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As winter turns to spring, and the flowers begin to peak through their flower beds, thoughts turn to gardening and the signs of spring. While some may be thinking of creating a vegetable or flower garden, there is another type of garden rising in popularity: a scatter garden. According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the rate of cremation is predicted to increase from 50.2% now, to 55.8 percent in 2020 and 70.6 percent in 2030. With this rise has come a new wave of ways to memorialize those who have passed on.
A scattering garden is a designated area in a cemetery where cremated remains are meant to be scattered. The ashes are a natural, eternal fertilizer for the flowers and plants, and serve as a living memorial for those who wish to be cremated. Families often choose to scatter a portion of their loved one’s remains in a cemetery scattering garden even if their loved one wished to be scattered in a personally meaningful location, like an ocean or forest. This is because it gives the family a place to gather to remember the one who has passed away.
Three ways to celebrate your loved one through bringing new life:
Tree of Life Memorial Tree Planting Program
This free program was started in 2008, providing a memorial tree certificate with every urn sold. Over the last ten years, this program has planted over 100,000 trees. Currently, Tree of Life is focusing on planting trees in Eldorado National Forest in California as part of the king fire reforestation project.
Blooming Bio Urn
A blooming bio-urn is a biodegradable memorial urn that is created from recycled materials in the United States. Each urn comes with a Blooming Expression which can be planted in a scatter garden or special place where it will grow and bloom into 12 varieties of perennial wildflowers.
Bateman Funeral Home also provides biodegradable seed paper to help you memorialize your loved one. The ribbon seed paper includes native wildflowers to grow and bloom in a scatter garden or meaningful location that will help you remember your loved one who has passed.
From our family to yours,
Bateman Funeral Home