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How to scatter ashes: 5 different ways

How to scatter ashes? Here are 5 ways to make your ceremony even more memorable Casting: is the act of throwing the cremation ashes to the wind or usually just called scattering. There are a number of thing you should consider. they are more ashes than you realise they can cover quite an area, they […]

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The Ministry of Justice response to our question on exhumation of ashes

This was our enquiry: Hello Since the recent interest in exhumation articles in various national papers, I am trying to clarify a couple of things The MoJ gets around 25 applications per week for exhumation what is the percentage spilt (roughly) between whole body / standard burial and burial of cremated remains? As I understand […]

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Will scattering ashes on my lawn harm the grass?

Yes is can in the short term, cremation ashes contain calcium and calcium phosphate these chemicals acts like salt and draws the water out of the tissue of the plant leaf. This will happen if not thinly spread, it acts like a fertiliser also impacting the nutrient balance within the soil. The less the ashes […]

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10 Ways of Keeping Ashes at Home

Keeping ashes at home The crematorium have rung your funeral director to say your loved one’s ashes are ready for collection. The funeral home pop a lovely letter in the post letting you know that they have the ashes and will keep them until you are ready to collect them. What do you do? Your […]

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A ceremony in the Sirhowy Valley

It is not often a family scattering ceremony is reported unless there is some mishap or there is a celebrity involved. This story appeared in the South Wales Argus, a family from Gwent scatter the ashes of their relative on Sirhowy River in near Blackwood. Apparently, they were the first to be granted permission by […]

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#National Poetry Day – internment psalms

To celebrate National Poetry Day we are are posting some of our favourite ones for using at an ashes internment or scattering. Christian Text for when ashes are interned or scattered Psalm 121 I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the […]

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#NationalPoetryDay – A Poem for a Sea Lover

Richard came across this poem when writing a blog post about the explorer Frank Wild and was stunned by just how beautiful it was. If you are wondering about the words to say when scattering the ashes of an old sailor or seaman, or anyone really who loved the sea – you could do a lot […]

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#NationalPoetryDay – Famous Poems

To celebrate National Poetry Day we’re sharing some of our more famous poems that you might consider using for an ashes scattering ceremony: Famous Poems Do not go gentle into that good night By Dylan Thomas, 1951 or 1952 Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of […]

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#NationalPoetryDay – a Haiku for scattering ashes

Two November girls scatter his ashes at sea; sad wild waves thunder.   For those not familiar with the term Haiku is a Japanese form of poetry, Japanese haiku have been traditionally composed in 5-7-5 syllables, so 17 in total. When poets started writing English haiku in the 1950’s, they adopted this 5-7-5 form, now […]

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#NationalPoetryDay – Light-hearted Poems

To celebrate National Poetry Day we’re sharing some of our more light-hearted poems that you might consider using for an ashes scattering ceremony: We quite like this one – especially if you have opted for a scattering at sea – I must go down to the sea again By Spike Mulligan I must go down […]

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#NationalPoetryDay – Solemn or Wistful Poems

Solemn/Wistful Poems Miss Me But Let Me Go When I come to the end of the road, and the sun has set for me I want no rites in a gloom-filled room, why cry for a soul set free? Miss me a little but not too long and not with your head bowed low. Remember […]

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#NationalPoetryDay – Life Affirming Poems

Life Affirming Poems To celebrate National Poetry Day here are a few ‘life affirming’ poems we thought you might like to use for an Ashes Scattering ceremony: Not, How Did He Die, But How Did He Live? Not how did he die, but how did he live? Not what did he gain, but what did […]

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Last orders please

Every year I am shocked by just how fast Christmas approaches, I have no sooner put away my flip-flops when I’m asked where we’re going to spend Christmas Day, last year my mum surpassed herself by asking me the Thursday before the August Bank Holiday! It’s nice to feel wanted and Christmas is such an important time of the […]

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Making a Will

There was yet another thought provoking article article in the family section of the Guardian yesterday, a woman who has no children talks through the process of making a will.  We all find this process difficult, staring your demise in the face and making confident decisions about what will happen to your children, your partner […]

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One Virginians preference for cremation

In the early days of the blog I did quite a few ‘personal perspectives’ and I am not sure why I haven’t posted any for a while. This lady’s ponderings interested me, not only is it thoughtful, but it has a clear insight into the american way of thinking and highlights for me the debate in the […]