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Places to Scatter Ashes in Washington
When choosing a place to scatter ashes in Washington, consider the mountain that has become an icon throughout Washington: Mount Rainier. The active volcano is surrounded by a variety of environments and wildlife, giving a variety of locations to set your loved one to rest. The appropriate scattering permit can be found online.Photo Credit
With beaches, rainforests, and mountains, you might think you were somewhere in tropical South America if it weren’t for the chill in the air. With so many places to explore, it allows for many interesting and fulfilling return trips in honor of a lost loved one. To learn more about scattering in Olympic Park, download their Special Use Permit and contact the park.Photo Credit
Washington allows the scattering of ashes on public, state-owned, navigable waterways. While this also allows one to scatter ashes in Puget Sound and other lakes and rivers, the Strait of Juan de Fuca offers a more isolated location for scattering. The Strait of Juan de Fuca Scenic Byway offers a beautiful drive along the northwest coast of Washington with many opportunities to venture out onto the water to memorialize a loved one.Photo Credit
Additional Notes on Scattering Cremated Remains in Washington
Washington law allows you to scatter ashes over uninhabited public land, 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.
Places to Hold Memorial Services in Washington
Located just outside of Seattle, this lush lavender farm offers a relaxing backdrop for a quiet memorial service. This is a smaller venue, but it is available throughout the year with indoor and outdoor accommodations. Schedule the memorial services in July to see the lavender in full bloom. For more information about holding an event, contact Woodinville Lavender Farm via phone or email.Photo Credit
This community park and garden is perched high on a rock outcropping with sweeping views of the mountains surrounding it. The park is located in the middle of the state and is open seasonally with wildflower blooms, small pools, and waterfalls from spring to fall. To support the park and memorialize a loved one at the same time, learn more by calling or sending them an email.Photo Credit
In the heart of Spokane there is a Victorian mansion which has been repurposed to host events in the area, including memorial services. An elegant location with a modern feel, the Glover Mansion provides much flexibility in planning, and gives loved ones an easy-to-access place to gather. For more information about their events, visit their website.Photo Credit
Washington Cremation FAQs
What happens if you can’t pay for funeral services in Washington?
There are limited burial reimbursement options for the extremely impoverished, but recently those programs have been severely cut back. Unclaimed remains are first offered to local medical schools with preference to the University of Washington, then they are offered to educational embalming programs in mortuary schools. If the remains are rejected for donation, then the county will either bury or cremate the remains, whichever is more convenient.
How many funeral homes are there in Washington?
There are 192 funeral homes in 118 cities of Washington.
Washington State Facts
Unofficial State Nickname: The Evergreen State
Unofficial State Motto: Alki, which is Chinook for “by and by”
State Population: 7,062,000
State Cremation Rate: 75.2%
State Bird: American Goldfinch
State Flower: Pacific Rhododendron
State Tree: Western Hemlock
State Marine Mammal: Orca
Bonus Fact 1: Washington has the most glaciers of any state in the contiguous US.
Bonus Fact 2: Seattle has the highest percentage of residents in the US holding a college degree.
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