- Can I use Living Memorial for scattering ashes?
Living Memorial do not recommend the scattering of human and pet remains as these can be damaging to the area where they are released. They can be especially damaging when scattered in large quantities in areas of natural beauty that might be especially popular sites for people to visit. However, with Living Memorial soil blend, it does provide a solution so that should you choose to scatter you can do so safer in the knowledge you are doing less harm. If you do choose to use Living Memorial soil blend for scattering, you will need to thoroughly mix the cremated remains and the soil and leave to stand for 90-120 days until the harmful sodium and pH levels have been reduced.
- How is RTN soil different from potting soil or regular soil?
RTN soil has been specifically formulated to reduce the high pH of
cremated ashes as well as neutralising the sodium salts. It also
contains specific bacteria that break down the ashes to release the
beneficial nutrients for use by plants.
Most potting composts and soils have a neutral pH and are not able to
alter the pH found in cremated ashes to allow for the release of the
nutrients. They will also not neutralise the sodium by themselves and
cannot break down the ashes effectively.
- Can I still scatter my cremated ashes if I use RTN soil?
We recommend doing a container or in-ground planting when using RTN soil.
If scattering the organic mix combined with the cremated ashes around
a plant works best for you then protect it by adding a layer of organic
material such as straw or topsoil over it. This protects the blended
mixture from erosion by wind, precipitation and watering.
Our research has shown that you can scatter after mixing with RTN
soil but there is a catch – once the cremation ash is blended with RTN
soil it needs to sit for at least a month so the ash can be reduced to
- What types of plants or trees are right for use with RTN soil?
RTN soil can be used with any variety of plantings. If your plant
normally requires a special compost – such as ericaceous compost for
roses and rhododendrons – then you can use this in conjunction with RTN
We provide a recommended selection of plants for you to order directly in our Living Memorial kits.