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Water scattering

A dignified way to say goodbye.

At Irish Urn[2] s, we wanted to create a sustainable business where we can do our part in the environmental emergency – The Sea Scattering urn which is a fully biodegradable urn. The Water Scattering Urn is designed to allow families to scatter the ashes of a loved one in a water burial in the ocean, river, lake, or beach with dignity and ease. The Water Urn comes packaged in a beautiful bamboo case, which serves to protect the water urn while it is stored and/or transported.

Once the Water Urn is placed in the water, it will float upright with the top portion easily visible above the water. The proprietary urn is designed to float like an upright buoy for up to a few minutes (time depends on the weight and water conditions) after which the bottom portion submerged in water will begin to dissolve and release the cremated remains, freeing them to spread underwater.  The remaining top portion may continue to be visible for a short time before sinking and dissolving out of sight.

The Water Urn [4] is completely unique and has some strong advantages compared with other biodegradable urns for water burials, other biodegradable urns used in burial at sea, and other options for scattering remains in the water. it is shaped like a buoy and floats upright and is made from a special biodegradable material. The shape, design, and special biodegradable and all-natural composition, made from plant-derived materials, is completely unique and important for performance. These factors enable the Water burial urn to float in a controlled manner and be visible to the family for a short period before breaking down and completely releasing and freeing the ashes in the water.

As a result, families can expect a smooth ceremony and predictable performance. The shape and special material are the keys as the weight distribution allows the urn to float for one to two minutes after which the bottom will fall out releasing and completely freeing the cremated remains. Shortly thereafter, the top will break apart and sink.  This gives families control and comfort knowing the ceremony will be beautiful and dignified.

The other products available for water burials are shaped so that the weight of the cremated remains is distributed and spread out across a large surface area and as a result, the urn takes a longer time period to break down which can make it a challenge for the family to know what to expect.  It is not ideal to not know how long the urn will float and this can result in uncomfortable and awkward situations.

Some other options like the sand urn and the salt urn will quickly sink and take a long time to biodegrade and release the cremated remains. Another feature of the Water Urn is that families can write special notes to their loved ones on the urn with a regular marker. This is something that has become very popular with families. The water urn also comes in a beautiful bamboo urn case which makes it easy, convenient, and safe to transport the Water Urn to the water burial site.

One company, Carlingford Lough Sea Tours help families scatter ashes in the most beautiful of settings – Carlingford Lough, and you can arrange boat hire for a group or a family to attend the Sea Scattering ceremony. You can contact Paddy or Marie by email – info@carlingfordseatours.com


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