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What To Do With an Urn Part Two

Published: March 11, 2022
Biodegradable Turtle Shaped Scattering Urn and Roses

A natural or green service means if the body is cremated, it is placed in a biodegradable urn or scattered. If a person was passionate about sustainability and wanted a green funeral service, there are many different options to choose from with selecting cremation. This is the second in a four part series about different ways to memorialize and find a final resting place for a loved one who has chosen cremation.

Water Burial

Water burial is a great option to combine a natural burial and a scattering into one. For ashes to be buried at sea, they need to be stored in a biodegradable container and released at least three nautical miles from land. To perform a water burial, the urn must be biodegradable and not contribute to marine debris. There are dedicated urn that can be placed in the water and will dissolve on contact with the water. This way, the entire urn can be placed in the water like it would be the ground in a traditional burial, but no harm comes to the environment.


A scattering must also be done at least three nautical miles from land if done at sea. Scattering of cremated remains in lakes, rivers, or other inland waters is not subject to federal regulation under the MPRSA. States, however, may have requirements governing the scattering of cremated remains into internal, non-ocean waters, like lakes and rivers of the state. While a scattering can be done with any urn, there are dedicated scattering urns that are designed to make scattering of ashes easier.

Scatter or Memorial Garden

A way to memorialize a loved one is through keeping their memory alive with a living memorial. A scattering garden is a designated area in a cemetery where cremated remains are meant to be scattered. The ashes are a natural 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 because it gives them a place to gather to remember the one who has passed away.

A memorial garden can help to express your feelings and honor a loved one with new life. An urn can be buried or the ashes scattered in the garden. There are many types of biodegradable urns, such as earth, sand or salt urns. For a memorial garden, a blooming bio-urn could be a perfect option. It is a biodegradable urn created from recycled materials in the United States with blooming expression perennial wildflowers seeds in it. A memorial garden is a living monument designed specifically for a person who has passed, and everything from the plants growing to the decorative stones can be customized to that person’s taste.

For more information about water burial, or to learn more about your biodegradable urn options, visit or call (541) 265-2751 or make an appointment to visit in person.

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