- Green burial -- place the ashes, via an urn, in a grave and have them buried. We opted to use this approach for my father. He and my mother will share a single plot in a cemetery where my mother's relatives rest.
- Trench -- dig a shallow trench, deposit the ashes, and cover. Apparently this is popular with beach burials;
- Scattering via the wind -- also known as casting, it is wise to check the direction of the wind before commencing;
- Scattering in the water -- there are even urns designed to float for a bit and then slowly sink;
- Create A Ring -- involves scattering the ashes around a favorite tree or object; and
- Scatter from an airplane -- will require you to obtain access to a plane, and may require professional assistance.
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Another idea is to use a combination of these methods to deposit ashes in a variety of places that were special to the decedent. Finally, before acting, I urge you to learn about laws related to scattering of ashes in the state or country where you intend to make the deposit. See a previous post to learn about scattering ashes in Wisconsin. Remember, blogs are not legal advice, just a way to engage in conversation. Did I miss a method? If so, please post a comment.