For many families searching for the best way to honor their loved one, cremations are an ideal option. At Shipman Funeral Home & Crematory in Wagoner, OK, their experienced funeral director will help you every step of the way, from arranging cremation services to helping you scatter your loved one’s ashes.
When the time comes, there are a few laws and regulations you need to be aware of before you and your family make the trip for your scattering ceremony:
Check for Local Regulations
Each state and county will have different rules regarding where you can and cannot scatter ashes on public or government-owned land. However, most local government agencies do not take issue with scattering ceremonies provided you are respectful of others using the space. It’s always best to consult any local ordinances before the scattering ceremony to avoid surprise fines. Should you be holding your scattering ceremony in Wagoner or Muskogee, your funeral director at Shipman Funeral Home & Crematory will help you find an appropriate location.
Private Land Requires Permission
If you plan on having the ceremony on private land, make sure you have permission from the landowner. If you fail to get permission, you could be cited for trespassing and assessed a fine as well as assigned a court date. Speak with the landowner ahead of time to discuss your ceremony and make arrangements to ensure you won’t interrupt any events or business on their property.
Regardless of where you scatter your loved one’s ashes, make sure you dispose of the urn properly. If you’re unsure of how to handle the urn after the scattering ceremony, speak with your funeral director for ideas. Most often, urns can be disposed of in a general waste receptacle. Leaving the urn where you scattered the ashes is considered littering and may be subject to a fine.
Whether you’re wanting to discuss options for cremation or wish to schedule a formal funeral service, let the experienced funeral director at Shipman Funeral Home & Crematory help. Visit their website for more information on their services. To speak with a member of their staff, call (918) 485-9525 for their Wagoner location and (918) 682-1700 for their Muskogee location.