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Places to Scatter Ashes in New Mexico
Located in the northern Chihuahuan Desert, the White Sands Monument is known for its scenic landscape of rare white gypsum sand dunes. There are many trails to choose from, including the Interdune Boardwalk and the Dune Life Nature Trail. Any one of these would make a unique spot to scatter your loved one’s ashes.Photo Credit
New Mexico’s most beautiful cemetery now also includes a scattering garden. The Freedom Way and Floral Crypts are just some of the options to inter your love one’s cremains, or you can scatter them in the scenic rose garden with more than 50 rose bushes. There is also a native travertine to inscribe your loved one’s name, date of birth, and date of death.Photo Credit
Additional Notes on Scattering Cremated Remains in New Mexico
New Mexico 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.
New Mexico Cremation FAQs
What happens if you can't afford funeral services for you or your loved on in the state of New Mexico?
Although state funeral and burial assistance is in decline, there are available resources. To qualify for the New Mexico 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 New Mexico?
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 New Mexico?
There are 73 funeral homes in 38 cities of New Mexico.
What is the average cost of cremation in New Mexico?
According to US Funerals, a cremation and memorial service costs around $3,200 and a direct cremation averages at $750.
New Mexico State Facts
State Nickname: Land of Enchantment
State Motto: It grows as it grows
Population: 2.086 million
State bird: Road Runner
State tree: Pinon Pine
State flower: Yucca
State animal: American Black Bear
Bonus fact 1: Santa Fe is the highest capital city in the United States at 7,000 feet above sea level.
Bonus fact 2: New Mexico is home to Gila National Forest, which is the largest national forest in the county.
Bonus fact 3: ¼ of New Mexico residents work for the government.
Bonus fact 4: New Mexico has more sheep and cattle than people.
Bonus fact 5: The leaves of Yucca, the state flower, can be used to make rope, baskets, and sandals.
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