A Humanist funeral or memorial ceremony is truly a ‘celebration’ of the life of a unique individual.
Family and friends design and define the ceremony to reflect the character and personality of the loved one. The process of developing a Celebration of Life provides an opportunity for those creating the text and shaping the celebration to reflect on their relationship with the person who has died. Create the ceremony that celebrates and remembers the emotions and experiences you shared with your loved one. There are tears and laughter, joy and pain.
Since the service is non-denominational there are no formal expectations, it can take place anywhere and it can take the shape and form that befits the life being celebrated.
The scattering of cremated remains in Ontario is done according to Provincial law which states that you may,
scatter cremated remains on private property with the consent of the land owner (if a land owner wants to allow repeated scatterings to take place on a specific piece of his or her property, he or she must establish that land as a cemetery and have a licensed cemetery operator for the cemetery)
scatter cremated remains on Crown land, including land covered by water, if its unoccupied (e.g., provincial park, conservation reserve, Great Lakes) and there are no signs or postings that prohibit scattering
scatter cremated remains on municipally-owned lands (contact the municipality to check if there are by-laws that prohibit scattering in certain areas such as municipal parks)
buy rights to bury or scatter remains in a registered cemetery
Please visit the Province of Ontario website for further information
Please consider the environmentally conscious option of a natural burial.