What Are Some Prayers to Use When Scattering Ashes?

Prayers for scattering ashes often feature the scripture verse “… neither death nor life … nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God …” from the Bible. Prayers for ash scattering commonly include readings such as scripture, poems, or personalized words.

A popular reading from the Book of Common Prayer is “We therefore commit his body to the ground; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection.” Some prayers used in ash scattering ceremonies reflect the setting of the burial. One poem for sea scatterings is “Alone I will not be, my comfort will come from the sea…” by Next Gen Memories.