Ask RiotACT: Eco disposal of ashes

boots2904 11 June 2018 3
Ask RiotACT

Hello Rioters.

I have a problem. My family and I recently cremated a loved one and now have to work out what to do with the ashes.

We inquired at the local crematoria and were shocked at the cost to scatter ashes and place memorial plaque… over $2,000… something unaffordable for many.

I have seen in other districts that there are farms that allow you to scatter ashes then plant a tree and place a rock with a plaque, helping develop tree lines that improve the soil, reduce wind erosion, and provide shelter for stock. They offer to water the trees and replace any that die for around $1,200. You can visit at different times through the year with picnic facilities.

We really like this idea as it would create a living memorial that helps improve the environment. Is anyone aware of any options like this in the Canberra region?


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3 Responses to Ask RiotACT: Eco disposal of ashes
Tim Cole Tim Cole 2:47 pm 13 Jun 18

I was planning on keeping my parents on the mantlepiece, over the fireplace.

Deirdre Russack Deirdre Russack 10:23 pm 11 Jun 18

In my experience the cost is associated with the memorial rather than the scattering of ashes. In my family (fortunate to have a farm) we have both scattered ashes in favourite places and buried ashes under a tree but there is no indication that this has happened. This works for our family but might not work for others.

Simon Mitchell Simon Mitchell 9:41 pm 11 Jun 18

I don’t know about land based options, but if anyone wishes to scatter an ex-serviceman’s ashes at Batemans Bay, I’d be honored to assist on board the 1916 built ‘Mt Pleasant’, gratis. I am not aware of any restrictions on scattering ashes at sea.

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