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Places to Scatter Ashes in Virginia

Shenandoah National Park

Just 75 miles from Washington, D.C. in the Appalachians, Shenandoah has more than 200,000 acres of waterfalls, fields of wildflowers, panoramic overlooks, and quiet, wooded hollows. Trails are easily accessible, and the fall foliage is spectacular.

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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Chincoteague Refuge has over 14,000 acres of beach, dunes, marsh, and maritime forest. It is a habitat for migratory birds, including snow geese, wading birds, shorebirds, and song birds as well as other species of wildlife and plants. It is also home to the famed ponies of Assateague/Chincoteague.

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Grayson Highlands State Park

Close to the southern border of Virginia and directly off the Appalachian Trail, Grayson is next to Virginia’s two highest peaks, Mount Rogers and Whitetop Mountain. It’s family-friendly, with many scenic views of alpine-like peaks and trails leading to overlooks and waterfalls.

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False Cape State Park

False Cape is a unique spot, one of the few pristine, still-undeveloped areas along the Atlantic coast, yet close to Virginia Beach. It has a huge migratory bird population and a variety of wildlife, plants and trees. It is accessible only by foot, bicycle, beach transporter, tram or boat; tram transportation is available April through October.

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Additional Notes on Scattering Cremated Remains in Virginia

In Virginia, there are no state laws controlling where you may keep or scatter ashes. Ashes may be stored in a crypt, niche, grave, or container at home. If you wish to scatter ashes, you have many options. 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.

Virginia Cremation FAQs

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

The state of Virginia offers assistance with burial costs for those who are enrolled in its Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Application is made through the county of residence with payment made directly to the funeral home. Benefits vary by county. For more information or to apply, contact the Virginia Department of Social Services at (804) 726-7000 or check listing of contacts at the county level.

What is state cremation rate?

Virginia cremation rate is 41-50%, according to 2020 CANA Annual Report.

What veterans’ benefits are available in Virginia?

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 Virginia?

There are 480 funeral homes in 217 cities of Virginia.

 

 

Virginia State Facts

State nickname: The Old Dominion; Mother of Presidents

State motto: "Sic semper tyrannis" (Thus always to tyrants).

Population: 8,693,149

State bird: Cardinal

State tree: American dogwood

State flower: American dogwood (blossom of the tree)

Bonus fact 1: Virginia is named after Queen Elizabeth I of England, who was known as “The Virgin Queen”

Bonus fact 2: The state is the birthplace of 8 US presidents, more than any other state: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.

*State population based on estimates provided by the 2014 U.S. Census.
*Cremation rate provided by the most recent study by CANA in 2020.