What to Say When Scattering Your Loved One’s Ashes
There are no rules regarding what to say when scattering someone’s ashes. What matters is that the moment feels meaningful to you and honoring to your loved one who passed. Many people want to say something while scattering their loved one’s ashes. With some preparation and a little research, you’re sure to figure out what to say when scattering ashes. To help you, we’ll discuss tips for choosing the right words for scattering and some examples of prayers, poems, and quotes that could be useful.
Tips For Finding the Right Words When Scattering Ashes
You have many options for things to say, whether it’s your loved one’s favorite poem, song lyrics, or words by one of their favorite authors. Here are a few tips to help you decide.
Prayers for Scattering Ashes
Here are a couple of prayers for those wondering what to say when scattering someone’s ashes, including a blessing.
Your life becomes strange
The ground beneath you gets fragile
Your thoughts make your eyes unsure
And some dead echo drags your voice down
Where words have no confidence
Your heart has grown heavy with loss
And though this loss has wounded others too
No one knows what has been taken from you
When the silence of absence deepens
For all that was left unsaid or undone
Again inside the fullness of life
Until the moment breaks
And you are thrown back
Onto the black tide of loss
You are able to function well
Until in the middle of work or encounter
Suddenly with no warning
You are ambushed by grief
All you can depend on now is that
Sorrow will remain faithful to itself
More than you, it knows its way
And will find the right time
To pull and pull the rope of grief
Until that coiled hill of tears
Has reduced to its last drop
With the invisible form of your departed
And, when the work of grief is done,
The wound of loss will heal
And you will have learned
To wean your eyes
From that gap in the air
And be able to enter the hearth
In your soul where your loved one
Has awaited your return
All the time.
God our Father, Your power brings us to birth, Your providence guides our lives, and by Your command, we return to dust. Lord, those who die still live in your presence; their lives change but do not end. I pray in hope for my family, relatives, and friends and for all the dead known to You alone. In the company of Christ, Who died and now lives, may they rejoice in Your kingdom where all our tears are wiped away. Unite us together again in one family to sing Your Praises forever and ever.
Poems for Scattering Ashes
I do not feel sad for myself.
I lived the life I wanted to,
Had the best of friends,
Loved the people I wanted to,
And I still do.
Now the next adventure awaits
In uncharted territory,
And I'm excited for it to begin.
And gently lift you from this earth.
May they fly you swiftly to Heaven,
And place you in the loving arms of our Lord.
Quotes for Scattering Ashes1. To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. –Thomas Campbell
2. ‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. –Alfred Tennyson
3. Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die. –Amelia Burr
4. Loss only feels this painful when someone has left their mark on your heart. (Insert the name of the deceased) will stay in my heart forever.
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