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A: We never combine the ashes if we have two Ash Scattering Memorials on the same day unless it is family and they request it. As a matter of fact, we take the time to make each ceremony different by reading a chosen selection or poem and taking a photo (or video if purchased).
A: No. But we can work with your funeral director or crematorium to receive the ashes.
A: Yes. Acord Insurance insures us with $1,000,000 in liability. We are also licensed according to state laws. For instance, in Alaska, I have to be licensed as a Mortician; in Alabama and Hawaii, I have to be a registered business with a license.
A: Honestly, the sky is the limit. We started scattering exclusively in Alaska but our personal service was requested in other areas of the United States. Then we began to get inquiries about international Ash Scattering Memorials. New York City and Hawaii are gaining popularity but the Gulf of Mexico or the Great Smoky Mountains are always great choices. Consider an area that was special to the friend or family member. We do follow all laws and regulations, however, and that prevents us from scattering ashes in some areas. Just reach out to us and ask about a location if it is not listed.
A: Our pets are part of our family so, yes, I do scatter pet's ashes. The regulations often vary from state to state for scattering pet ashes but, for the most part, it is an accepted practice almost anywhere human ashes are scattered. The price is the same for pets as it is for humans.
A: The price for an Ash Scattering service depends on a number of things such as the location to meet the family (or whether the family is mailing the ashes), the location to scatter the ashes, and even the time of the year. For instance, one recent Ash Scattering service was requested for Denali - the mountain - near the peak. I had to charter a plane to land on the glacier as close to the top of the tallest mountain in North America and then snow-shoe my way to a quiet place for the service. Another service was planned for the Alabama Gulf Coast. The costs of these two services ranged from $1,550 to $8,900 based on the difficulty and location.
A: Yes. If you don't already have a TSA-approved urn, I bring one with me and transfer the ashes to a TSA-approved urn. That allows the TSA to scan the urn without disturbing the ashes. I then put the ashes in my carry-on luggage as approved by the airline. I never put the ashes in a checked bag. They stay with me the whole flight and on any other modes of transport to the ash scattering site.
A: The TSA and airline regulations require me to have copies of the death certificate and certificate of cremation. I can mail these back to you, if requested, after the service.
A: Yes and no. On an unaccompanied ceremony, there is no one else there. However, you can upgrade to an accompanied ceremony. Then, after I check the regulations for the scattering site, I can provide the details. I can either meet you at your home airport or the destination airport and we can proceed from there. I can either let you plan your own transportation and accommodations or I can plan your whole trip myself.
A: We currently offer our services in Alaska, Hawaii, New York City, The Great Smoky Mountains, the Gulf of Mexico, and many other amazing places around the world. If you request to have ashes scattered in another area of the United States or abroad, please reach out to us and we will do what we can to accommodate the request.
A: Certainly. It doesn't matter how much time has passed since the cremation. As long as you have the proper paperwork, I will be able to carry out the ash scattering service and you will get a portrait to hang on the wall to remember your loved one.
A: Yes, mailing the ashes offers a more cost-effective means to have your loved one's ashes scattered in many amazing places. The biggest difference is that if you mail the ashes, we do not arrange to meet the family to receive the ashes (the ashes would be mailed via USPS). Also, you can save money by allowing us to choose the date of the Ash Scattering Memorial based on availability. Instead of a framed portrait, you can receive a digital file of the photo and the certificate. You will still be able to choose the location but to keep costs at a minimum, charter services such as helicopters, bush pilots, or boats are not included in the lower price.