Scattering of Ashes at the Danish Lutheran Church of Vancouver, B.C.

During the late stone age, in the 3rd millennium B.C., Danes erected dolmens (stendysser) on top of barrows where they buried their dead. We have made our own small barrow with a dolmen on the front lawn, and we use it as a scattering garden where you may scatter the ashes of your loved ones after cremation.

If you would like to scatter ashes under our dolmen, please contact our pastor or by phone at 604.525.9894. You can scatter ashes at the end of a funeral service or as a separate ceremony. In either case our pastor will assist you. If you wish, we can also scatter ashes for you without your participation.

You may want to consider a plaque at our Memorial Walk.

Our scattering garden is not consecrated ground. Our scattering garden is not a cemetery, so once the ashes have been scattered, they are neither identifiable nor retrievable. As the pit under the dolmen fills up, we will scatter the ashes around the dolmen.

We do not charge a fee for scattering of ashes as part of a funeral or memorial service; donations are always welcome. If the scattering takes place as a separate ceremony, we expect a donation of $100.

The Barrow on the Front Lawn

A Ceremony for Scattering of Ashes

The congregation (that is, the people you have invited to participate in the scattering of ashes) gathers around the barrow on the front lawn.

Reading

The pastor reads a short selection from the Bible.

Scattering

The pastor or another designated person pours the ashes into the pit under the dolmen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Pastor: Let us all pray:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.
Amen

Benediction

Pastor: The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.