Scattering ashes in the State of Nebraska in the US: it is equivalent to grave robbing!
Now there is an alarmist title, I do like to know the legality in different parts of the world and here is one about Nebraska – it is a Class IV felony!
However before you start panicking whether the ‘Boys in Blue’ are likely to come knocking, you should know that the author could not find any reported cases of anyone being prosecuted.
“Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood said she didn’t personally recall any stories of a person being busted for scattering ashes illegally.” Busted, now there is a good word we don’t tend to use it too much in the UK… I digress. Basically the State law forbids – ‘grave-robbing [and it] also includes a line banning people from knowingly throwing away “human skeletal remains or burial goods” in any place other than a regular place for burial.’
As the article points out, it is more aimed at bodies than human ashes, but it is a Class IV felony as opposed to a misdemeanour.
Not only are you not allowed to scatter ashes according to the law, it would a appear that the city (bearing the name of one of the most famous presidents and a small but historic city in East England), does not approve in terms of permission either.
I liked this bit – “Don’t try digging up a small spot of the field at Memorial Stadium to bury any ashes, either. First, it is artificial field turf. And second, Chris Anderson, assistant athletic director for community relations at the University of Nebraska, never gives permission to do that. Although the office gets about one request a month, she said.
“We are not set up to be that kind of event venue,” she said.” – I love the fact that there needs to further explanation after the fact that the pitch is described as artificial.
Also, not at Haymarket Park’s Hawks Field. Not at Bowlin Stadium softball fields. In fact, no place on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus can officially be used to scatter ashes. Nor the Sunken Gardens at 27th Street and Capitol Parkway.
“However, we occasionally find piles of ashes, that we respectfully call ‘Aunt Betty,’ in various spots of the Gardens,” said Steve Nosal, garden designer at Sunken Gardens.
Aunty Betty – I like that, it has the right tone, you do hear this name as a generic euphemism over in the UK too, I wonder why that should happen when so many other such nuances don’t translate. And I wonder if America’s use Uncle Albert as well?
So Nebraskans be warned: your State and Municipal authorities don’t approve (although it is unlikely you be sentenced to four years hard labour).
Read more: http://journalstar.com/lifestyles/family/think-of-the-deceased—-and-local-laws/article_6a8e121f-f7e2-5892-87a5-e5ba083ac6b4.html#ixzz1wEyYUnKm