Can I scatter my loved one’s ashes at sea?

Yes, you can scatter your loved one’s ashes at sea, but there are certain regulations and practicalities which should be considered. You must not scatter any non-biodegradable items (e.g. plastic flowers, containers, etc.), since they constitute pollution. Ashes must be scattered away from places where people swim or buildings, and they should be released as close to the surface as possible to avoid the effects of the wind. If you are scattering from the shore, you should check the tide times. If you are scattering on private waters, you must get permission. We would recommend talking to your funeral arranger.