Scattering and Dispersal of Ashes
Bylaws & Ethics:
New Zealand currently has very few bylaws or restrictions on the scattering or dispersal of ashes at sea. There's also a great deal of flexibility and freedom for the disposal of cremated remains in public lands, such as parks and wilderness areas. If dispersing ashes that remain contained in an urn, the urn must be biodegradable. It's important to be aware that some local authorities have developed their own policies and restrictions for some of the public use sites within their district, such as in public beaches, parks, sports facilities and botanic gardens. Dispersal of ashes in flowing waterways such as rivers or on the foreshore of such waterways is culturally unacceptable to many Maori. There are also some controversial bylaws being put in place that restricts ash scattering in areas that affect Maori. Regardless of bylaws and restrictions, to avoid any potential backlash or repercussions it's important to dispose ashes and urns in a responsible manner. Also try to be respectful and mindful of others when disposing or scattering ashes in public or private areas, try to isolate your yourself as much as possible to ensure that you're not going to make others uncomfortable given the sensitive nature of the matter.
Conventional Scattering vs Biodegradable Urns:
Scattering ashes is an ancient old tradition, and still today the majority of those choosing cremation eventually scatter the ashes of their loved-ones.
The conventional method of scattering ashes is typically accomplished by simply casting or tossing the ashes to the wind, however it's important to be aware that this method can potentially be a risky and messy ordeal, especially at sea. Cremated remains vary in consistency, some of which will be a fine powder that can easily become airborne, even by a slight breeze. Airborne remains can blow back onto those participating creating a traumatic experience rather than the memorable memorial that you anticipated.
Biodegradable cremation urns provide a more dignified and safer alternative for scattering ashes. The ashes never become airborne as they remain contained in the urn which acts as a vessel that gradually and safely releases the ashes into nature without harming the environment. Since the ashes remain inside the urn and aren't visibly seen during the ceremony, it can help ease some emotional stress and provide comfort to the family.
Biodegradable urns can provide a beautiful and elegant means in which to honour a loved one, and are an ideal option for those who wish to memorialise the occasion by taking photos or videos that can later be shared with friends and family.
If done correctly, scattering ashes can be a pure and loving way to return the departed back to nature, but you only have one chance to get it right. It's for this reason that biodegradable urn products such as our ©Voyager Urns were developed and introduced.