What are Scattering Tubes
If you’re planning on scattering your loved
one’s ashes as part of a memorial service, or to fulfill their wish of being
laid to rest in a particular location, you don’t need any sort of permanent
urn. Instead, you would have the cremains placed in a scattering tube to secure
transport to the location of the scattering.
Cremains are generally placed in one large
scattering tube. However, if you have multiple individuals interested in
participating in the scattering of ashes, you can choose to divide the cremains
into a number of smaller tubes.
Scattering tubes are made to facilitate the transfer of ashes safely. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind in order to assure a smooth transition.
● When removing the lid to your scattering tube, and particularly when punching open the inner seal, be sure to have the tube opening pointed away from you and other people. This avoids the possibility of a puff of ashes getting in someone’s eyes.
● Make sure to test the wind direction prior to scattering ashes into the open air. You want to make certain you scatter the ashes in the right direction so that they’re carried away from you, as opposed to getting blown back at you.
● The same thought should be put into a beach scattering. You want to wait until the tide is going out so that your loved one's ashes are carried out to sea, instead of pushed back up onto the beach.
● Choose a scattering location that isn’t downwind of any area where the ashes could disturb other people.
● If your chosen location makes it difficult to avoid this possibility, consider scattering the ashes directly onto the ground, or into a shallow hole, where they can be buried.