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Places to Scatter Ashes in Illinois
Wrigley Field is a massive baseball park and an iconic spot for Illinois natives. Do not have a scattering without calling the park and receiving permission, but there are many people from Chicago and Illinois in general that would love to have their ashes spread on the Wrigley Green.Photo Credit
The Chicago Botanic Garden is a 385-acre plant museum on nine islands in the Cook County Forest Preserves. It has a total of 27 beautiful gardens, and any one of them would be a lovely place to gather together for a scattering. The Chicago Botanic Garden is owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, so be sure to obtain a permit or permission from them beforehand.Photo Credit
Matthiessen State Park is located by Utica and Oglesby. Famous for its array of unusual and beautiful rock formations and forests and waterfalls, this is a very unique and interesting place for a scattering. Contact the State Park management to obtain a permit, and gather your loved ones here for a memorable experience.Photo Credit
Additional Notes on Scattering Cremated Remains in Illinois
Illinois law states that if you wish to scatter ashes you may do so in a legally established scattering area or in any manner whatever on the private property of a consenting owner. You can scatter in public areas so long as you have a permit, and you have to be at least 100 yards away from public roads or trails.
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What veterans benefits are available in Illinois?
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 Illinois?
There are 1,132 funeral homes in 594 cities in Illinois.
What happens when you can't afford funeral services in Illinois?
Although state funeral and burial assistance is in decline, there are available resources. To qualify for the Illinois Indigent Burial and Cremation program, the deceased must have to 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.
Illinois State Facts
State Nickname: The Prairie State
State Motto: “State sovereignty- National union”
Population: 12,859,995 million
State bird: Cardinal
State tree: White Oak
State flower: Native Violet
Bonus fact 1: The first state to ratify the 13th amendment to abolish slavery.
Bonus fact 2: Evanston, IL is the birthplace of the classic ice cream sundae.
Bonus fact 3: Illinois is home to the Chicago River, the world’s only river that flows backwards.
Bonus fact 4: Aurora is known as the City of Lights because it was the first US city to use electric street lighting throughout the entire city.
Bonus fact 5: Birthplace of Robert Pershing Wadlow, the tallest human in history at 8’11.
Bonus fact 6: Nearly 80% of Illinois’s land area is farm land.
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