Many wish their final resting place to be where they walked their dogs or enjoyed a game of golf.
But now the sky’s the limit as a company offers bereaved families the chance to watch their loved ones’ ashes being released via drone.
Christopher Mace (56), a retired RAF helicopter pilot, was inspired to start Aerial Ashes after scattering the remains of ex-service personnel at sea during his time in the armed forces.
Mr Mace says he has operated nearly 50 such flights since first introducing the service in the UK last February.
Most “releases” were over coastal areas.
Coastal spots such as views in front of a bank or a beach were among the most popular requests, followed by fields in private forest areas.
Recently, using two drones, he performed a “double scatter” of a mother and father in a farmer’s field, “very close to where the family remembers walking the dogs,” Herr said mace
Mr Mace, who was a search and rescue pilot, said he also released ashes over a river as part of a Hindu funeral ceremony. Families have embraced rivers in Britain as respectful places to release ashes in hopes of reaching India’s sacred river Ganges.
Other locations included a disused airfield where the deceased learned to fly. Relatives have the opportunity to press the release button on the controls of his drone during the flights.
Mr Mace said: “The actual spectacle of the release of the ash itself looks spectacular and that’s something for families to take home.
“It means different things to different people. Some have chosen it because they know their loved one is interested in aviation or has spent time at sea or has an interest in technology.
“Another aspect is that a family is faced with the challenge of scattering the ashes somewhere and it’s almost like they don’t know how to do it.
“I think some of our families have seen that the idea of using a drone is something to hold back on [from] but they can still be a part of it,” he added.
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https://www.independent.ie/business/technology/forget-urns-now-ashes-are-being-scattered-by-drones-at-sea-and-rivers-42123607.html Forget urns, now ashes are scattered on seas and rivers by drones