Should you decide to inter your cremated remains in a cemetery, you or your family will have to purchase property at a cemetery. Many cemeteries offer the choice of having the cremated remains buried in the ground or entombed in a wall or columbarium in a space known as a niche. Costs depend on the location of the cemetery, the area of the cemetery you desire, and the type of burial (niche or ground) you desire. Some cemeteries also offer scattering gardens, whereby you purchase the rights to scatter the cremated remains within a designated area of the cemetery.
Scattering outside a cemetery
There are many rules that go along with where you are allowed to scatter cremated remains when not in a cemetery. You can scatter on private property with the permission of the owner (such as scattering at your family’s cottage if the owner(s) of the cottage are in agreement). You can also scatter cremated remains on Crown land, as long as it is unoccupied (this can include provincial parks, conservation reserves, the Great Lakes, etc.) as long as there are no signs prohibiting scattering. When scattering in a public place, such as Crown land, it is important to minimize the environmental impact. Therefore, please make sure you do not leave plastic flowers, notes, or mementos on the site; do not leave clothes, jewelry or offerings on the site; stay on designated road ways or trails; and do not cut or remove natural vegetation such as plants and trees.
Pickering: At the end of McKay Road, there is a scattering site on Lake Ontario.
What you should know when scattering cremated remains in water
Only the cremated remains and biodegradable items should be dispersed in the water. Religious offerings such as coconuts, lemons, jewellery, coins, and clothing should be avoided. These items can harm the water quality and the homes of wildlife.
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Brampton Cremation & Visitation Centre is happy to recommend some scattering sites in the vicinity of our funeral homes for your family to use. Please do not hesitate to ask our staff should you have any questions.