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Many people ask about how to handle scattering ashes if the cremains are not going to be placed in a memorial site, such as a cemetery.

Regulations governing the scattering of cremains vary according to where you want to spread the remains. Many cities and some counties have their own regulations in addition to statutes. Public parks, including national parks, have their own regulations. These include scattering ashes at sea.


The general rule is ashes can be scattered on personal property with the permission of the owner.

There is a book by Mark Harris called Grave Matters that has information about all types of body disposition, including various “green” alternatives, with a wealth of additional sources of information listed for every type of disposition.


Contact Sanders Law Firm 336-724-4707 for your estate planning or if you have a case involving fiduciary violations such as improper taking of money by a Power of Attorney or Executor of an Estate.