Answering Questions On Scattering Tubes

By: Alterna Cremation
Wednesday, May 29, 2024

At Alterna Cremation, we are dedicated to providing simple, affordable direct cremation services with no hidden costs or add-ons.  We believe in building trusted relationships with the families in our care and are wholeheartedly committed to transparency in every aspect of our work.  


You can trust that you will receive clear, honest information in response to any questions you may have about cremation or other processes related to the passing of a loved one.  As inquiries arise, we do our best to publish answers so that others may also benefit from easy access to our responses.  


Recently, we’ve received several requests for information surrounding scattering tubes.  Below, you will find straightforward answers to some commonly asked questions about this topic:  

What Is a Scattering Tube?

A scattering tube, also sometimes referred to as a scattering urn, is a simple tube or box with a removable lid that is used to hold human remains after cremation.  Scattering tubes are usually made of paper or another biodegradable fibre material and may be decorated with graphic designs or images on the exterior.  When it comes time to scatter the ashes, the lid is removed to expose a perforated hole that makes for easy and dignified scattering. 

What Is the Difference Between a Scattering Tube and an Urn?

Generally speaking, scattering urns are designed to hold cremated remains only until scattering and facilitate a simple scattering process, while more traditional cremation urns are meant to permanently hold and display cremated remains.  That being said, it is certainly possible to keep remains in a scattering urn over the long term.  Selecting the right urn is a highly personal decision and at Alterna, we are here to support you and accommodate your requests.  If you are in search of urns for ashes in Winnipeg, we have some beautiful options available.  

Can I Scatter Ashes Without a Scattering Tube?

Yes, you can scatter ashes without a scattering tube.  If you don’t provide an urn or scattering tube to Alterna, we will return your loved one’s remains to you in a simple cardboard container housed in a black velvet bag.  You can scatter directly from this container if that is your preference.  

Can Alterna Fill a Scattering Tube for Me?

Yes.  If you provide us with a scattering tube, we will return it to you filled with your loved one’s remains.  

What if We Plan To Scatter at Multiple Locations or Split the Ashes?  

If you plan to scatter at multiple locations, simply replace the lid on the scattering urn before moving from one site to another.  Many families choose to divide or split ashes, in which case a mini scattering urn can be purchased to house a portion of a loved one’s remains.  

Where Can I Purchase a Scattering Tube?

Scattering tubes are widely available in a variety of retail settings, including on the internet.  They can also be purchased directly from Alterna Cremation.  


Still have further questions about scattering tubes?  View Ashley’s scattering tube video here.  


Our compassionate, knowledgeable, and dedicated team is available to assist you at-need.  Contact us any time to receive the support and information you require and we’ll be by your side every step of the way.  


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