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Ann Rao
D: 2018-04-23
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Rao, Ann
Concetta Rando
B: 1942-11-24
D: 2018-04-23
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Rando, Concetta
Catherine Larose
D: 2018-04-21
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Larose, Catherine
Jean Fils
D: 2018-04-20
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Fils, Jean
Rosalie Di Martino
B: 1944-12-26
D: 2018-04-19
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Di Martino, Rosalie
Lisa Volpe-Campisi
B: 1952-09-01
D: 2018-04-19
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Volpe-Campisi, Lisa
Eleanor Dimino
D: 2018-04-19
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Dimino, Eleanor
Mary Quattrocchi
B: 1936-03-11
D: 2018-04-17
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Quattrocchi, Mary
Marie Savasta
B: 1937-12-19
D: 2018-04-17
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Savasta, Marie
Floyd Albert
D: 2018-04-17
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Albert, Floyd
Philip Canciglia
B: 1932-05-03
D: 2018-04-17
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Canciglia, Philip
Carmella Composto
B: 1928-01-01
D: 2018-04-15
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Composto, Carmella
Gary Franklin
B: 1965-05-30
D: 2018-04-15
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Franklin, Gary
Renee Marc
D: 2018-04-13
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Marc, Renee
Daphne Syms
D: 2018-04-13
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Syms, Daphne
Santo Bonanno
D: 2018-04-11
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Bonanno, Santo
Margaret Nizzari
B: 1924-12-18
D: 2018-04-11
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Nizzari, Margaret
Arthur Davis
D: 2018-04-11
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Davis, Arthur
Angelo Caruso
B: 1930-08-05
D: 2018-04-11
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Caruso, Angelo
Arthur Mattia
D: 2018-04-09
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Mattia, Arthur
Gladline Auguste
D: 2018-04-01
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Auguste, Gladline

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Scattering Ashes - NYC

For families who have chosen cremation for a loved one, the next decision involves what to do with the remains. Some choose to keep the cremated remains in their home, have them placed in a columbarium niche at a local cemetery, or having a scattering ashes ceremony in a meaningful place.

Ash Scattering Ceremony

Cremation provides families with more time to arrange where and how to scatter the ashes. While there is no policing agency overseeing scattering ashes in NYC, there are some basics you should know:

  • If you plan on scattering ashes on private property, it's smart to receive written permission from the owner.
  • Public parks require that you obtain a scattering permit.
  • There are no regulations regarding ash scattering on uncontrolled public lands; you need to use your own judgment.
  • You should not scatter ashes within 100 yards of public roads or trails.
  • The cremation container must be disposed of separately and in an environmentally-safe manner.
  • Scattering ashes in inland waters is governed by the Clean Water Act so it's important to obtain a permit from the agency that oversees waterways.
  • Ash scattering at sea must be done at a minimum of three nautical miles from the coastline.
  • Any flowers or wreaths used in the ash scattering ceremony held at sea must decompose. No plastic flowers or other non-decomposable items should be left behind.
  • For ash scattering done at sea, the Environmental Protection Agency requires that you notify the regional office in writing within 30 days after the event.

How to Scatter Ashes

Cremated remains bear little resemblance to ashes; they look and behave a lot like small-grained gravel. However, there are some fine-grains mixed in so be sure to check the wind direction before scattering into the air or a body of water.

 

1. Floating Ceremony

Requires the purchase of a water-soluble urn, which will float for a few minutes before sinking below the surface to bio-degrade naturally.


2. Trenching Ceremony

Involves digging a shallow trench into the soil, which is filled from the urn, and then raked over at the conclusion of the ceremony.


3. Ringing Ceremony

A trench can be cut into the soil or the ashes can be sprinkled directly on the ground around the tree or shrub.


4. Raking Ceremony

Involves pouring the ashes on the ground and then raking them into the soil at the conclusion of the ceremony. This can be a very effortless way to scatter the ashes and is appropriate for scattering ceremonies held on privately-owned land.


5. Sky Ceremony

Involves the use of a private airplane and does not usually involve family members. 


You may also wish to check out our selection of scattering urns prior to making plans for your ceremony. Should you need advice on how to design a meaningful ceremony, feel free to call us at 718-232-8844.
 

 

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