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Places to Scatter Ashes in Nebraska

Ponca State Park

Ponca State Park, just outside the town of Ponca in northeastern Nebraska, is at the eastern gateway of the Missouri National Recreational River, and gives visitors a glimpse of an untamed river. The scenic, dense woodlands, rolling hills and prairie ridges, where explorers Lewis and Clark passed through on their epic journey up the Missouri, come alive with songbirds and flowers in the spring. It is a beautiful place to scatter your loves one’s ashes.

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Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge

Fort Niobrara, near Valentine in North Central Nebraska, was established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1912 as a bird, bison and elk preserve. The rolling sandhills, limestone breaks and waterfalls along the Niobrara River canyon are home to a great variety of wildlife, including bald and golden eagles in the winter. The 19,000-acre refuge, which sustains a wide diversity of plants and wildlife, is also a place respite and reflection for humans, making it perfect for a scattering.

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Indian Cave State Park

Indian Cave State Park in far southeast Nebraska is named for a sandstone “cave,” or geologic formation, holding prehistoric Native American petroglyphs. The park, on the wide and winding Missouri River, contains a hardwood forest that bursts into spectacular color in the fall. There are dozens of miles of scenic trails with Adirondack shelters, especially along the river. The park holds the 19th century town of St. Deroin, abandoned in 1920, which has been partially reconstructed for visitors. A memorable place for scattering your loved one’s ashes.

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Scotts Bluff National Monument

Scotts Bluff National Monument, located in the city of Gering, in western Nebraska, towers above the North Platte River, and is rich with geological, paleontological and human history – it has served as a landmark for Native Americans and “gateway to the West” for emigrants on the Oregon, California and Mormon trails. Although the surrounding area has been transformed into farms and ranches, the main features of the historic landscape are still preserved.

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Additional Notes on Scattering Cremated Remains in Nebraska

In Nebraska, there are no state laws controlling where you can keep or scatter ashes. Ashes may be stored in a crypt, niche, grave, or container at home. Cremation renders ashes harmless, so there is no public health risk involved in scattering ashes. Use common sense and refrain from scattering ashes in places where they would be obvious to others.

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Nebraska Cremation FAQs

What happens when you can't afford funeral services in Nebraska?

Although state funeral and burial assistance is in decline, there are available resources. To qualify for the Nebraska 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?

Nebraska cremation rate is 41-50%, according to 2018 CANA Annual Report.

What veterans’ benefits are available in Nebraska?

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 Nebraska?

There are 216 funeral homes in 161 cities of Nebraska.

Nebraska State Facts

State Nickname: Changed in 1945 from the Tree Planter's State to the Cornhusker State.

State Motto: Equality Before the Law

State Population: 1,929,000

State Bird: Western Meadowlark

State Flower: Goldenrod

State Tree: Eastern Cottonwood

State Animal: White-tailed deer

Bonus Fact 1: The largest mammoth fossil on display anywhere in the world, discovered in Lincoln County in 1922, is at the University of Nebraska State Museum.

Bonus Fact 2: Arbor Day began in Nebraska in 1872, thanks to pioneer Julius Sterling Morton, and more than 1 million trees were planted in the state that year.

Bonus Fact 3: Nebraskan Clifton Hillegass, a manager at Nebraska Book Company in 1958, invented CliffsNotes.

Bonus Fact 4: Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show began in 1872 in North Platte, Nebraska. His home still stands and is open to visitors.

Bonus Fact 5: Nebraska has the only unicameral, or single-house, legislature in the US, and there are no party affiliations listed on voting ballots.

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

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