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Dispose of ashes (cremated remains)

All crematoria provide a Garden of Remembrance where you can scatter ashes (cremated remains). Some also provide cremated remains plots, where containers can be placed for limited periods.

Ashes can be stored at the crematorium for a limited period, although there may be a charge from the crematorium for doing this.

You can take ashes from the crematorium using a suitable container, such as a traditional wooden ashes casket. You can then bury them in a grave in a cemetery or churchyard, scatter them at another crematorium, or scatter them privately. You will need to make sure you have the necessary permissions from the appropriate Authority in each case. The Authority could be:

  • the local authority for the area where you wish to scatter the ashes
  • the local canal and river trust, or British Waterways, if you wish to scatter the ashes in a canal or river.

When you scatter the ashes, exposure to the elements (sun, wind, rain, and so on) quickly breaks them down, so that they’re no longer visible within a few days.

If you have any questions, the Registrar at your local crematorium will be pleased to help answer them.