Frequently asked questions
How do i safely fill my vessel with my loved-ones ashes?
We supply you with a paper funnel to allow you to easily and safely transfer the ashes from your temporary storage solution. We understand the ashes are very personal to you and we want to safeguard the transferral of them without splillages. Alternatively your crematorium can do this for you.
Is the lid secure on your Cherish Vessels?
We recommend that you use a bead of superglue around the top of the vessel then simply sit the lid on top. This will secure the ashes inside permanently and stop accidental spillage if knocked over.
How do i send my loved-ones ashes to you for the Cherish Tokens?
You can send a maximum of 50g of ashes. To be sent to our studio in North Yorkshire. Scatter+Cherish, 89 Bilton Grove Avenue, Harrogate, HG1 4HQ. Please select grains of the finest particles. 50g is the maximum amount that can be sent via the UK postal System & international postal system. Please secure in a sift proof container (plastic secured container with lid much like a flight/hand luggage cosmetics container that holds 30g is ideal) Any us-used ashes will be sent back with your cherish token
How do i fill my Scatter Tube with ashes?
Either yourself or your crematorium can fill it for you. Usually your crematorium or funeral director will store the ashes for you until you are ready to collect them or we can send the scatter tube directly to them so you don't have to handle the ashes yourself. If you want to till it yourself or the ashes are already in your possession, fear not because its really simple. Please follow our instructions on the sheet attached with your vessel.
Where can i scatter my ashes?
This advice below is only our recommendations, we take no legal responsibility for this so please check with the relevant authorities as each country is different. Please always be repsonsible and do not leave your scatter tube in a river, lake or at sea as it is not biodegradeable and will hurt wildlife and fish.
When it comes to keeping, burying and scattering ashes, the laws and regulations state that:
You are free to scatter ashes anywhere, so long as you have the permission of the landowner.
That said, there are specific environmental guidelines covering some locations, like the sea or mountainsides. We’ll cover those in detail below.
Where to scatter ashes:
Ash scattering in a cemetery, churchyard or natural burial ground
This is a very easy option. You (or your funeral director, if you prefer) can just contact the cemetery owner and ask for permission to scatter the ashes. Many have a dedicated memorial garden specifically for this.
You may also be able to scatter the ashes over an existing family grave, if you own the exclusive right of burial for it. But if this has lapsed, you might need to renew or ask permission from a new owner before going ahead.
Scattering ashes at sea, over a river, or on a lake:
Do you need permission to scatter ashes over the water? No – unlike a sea burial, you don’t need a licence or permission from a landowner. However, the Environmental Agency has some guidelines you should follow:
Anything else you scatter at the same time should be biodegradable. The ashes themselves won’t hurt plants or animals.
*Please do not dicard your scatter tube at sea as the materials are not biodegradeable*
Stay at least a kilometre upstream of any water collection points, and far from marinas, buildings, and places where people bathe or swim.
Scatter the ashes on a calm day and hold the urn very close to the water when you empty it. This can help you avoid an ashes-blown-into-faces scenario.
How to scatter ashes on a beach:
If you’d like to scatter ashes on a beach, the first thing to do is choose a time when the tide is out, and when your chosen beach will be clear of other people. Early in the morning is generally a good time.
It can also help to choose a spot that isn’t too popular with holidaymakers and dog walkers, away from the beach’s main entrance.
Did you know? You can find tide schedules for UK beaches on the MET office site here.
Most people who choose to scatter ashes at the beach use a technique called “trenching” or “beaching” so that the ashes don’t blow about.
To do this, dig out a long, shallow trench in the sand (perhaps in the shape of the person’s name, or a heart) and then scatter the ashes into the trench. Make sure that your trench is close enough to the sea to eventually be swept away by the tide – look out for the tide line, where seaweed and other debris have been washed up the beach.
If you time your beach ceremony so that the tide is out, but coming back in, you can watch together as the waves return and wash over the ashes.
Scattering ashes on private land
If you have permission from the landowner, there are no UK laws or regulations that can keep you from scattering ashes on private land. Just be aware that your family might not always have access to that land. If the current owner sells up, the new owner may not be willing to let you visit the scattering site.
Regulations on ash scattering on National Trust land
The National Trust have given families permission to scatter ashes in the past. However, they ask that you check with those managing the specific National Trust site you’ll be scattering at before going ahead.
Permission is usually granted on the understanding that the ashes will be scattered discreetly, without leaving any grave markers or tributes behind.
Scattering ashes in a UK National Park
Scattering ashes in the UK’s National Parks – the Brecon Beacons, the Lake District, Dartmoor, and others – is often fine, with permission. You’ll need to contact the organisations separately in order to gain it, but usually, a discreet scattering is acceptable. Just make sure to leave the natural environment as you found it.
Scattering ashes on a mountaintop
While the idea of scattering ashes at the top of a mountain has a nice dramatic feel to it, most conservation organisations ask that you avoid this if possible.
This is because human ashes contain minerals that can have an impact on the delicate plant life that grows on mountain summits.
Instead, it’s better to scatter (or even better, bury) the ashes by a corrie or on some other notable spot on the way up the mountain. This will also give you a lot more privacy – no one wants their memorial service to be interrupted by a troupe of slightly sweaty hikers.
Scattering laws for common land
Common land, like village greens, does belong to someone. So, while you have the right to roam there, you don’t automatically have the right to scatter ashes there. It’s important to ask for permission before going ahead.
Scattering ashes on sports grounds and in stadiums
Attitudes vary here. Nowadays, some of the more popular stadiums have specific memorial areas on their grounds, to keep the pitch from being affected by the number of ashes scattered there. Others no longer allow scattering at all. A good rule of thumb is that the less popular the location, the better your chances of getting permission.
Can i fill my cherish vessel with water?
Yes this has been asked as some people like to use it alternatively as a flower vase without the lid. Our simple answer is No! water will eventually break down the jesmonite and the vessel will crack, water is very destructive over time, especially if soaked in it for a long time.