Most of our urns for water burials are designed to float for a short period of time, before sinking slowly to the bottom of the sea, where they will gradually dissolve and become one with the water over a short period of time.
How Long Will it Take to Dissolve?
This varies on the design, most of our water urns will dissolve completely, once submerged, within a few hours. Our Salt Urns take considerably longer, but the natural breakdown of the urn will occur under the water.
What are the Laws on Water Burials?
The laws for UK water burials are fairly relaxed when compared to that of other countries.
If you are looking to scatter ashes in a river, Scattering ashes on water - laws, you are free to do so, with the exception that you do not place any additional items into the water with the ashes (eg metals, plastics etc)
If you are planning on scattering at sea, again you do not need any special license or permission. The 2 main options for sea burial are from a boat or at the water's edge.
A boat ceremony may be the best option for you if you want a private send-off or if you want to find a more secluded area. If you are looking to hire a boat, please get in touch and we can point you in the right direction, depending on where you live.
If you are looking to scatter the ashes of your loved one at the water's edge, there are a few things to plan ahead as to make sure your ceremony goes to plan. First, make sure you check the tide times, it is best to scatter ashes, or use a water urn, on a low tide to prevent any ashes remaining on the beach.
It is advisable to choose a quieter location, away from crowds of people or at a quiet time of the day.
Please read our detailed guide on scattering ashes at sea for the full laws and regulations of scattering your loved one's ashes.
Can I Take the Ashes Overseas?
If you are looking to take the ashes overseas, please read our section on overseas travel with ashes.
How Long Will the Urns Last Out of Water?
Most of our water urns are built to last long term out of the water and so are suitable for storing ashes until the times come when you want to scatter them. Just be aware that if the container does get wet, it will begin to biodegrade. Please see individual products for full information.
Can I Place Other Items in the Urn?
As mentioned above, the environmental agency states that anything that is non-biodegradable cannot be cast out into the water.