Video: Cremated Remains Placement Ceremony

Aug 18, 2023 | 0 comments

How can you make a ceremony to place cremated remains in an ossuary? Here’s an example for a scattering service, tailored to the life and personality of Gary Mayhew.

The elements of this simple scattering service include:

  • A description of Gary’s commendable virtues.
  • A few words from his good friend Rick Berthold.
  • A reading: You Want a Physicist to Speak at Your Funeral.
  • Satirical music by Tom Lehrer: Poisoning Pigeons in the Park, We Will All Go Together When We Go, and The Vatican Rag.
  • Participation by attendees, invited to take turns pouring Gary’s cremated remains into the ossuary.
Cremated Remains Placement Ceremony

This service took place in the Kiva ossuary at Sunset Memorial Park in Albuquerque, NM on August 9, 2023. Certified Funeral Celebrant Gail Rubin created the event. You can find helpful resources in her book, Hail and Farewell: Cremation Ceremonies, Templates and Tips.

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