Cremations have become increasingly popular in Australia, with more and more families choosing to scatter the ashes of their loved ones. However, choosing the right location is important as a lasting memory in the future. Very often people choose to scatter ashes in a location that was special to their loved one, but over time such places may change or even be built upon, changing the location and with it the memory.
Parks and bushlands
Today's parks and bushlands, however special to your loved one, may not be around in the long term. That beautiful quiet location could be redeveloped into housing in a few years, or turned into a sports field. This means that you may not always have access to the location or the location no longer holds the same meaning.
Remember you may not always be living in the same home, and when you move you loose access to any memorial you may have created in your own garden.
Why not keep the ashes and not scatter them?
Keeping the ashes in an urn at home can be a good idea in some cases, however, if you keep ashes at home other family members may feel excluded or regret not having a special place to visit. There are also issues of safety and security to consider.
Ashes can be scattered on private land, a beach, river, public parks and sea or at a place that was significant to the deceased and families, depending on the wishes of the deceased.
In New South Wales it is important to get permission from the owners of private land or the Trust of Parks and reserves, or from local council for parks, beaches and playing fields as scattering of ashes may contravene the provisions of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 in terms of air or water pollution. Councils and other Government Authorities will set a time and place when these activities can be undertaken and can impose other conditions.
Disposal of ashes without consent from appropriate authorities may result in legal proceedings to be initiated against the person disposing the ashes.
A cremation memorial in a memorial park is an alternative to scattering ashes well worth considering. You also have the option to scatter ashes at many memorial parks, offering the best of both worlds. You can even choose to divide the ashes up and scatter some at your place of choosing as well as placing some in a more permanent memorial at a cemetery or memorial park.
Creating a memorial in a special place helps keep the memory alive beyond the funeral service. Memorials give families and friends a tangible source of comfort, and are an everlasting place to come and remember your loved one. In a memorial park, ashes can be placed without fear of the location changing.