Description:
The purpose of this survey is to seek your views on inland ash scattering (IAS) as an additional after-death services option as well as on other related aspects such as design criteria, user needs and experience etc
Ministry:
National Environment Agency
E-Poll Period:
13 Nov 2017 - 13 Dec 2017
Status:
Closed

INTRODUCTION

On 3 October 2017, the National Environment Agency (NEA) announced that it is studying the provision of inland ash scattering (IAS) services as an additional option for the placement of cremated human remains in Singapore. This is in response to interest expressed by some members of the public for other ways of handling cremated remains to be allowed here, in line with similar practices that are accepted and implemented in other countries such as Korea, Taiwan, China, the United States and Australia.

Currently, funerary service companies in Singapore are already offering some options, such as the scattering of cremated remains at sea, or turning of ashes into commemorative diamonds, as alternatives to the keeping of cremated remains in columbaria or at home.

NEA is planning to introduce inland ash scattering services at Government-run facilities. The purpose of this survey is to seek your views on inland ash scattering (IAS) as an additional after-death services option as well as on other related aspects such as design criteria, user needs and experience etc. Such views will assist NEA in our study on the provision of IAS at Government-run facilities in Singapore. 

The entire survey will take between 5-10 minutes to complete. 

We appreciate your participation in this survey.

Thank you.


GENERAL PROCESS OF INLAND ASH SCATTERING

The diagram below illustrates the general process of inland ash scattering.

Process of Inland Scattering

The above is meant for illustration purposes and will not be an exact replica of the facility.

The diagrams below illustrate possible designs of ash scattering canister

Possible design of Ash Scattering Canister

ILLUSTRATION OF STEPS

Step 1: After cremation, the cremated remains will be made more fine to facilitate scattering, as powdered ashes.
Step 2 : The powdered ashes will be contained in an ash scattering canister and transported to the ash scattering facility.
Step 3: Upon arrival, the Next-of-kin (NOK)/ Funeral Director (FD) will walk towards the ash scattering zone and conduct scattering of ashes within the designated zone which will be away from pedestrian thoroughfare. 
Step 4: The ash scattering surface, which will be covered with pebbles and creepers, will be watered periodically and over time, ashes will flow and percolate into the soil underneath through the gravel bed.