Family members can also bury cremated remains on their own property, depending on local ordinances and state statutes.
- Scattering of cremated remains is an increasingly popular choice. The scattering can be done by:
- the cremation provider,
- by the family or by clergy, either privately or as part of a ceremony.
- Cremated remains can be scattered on uninhabited public land or public waterways, if local laws and regulations permit.
It can also be done on private property in most states, with the written permission of the property owner.
Careful thought should be given to the matter before choosing scattering in a location which will be frequented by family members; depending on their personal philosophies, they may be either comforted or distressed by knowing that this has been done. Another possibility is to request that cremated remains be returned to the nearest of kin, so that a decision about their disposition can be made later.