Scattering Cremated Remains over Water by Boat.

If you’re funeral planning, we’re the site for you! We’ve got information on every  possible option for scattering ashes, “cremains” of your loved one.

With the rise in cremation rates we’re seeing more and more interest in scattering options or what we call “releasing cremated remaines”.


The commonly used term is “ash scattering”, but actually, we’re not talking about “ashes”. Cremated remains are not ashy but more granular with some fragments of bone in the mix. The correct term is “cremains”.

One popular option is to scatter the ashes –  “cremains”, over a body of water.
There is something spiritual about water. We’re mostly made of water. Our planet is mostly covered by water. We can’t live without water. Water, water, water. For ash scattering the waters of our planet call us.
Laws used to require that ashes be scattered way out from the shoreline but in many places now it’s OK to scatter from shore or from a dock.
Taking a boat out into the ocean or a big lake to scatter a loved one’s ashes can be an incredibily beautiful experience. Some captains will circle the area a couple of times as you release flowers or other natural objects into the waters. When you’re ready release the ashes to the waters.
Cremated remains can be scattered from a boat over an ocean or other body of water. This is one version of a burial at sea.

Some states require the cremated remains literally be scattered over the water; other states allow the use of a scattering urn.

A water-soluble scattering urn can enhance the scattering experience. These urns are specifically designed to gradually disperse the ashes. Ashes cast directly into the water will often blow back at the boat and cling to the sides of the boat. This can be both frustrating and unsightly. A water-soluble scattering urn usually will float for several minutes then slowly sink where it will degrade or melt. The survivors will often toss flowers or petals as a tribute as the urn drifts away.
You do not need to live by the ocean to have cremated remains scattered into an  ocean. Cremated remains can be mailed to a scattering company, which will provide the service. Often, the company will provide a video recording of the scattering for those unable to attend.  – AC

1 Comment »

  1. Bunny Adams said

    Do you know if there is a law in Ohio, that prevents scattering of ashes in a lake? My mother passed away and when my dad passes, they both are requesting their ashes to be scattered in public lake where they met. I have contacted the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, but have heard nothing at this time.

    I do like the scattering urn and maybe this can be used IF there is such a law?

    Any feedback would be appreciated.

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