Scattering ashes at sea or on a river

When choosing to spread ashes of a loved one over water there are a few considerations you need to take into account.

We have pages specifically for river and the sea, this page deals with the more generic issues.

You have two main choices: from a boat or from the shore line

From a boat: if you have access to a boat you can do it yourself – you do not need a licence to spread ashes in tidal coastal waters off of the UK.

Benefits of scattering or water burial from a boat

  • There no chance of being intruded upon
  • You can conduct a ceremony without the potential of onlookers
  • You can get to more inaccessible places.
  • could feel more of an occasion.
  • You are totally surrounded by the sea.
  • The ashes can be as one you don’t need to disperse them, the water will do that for you.

From the beach or waters edge

If you pick the correct time of day the waters edges is a great option, we would suggest a sandy beach and spot below the high tide line, an indicator is where this is is a line made by the driftwood and seaweed. Carve a small trench in the beach,  a heart shape, circle for example and scatter the ashes in the trench, do not put to many ashes in one place.

Use a secluded part of the beach and a time where you are unlikely to be disturbed.

The tide timetable may be useful tide timetable

Benefits of scattering on a beach or the waters edge

  • There is no additional cost
  • Too a large degree you can choose your own timings and durations
  • The weather is less likely to make you postpone
  • There is no chance of seasickness!

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