For the Western World, the act of scattering a loved one’s ashes is relatively new, only picking up in popularity over the past three or four decades. Today, about one-third of Americans who choose cremation have their cremated ashes scattered instead of kept in an urn. For Asian cultures, the act of scattering ashes, particularly at sea, extends back centuries. For Hindus in India, to be scattered or placed in the Ganges River is sacred.
Regardless of religion or culture, for many families, scattering ashes is a very meaningful act. They may choose a beloved location, or they may simply like the idea of returning their loved one to nature.
The beauty of the Bay Area offers a number of potential locations where you may choose to say your final goodbye to your friend or family member. Here are some ash scattering ideas to consider in and around the San Francisco area:
- San Francisco Bay
- The Golden Gate Bridge
- Alcatraz Island
- Angel Island
- Bolinas Bay
- Half Moon Bay
- Marin Headlands
- Pointe Reyes
- Diablo Foothills Regional Park
- Yosemite National Park
If you’re looking for something a little simpler, we also offer a selection of scattering gardens on the beautiful and historic Cypress Lawn Cemetery grounds.
There are laws and other regulations that guide the scattering of human ashes on land and in the air and sea, and in some cases, you will need to secure a permit. Always talk with a trusted cremation provider like Cypress Lawn before choosing a scattering location.
We can also show you ways you can memorialize your loved one in a permanent way. A keepsake or marker, something that is a meaningful and lasting memorial to your loved one, is an important part of your grieving process, especially if you choose to scatter their remains.
We are the cremation experts in the Bay Area and can advise you on every aspect, including scattering options. Call us today to connect with a member of our staff.
If you, or someone you know, chose to scatter a loved one’s ashes, what was that experience like? Is it something you would choose for yourself?