Celebration of Life and Scattering Ceremonies
Many who choose a direct cremation, hold their own remembrance service called a celebration of life. This offers more flexibility and planning time and sometimes will take the place of a funeral service, although others choose to hold this days, weeks or months after the funeral has taken place.
This can be an opportunity to bring together the people who loved and cared for the person who has passed away, to talk about their life and experiences and share memories. Celebrations of life can feel a little more joyful than a funeral, which depending on the location and religion of the family, the event might include dancing, storytelling, singing, and of course, food and drink.
There may be a less strict dress code for a celebration of life, including more vibrant clothing for guests, this will usually be echoed in uplifting music, fireworks, performances and a party atmosphere.
A scattering ceremony can be held, whether this is to inter the ashes at a cemetery or scatter them in a location that is meaningful, this offers another opportunity for remembrance.
There are lots of options for ashes scattering, however, if you’re unsure if you are able to scatter the ashes in a specific place, check with local councils just in case. This is the opportune moment to read a poem, play a song, say scripture or any special words that you feel are appropriate.