Understanding The Different Cremation Terminologies

The growing popularity of cremation can be attributed to many factors. They are cost effective, eco-friendly, hassle-free and provide a variety of options that one can choose from to give a unique send off to loved ones. One of these options is in the method of ash-scattering. Many people have little knowledge on the ways they can use to scatter the ashes of a loved one. The truth is that there are different ways to do it and your choice will depend on the one that you think is the best for you. The following terminologies will help you understand ash- scattering methods in cremation better.



Raking is the process of pouring the cremains of a loved from an urn into the loose soil and then they are raked into the ground usually after the cremation ceremony is over. When one is pouring, great care has to be taken to prevent the wind from blowing the cremains into the air. The raking process is undertaken by family members and close friends in turns.


Trenching involves digging a trench in the ground and then pouring the cremains directly into it. The spot where the trench is made is usually on the favorite spot of the loved one like in the garden, the beach, backyard or any other spot. As part of the ceremony, the family members and friends light candles in a circle around the trench spot. At the end of the ceremony, they take turns covering the ashes in the trench.


The casting of cremains involves tossing or throwing them into the wind. When doing so, the weather has to be so favorable that the cremains are tossed downwind. This means that heavier ash particles will fall into the ground while the lighter ones will be blown away forming a white-gray cloud. Casting can be done directly from an urn and tossed in turns by family and friends or divided into cups and casted together at once like in a toast.

Air scattering

This is similar to casting but the cremains are tossed into the air using an airplane. There are service providers that are trained and specialize in this particular event and, usually, family and friends of the loved one can watch from the ground as the remains are scattered or even ride on the airplane with the remains of their loved one.

Water scattering

This is when cremains are scattered into a water body like a lake, river, or ocean. When doing this, it is possible for the ashes to blow back into your face when they are poured out of the urn. The best way is usually to use a biodegradable urn and then take a good position at the side of the boat when dropping it. Hiring a boat service specialized in water scattering is necessary to have the best experience in parting with your loved one on the water.

All in all, the above ash-scattering methods are commonly used to bid farewell to a loved one and you can choose any of them when doing a simple cremation in Wallingford, CT.