Rituals and symbolism are vital in life, especially for milestone events and during times of transition. A funeral service is a vitally important event, not just for family and loved ones, but also for friends and members of the wider community. And while a funeral service is a formal acknowledgement that someone has dies, it is also a celebration of their life.
Internment and Scattering of Ashes
Placing ashes in a permanent location gives families a place to return to, reflect and remember their loved one, while the scattering of ashes generally has significance to the deceased, often reflecting a special place or activity. In either situation an independent celebrant can help create an appropriate ceremony for the occasion.
(The above extract is taken directly from the Celebrants Association of New Zealand website)