Cremations have become increasingly popular in Australia, with more and more families choosing to scatter the ashes of their loved ones. However, choosing the right location is important as a lasting memory in the future. Very often people choose to scatter ashes in a location that was special to their loved one, but over time such places may change or even be built upon, changing the location and with it the memory.
Parks and bushlands
Today's parks and bushlands, however special to your loved one, may not be around in the long term. That beautiful quiet location could be redeveloped into housing in a few years, or turned into a sports field. This means that you may not always have access to the location or the location no longer holds the same meaning.
Remember you may not always be living in the same home, and when you move you loose access to any memorial you may have created in your own garden.
Why not keep the ashes and not scatter them?
Keeping the ashes in an urn at home can be a good idea in some cases, however, if you keep ashes at home other family members may feel excluded or regret not having a special place to visit. There are also issues of safety and security to consider.
In Queensland, state and local councils do not generally require you to arrange a permit to scatter ashes, however there are exceptions to this. For example, there can be restriction on scattering ashes in Commonwealth reserves as these are federally managed. If you are thinking about scattering ashes, it is always safest to research the area first.