding to the colonies of Razorbills, Guillemots, puffins and many other species. You can visit the large Seal colonies of Tudwal’s and Bardsey and Cardigan Bay has a large population of Porpoise and Dolphin.
Suitable urn Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Cost Price on application
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Ardfern, Argyll and Bute: West Scottish Coast

Location Ardfern, West Scotland
Area of operation Loch Craignish, across the Sound of Jura and into the Gulf of Corryvreckan
Type of boat Interceptor 42
Duration of trip 1-4 hours
Capacity of boat 12 
Refreshments Courtesy bottled water, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, with shortbread
Additional Facilities include a toilet, heated seating area in wheel house with seating for 10 to 12 passengers

We regret that this vessel is not suitable for wheelchairs and people with limited mobility should contact us to discuss boarding arrangements

Ceremony Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Cost Prices from £160
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Barmouth, Cardigan Bay: North Wales Coast

 

Location Barmouth, Cardigan Bay, Snowdonia National Park
Area of operation Cardigan Bay
Type of boat See picture above
Duration of trip Depends on your wishes
Capacity of boat 7
Refreshments NA
Suitable urn Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Cost £150 up to one and a half hours, or £250 for up to 3 hours
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Firth of Forth, South Queensferry: East Scottish Coast

Location Hawes Pier, South Queensferry, which is 50yds from the famous Forth Bridge.
Area of operation Within 15 miles of South Queensferry
Type of boat See picture above
Duration of trip 30 minutes to an hour
Capacity of boat 225
Refreshments They have a full bar on-board and can also provide catering for a longer cruise if desired.
Additional info They tend to offer this service at the end of the usual day timetable running to Inchcolm.
Ceremony Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Cost £200 for a simple 30 minute cruise out into the main channel under the bridge, £500 for 1hour.
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Cornwall: Penzance Harbour

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Location  Penzance harbour
Area of operation Mount’s Bay is an idyllic setting for scattering ashes at sea. With the serene, magical beauty of St Michael’s Mount overlooking the bay, we can take up to 28 family and friends to pay their respects and lay their loved ones peacefully at sea
Type of boat  See picture above
Duration of trip  Dependant on your wishes
Capacity of boat  28
Refreshments  Not available
Suitable urn Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water UrnsWe also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set
Cost  Prices vary according to where you want to go and how many people are in the party.
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