Things to Consider When Scattering the Ashes of a Loved One

The death of a loved one is a difficult time, both physically and emotionally. We know you have enough on your mind, so let us help lighten the load. We here at the Mount Pleasant Group make the cremation of your loved ones as respectful as possible. Our many locations in the Greater Toronto Area offer a variety of services when the time comes to pay your final respects. It’s important to respect the final wishes of those we love. Suppose a family member wanted to have their ashes scattered—where could you do it? Let our experts at the funeral home in Toronto show you how you can organize a service to properly scatter the ashes of a loved one. 

Where can I do it?

There’s a common misconception that it’s entirely illegal to scatter ashes publicly in Ontario. While there are some laws, with the proper permission, you can do so on almost any public land.

  • There is no need to obtain permission from the provincial government to scatter ashes on crown lands as long as they’re uninhabited.
  • For any municipally owned land, you must obtain permission from the city (this includes municipal waterways, parks, etc.).
  • For other private property, it remains legal to scatter the ashes of your loved ones as long as you have permission from the owner.

Other options for the disposition of ashes include:

  • Purchasing the rights to scatter ashes in a registered cemetery
  • Purchasing the rights to place cremated ashes in a niche or buried in a grave located inside a registered cemetery

How to scatter the ashes properly

There are also things to consider when making arrangements for the scattering ceremony. Like a funeral, this type of small ceremony is a nice way for people to come and pay their respects to the deceased. When organizing a ceremony, be sure to consider the following:

  • Try to organize the ceremony on a day that isn’t too windy.
  • Be respectful of others.
  • If the scattering occurs on public property, do not leave a marker – it’s important that you not leave any trace that the scattering took place.

If you or someone you love need to make funeral arrangements for a family member or friend, contact us at Mount Pleasant Group. Visit our website for a full list of locations and services.