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Places to Scatter Ashes in Texas
Caddo Lake is a 25,000 acre lake on the border between Texas and Louisiana. A maze of bayous, Spanish moss-covered cypress trees, Caddo Lake is one of Texas’s greatest treasures. Thanks to the Texas scattering laws you can rent a boat and release your ashes in the vast lake. If you or your loved one prefer nature, you can find a beautiful spot on the Caddo Forrest Trails. Simply call the Caddo Lake State Park ahead of time and inform them you are planning to come for a scattering.Photo Credit
Filled with landscapes, gardens, and rolling lawns, it will not take you long to find a beautiful spot for a scattering at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Particularly memorable is the Val Lake Garden of Memories, a sprawling lawn with a seating area and fountain, the garden and scenic views are an excellent place to hold a memorial service and a scattering.Photo Credit
Additional Notes on Scattering Cremated Remains in Texas
Texas law allows you to scatter ashes over uninhabited public land, over a public waterway or sea, or on private property of a consenting owner. If scattering at sea you must be at least 3 nautical miles from land, notify the EPA within 30 days of scattering, and avoid beaches and wading pools. You must obtain a permit to scatter on federal land. You can also scatter the ashes, but NOT the container, from the air as the government doesn’t consider cremains to be hazardous material. If the container isn’t biodegradable you must remove the ashes from the container before scattering.
Texas Cremation FAQs
What happens if you can't afford funeral services for you or your loved on in the state of Texas?
Although state funeral and burial assistance is in decline, there are available resources. To qualify for the Texas Indigent Burial and Cremation program, the deceased must have no estate from which to pay for a funeral, no family who can afford a service, and be ineligible for assistance from the Social Security or Veterans administration. If these criteria are met, the Public Administrator, or Indigent Burial Officer of the state, pays for a direct cremation of the deceased (the least expensive method). This is why it’s so important to pre-plan.
What veterans benefits are available in Texas?
The VA benefits provided (at no cost to the family) include a grave site; opening and closing of the grave; perpetual grave site care; a government headstone or market; and United States burial flag that can be draped over the casket or accompany the urn (and is given to the next of kin after the service); an engraved presidential memorial certificate signed by the current sitting President, expressing the country’s grateful recognition of their service.
How many funeral homes are there in Texas?
There are 1,193 funeral homes in 547 cities of Texas.
Texas State Facts
State Nickname: The Lone Star State
State Motto: “Friendship”
State bird: Mockingbird
State tree: Pecan
State flower: Bluebonnet
State animal: Armadillo
Bonus Fact 1: 6 different flags have flown over Texas- Spain, France, Mexico, the Confederacy, the Republic of Texas, and the USA.
Bonus Fact 2: The fastest road in the USA is in Austin Texas, with a speed limit of 85 mph!
Bonus Fact 3: The first word spoken on the moon was “Houston”.
Bonus Fact 4: Texas gets more tornadoes per year than all of the United States.
Bonus Fact 5: Tyler, TX is home to the world’s largest rose garden.
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