Southfield

28581 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI 48034

Places to Scatter Ashes in Michigan

Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes in North America. It is a massive lake that is shared by Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. This beautiful lake would be a very special place to hold a scattering, whether from a boat or off a pier

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Belle Isle Conservatory

This 982 acre island park in Detroit is filled with beautiful landscapes, gardens, fountains, and more. Built in 1904, this would be a very unique location to scatter your loved one’s ashes. Be sure to contact the conservatory prior to arriving to obtain permission.

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Dow Gardens

Dow Gardens is located in Midland, Michigan. The Stream Walk, Herb Garden, Color Garden, Rose Garden, or any one of the other sites can be the site of your scattering. If you contact the Gardens beforehand, they can even help you arrange to have a memorial for your loved one on the grounds.

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Additional Notes on Scattering Cremated Remains in Michigan

Michigan law allows you to scatter ashes over uninhabited public land with permission/a permit, 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.

Michigan Cremation FAQs

What veterans benefits are available in Michgan?

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.

What is the average cost of cremation in Michigan?

According to US Funerals Online, a cremation and memorial service costs around $3,000- $4,000 and a direct cremation can be as low as $300.

How many funeral homes are there in the state of Michigan?

There are 734 funeral homes in 426 cities of Michigan.

Michigan State Facts

State Nickname: Water Winter Wonderland

State Motto: If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you

Population: 9.91 million

State bird: Robin

State tree: White Pine

State flower: Apple Blossom

Bonus fact 1: Detroit is known as the car capital of the world.

Bonus fact 2: The Detroit Zoo was the first zoo in America to feature cage-less, open-exhibits that allowed the animals more freedom to roam.

Bonus fact 3: Michigan has the longest freshwater shoreline in the world.

Bonus fact 4: Four flags have flown over Michigan- French, English, Spanish, and the United States.

Bonus fact 5: Wayne County, Michigan is the oldest county, incorporated in 1815.

*State population based on estimates provided by the 2014 U.S. Census.
*Cremation rate provided by the most recent study by CANA in 2014.