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Places to Scatter Ashes in Massachusetts
World’s End, outside of Boston in Hingham, MA, is a 251-acre park/conservation area between the Weir River and Hingham Harbor. It has almost everything: views of the Boston skyline, tidal marshes, woodlands, meadows, rolling hills, and meandering, tree-lined carriage paths designed by famed architect Frederick Law Olmsted that are now lovely walking trails. It’s spectacular in every season.Photo Credit
Cape Cod National Seashore is comprised of 40 miles of pristine shoreline and covers 44,600 acres. In addition to miles of beaches that provide wonderful walking, there are 12 walking trails that are open year-round. As they pass through forests, marshes and salt ponds, woodlands, even a historic cranberry bog, and offer views of the ocean, there are many special places to scatter your loved one’s ashes.Photo Credit
Felix Neck on Martha’s Vineyard covers 194 acres and has four miles of trails through woodlands, meadows, ponds, salt marshes, and shorelines, along with beautiful butterfly and bird gardens, that allow for exploration and quiet contemplation. The trails are relatively short and easily accessible, and offer scenic views full of flora and fauna, and brilliant color in the fall.Photo Credit
Additional Notes on Scattering Cremated Remains in Massachusetts
The state laws allow ashes to be scattered anywhere that it isn’t illegal to do so – meaning, simply, that people must conform to federal laws or state property laws. Be sure to ask permission if you are planning to scatter ashes on private property.
Massachusetts Cremation FAQs
What happens when you can't afford funeral services in Massachusetts?
Although state funeral and burial assistance is in decline, there are available resources. To qualify for the Massachusetts 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 is state cremation rate?
Massachusetts cremation rate is 41-50%, according to 2018 CANA Annual Report.
What veterans’ benefits are available in Massachusetts?
The VA benefits provided (at no cost to the family) include a fixed amount toward funeral expenses; a grave site; opening and closing of the grave; perpetual grave site care; a government headstone or marker; a 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); and an engraved presidential memorial certificate signed by the current President, expressing the country’s grateful recognition of the veteran’s service.
How many funeral homes are there in Massachusetts?
There are 555 funeral homes in 200 cities of Massachusetts.
Massachusetts State Facts
State Nickname: Bay State; Old Colony State
State Motto: Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem (By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty).
State Population: 6,895,917
State Bird: Black-capped chickadee
State Flower: American elm
State Tree: Mayflower
State Animal: Massachusetts has several state animals – the state dog, the Boston terrier; the state cat, the tabby; the state horse, the Morgan horse; and the state marine mammal, the right whale.
Bonus Fact 1: The first telephone call in history was made between inventor Alexander Graham Bell and his assistant, Thomas Watson, on March 10, 1876, in Boston.
Bonus Fact 2: The creation of the Cape Cod National Seashore marked the first time the federal government purchased land for a park.
Bonus Fact 3: The American industrial revolution began in Lowell, America’s first planned industrial city, in the early 19th century.
Bonus Fact 4: Boston Light, on Little Brewster Island in outer Boston Harbor, was built in 1716, and was the first lighthouse in what is now the United States.
Bonus Fact 5: Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States, established in 1636.