When families plant a loved ones cremated ashes under a tree, or sprinkle the remains in a backyard garden, the bereaved's intentions are for the remains to provide nourishment for the local plants and wildlife, theoretically releasing energy back into the natural cycle of life. Sadly, this is a misconception as cremated ashes are not in a transferable energy form.
Presently, "the physical state of cremation ash is predominately bone tissue in granular form, much like sand or a finely ground gravel. The composition is predominately calcium and phosphorus in the form of a highly stable compound known as rock phosphate (Ca3(PO4)2). All of the liquid and nitrogenous material escapes to the atmosphere in the high heat of cremation." Cremated remains are processed at such high temperatures that it makes them insoluble.
Human ashes can weigh 3 - 5 pounds depending on bone density. Equivalent to about two-litres in volume.
Please note -before you scatter inspect the ashes. Sometimes the ashes contain a small metal tag contained inside to identify the ashes. It is not recommended that you scatter the ID tag.
Ashes pose no threat to health or to the environment. Dumping anything into a body of water --- may be forbidden by environmental regulations.
The disposal of human ashes in rivers or streams has not been proven to negatively impact the environment. Ash scattering ceremonies do not require EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) approval.
The chart above, shows thee chemicals are what exists in human cremains (ashes) after traditional incineration cremation.
Except as noted, All content © Village Memorial. 2009-2013. All rights reserved.