Can I Scatter Cremated Remains On My Own Property?

By: Brian K. Daly
Monday, March 20, 2023

At Ocean County Cremation Service, we have seen clients struggle with coming to terms with a loved one’s passing. But most families also have many questions about cremation society rules and guidelines to follow.

After the cremation process, families often wonder about the options for the final disposition of their loved one’s remains. One option that some families consider is scattering the ashes on their own property.

Can You Scatter Cremated Remains On Your Own Property?

Scattering ashes on private property in NJ, is allowed as long as the proper procedures are followed including the following:

  • The first step is to obtain written permission from the property owner. If the property is owned by the deceased’s family, then permission is not necessary. However, if the property is owned by someone else, such as a landlord, then written permission must be obtained.
  • It is also important to ensure that the ashes are scattered in a way that will not cause any harm to the environment or the public. This means avoiding scattering ashes in bodies of water, near public walkways or highways, or in areas where the wind could blow the ashes onto neighboring properties.
  • If you plan to scatter the ashes on your own property, choose a location that is meaningful and appropriate. This could be a favorite spot in the garden, a special tree, or another area that holds significance for the family. It is also important to consider the long-term effects of scattering the ashes on the property, such as the impact on future landscaping or construction projects.
  • It is also important to note that once the ashes are scattered, they cannot be collected or moved. Therefore, it is important to carefully consider the location and to ensure that the family is comfortable with the decision.

Scattering the ashes of a loved one can be a meaningful and personal way to say goodbye, and following these guidelines will ensure that the process is respectful and in compliance with New Jersey state regulations.

Consult Cremation Society Professionals For Guidance On Scattering Ashes

For any more details on whether you can scatter cremated remains on your own property, please call Ocean County Cremation Service at 609-971-3321. You can also send us your queries about the services our cremation society offers, via this Online Form. We work with clients to ensure that we understand their needs and provide suitable services within their budget.  

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