There’s so much wrong with this story. To start, STOP using the term human ashes!!! It’s a CREMATED BODY!!! Scattering a loved one’s cremated body at an amusement park is just part of a systemic problem that’s not going away. This is just one of the many horrific stories we have heard of people not handling their loved one’s cremated body with the respect and care it deserves. There is a recent news report of a junior high school student mixing her grandfather’s cremated body into cookie batter and baking cookies with her grandfather in them. She proceeded to take the cookies to school, told her friends her “grandpa’s ashes” were in the cookies, and they ate them! There are stories of families attempting to scatter their loved one in a favorite fishing spot, but to the horror of the family, most of the body ended up all over the boat which then had to be vacuumed and was tossed in the garbage. There’s also the growing problem of unclaimed cremated bodies being left just about anywhere you can imagine. There is a severe lack of sanctity in how we as a culture tend to view a cremated body. The growing trend in our culture is to view the cremated body as an inanimate benign substance without value. Some people even think that cremation is a human disposal process. The dead person is a problem and needs to be disposed of – period – end of story. They don’t view a cremated body as actually being their loved one’s body that has been transformed by the cremation processes. We should be viewing each cremated body the same way we would view a body that has been buried.
Each of us have been created by God in His image. Our body is His design and His creation, and there’s an importance intended. Psalm139:13-16 (ESV)13 For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in Your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. Genesis 1:27(ESV)27 So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 1Corinthians 6:19 (ESV) 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own.
Throwing a loved one to the wind is not setting them free. Because we are spirits wrapped in flesh, your loved one was already set free the moment they passed away. Scattering a cremated body is a serious and permanent endeavor; you cannot gather your loved one back up once they are scattered. We cannot expect that other’s will appreciate having your loved one’s cremated body landing on them or being ingested because of how and where they were scattered. These are difficult thoughts; however, it is also the reality of what can happen. Scattering your loved one should be thoroughly thought through and should never impose on other’s to quite literally clean up your decision.