We had my mum's ashes buried in a cardboard box for some reason, but when my gran passed away we scattered her ashes in her favourite place, the top of Holcombe Hill in Ramsbottom - it made a lovely day out as the family all trekked up the hill to scatter the ashes on top then trekked back down for a meal in the Shoulder of Mutton pub...
I had my wife's ashes scattered from one of the Mersey ferries, into the river. I expect mine will go the same way, although I did think it would be nice to have them dropped in to the sea by plane. I'm sure we will then join up again in a very diluted form somewhere, maybe Bermuda or the Seychelles? Who knows?
The scattering of ashes is carried out from the ferries on a regular (I think it's monthly) basis by the local Royal Naval Padre and with the co-operation of the Mersey Ferry Company.
My ashes will end up in the sea off Brancaster in Norfolk, where my wife and I have spent some of the happiest times of our life together (at Brancaster, not in the sea).
It's her idea, she says that if I go first she would want to go there and remember. I share fourm member's views about dead bodies - they are not the person who has died, and I have no particular reverence for them.