1. What are the laws in Florida for scattering ashes?

Scattering ashes at sea. The Clean Water Act requires that cremated remains be scattered at least three nautical miles from land. The EPA does not permit scattering at beaches or in wading pools by the sea. Finally, the EPA must be notified within 30 days of scattering ashes at sea.

The Clean Water Act also governs scattering in inland waters such as rivers or lakes. For inland water burial, you may be legally required to obtain a permit from the state agency that manages the waterway.

Scattering ashes by air. While there are no state laws on the matter, federal aviation laws do prohibit dropping any objects that might cause harm to people or property. The U.S. government does not consider cremains to be hazardous material.


2. What are the advantages in aerial scattering vs. scattering from a boat?

We believe that scattering the ashes from the air is a more graceful, dignified, respectful, and honorable way of scattering the deceased's ashes. We use a sealed system whereby the ashes are dispersed into the air and the deceased can fly with the angels. We believe that scattering from a boat is not as personal as aerial scattering and throwing the remains overboard is not as honorable as scattering from the air.


3. Should you consider scattering ashes immediately rather than waiting?

From our experience, it is best to start the healing process as soon as possible. Setting your loved ones free allows everyone to start healing and living their lives as normally as possible and as quick as possible. We find that the longer one waits, the harder it is for family members to be involved in the remembrance of the deceased and it is harder to let go their remains. We believe that setting them free as early as possible is best for all loved ones.


4. What are some of the reasons people wait to scatter ashes?

The deceased did not specify what to do with the ashes. This is a big problem for some because it leaves people feeling guilty that they no longer wish to keep the ashes. This often leaves many ashes sitting in the attic or in the closet for years. We recommend talking to your loved ones to specify what they want to do with their cremated remains.


5.  What is the cost advantage of scattering ashes vs. burial?

Scattering ashes is much less expensive than burying the deceased. Burial costs often range between $10,000 - $20,000+ while our service is a fraction of the cost. We believe we give a cost effective solution that can honor the lives of the deceased.


6. Can someone go with you when scattering the ashes?

 Yes, up to two people can accompany the ashes on the plane.


7. Do you issue a burial certificate and file the legal burial papers?

Yes, we file a legal burial certificate with the latitude and longitude of position of the dispersal.


8. How do I send you the ashes and make payments?

You can contact us by clicking here or clicking "Contact" above. Once you have reached out to us, we will make arrangements to pick up the ashes, collect payment, schedule a time for the flight, and solidify final details if you are local. 

If you are not local and still wish to have the ashes scattered, please contact us and we will make arrangements to best suit your needs.


9. What payments methods do you accept?

We accept cash or checks payable to Jay R Smith Aviation.