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1. Posted by cozyjack (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

My 1st time here too!
Born in Cambridge...came to the states at 5 yrs old....Now 53..
Ha..I still remember some things but time has made it hazy..
Staying for 8 days and want to make the best of it...My primary objective is to take my mother ( who has been cremated) to a lovely meadow of flowers or fall foilage in the country for her resting place..( her wishes)
Any thoughts on the perfect place?

2. Posted by flynn (Inactive 140 posts) 9y

Hi cozyjack!

I can't help with the choice of a perfect resting place, but just a thought...

Do you realize that it's most likely illegal to bring your mother to the UK and definitely to bury her there ?

I'm sorry if I messed up your plans,


3. Posted by KristenS (Budding Member 56 posts) 9y

I found the follow site about taking ashes on the plane. I hope this helps.

Take the container along and chances are you will find just the right place. Somewhere that just comes upon you. I would check with the airline when you are about to purchase the ticket. However I do nt think it is illeagal as mentioned by flynn.


4. Posted by flynn (Inactive 140 posts) 9y

Hi cozyjack!

I checked EU and UK laws / regulations for more info.

- Burials need to be recorded in the UK

- Burial sites, even private ones, are governed by local authorities

But you could of course always just go ahead and disperse your mothers ashes on any meadow without permission.


5. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 9y

There's a big difference between a proper burial and scattering ashes. You don't have to register to scatter ashes as far as I'm aware, you can basically scatter them wherever you like so long as you respect private property.

As for a good place, maybe the Lake District would be suitable. I just hope the weather is kind when you're over here and you get a nice sunny day.

6. Posted by cozyjack (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Thank you for your response, however, I would think others have taken ashes abroad and I just have to wonder if there are issues in doing so. Since it is not a burial and just a scatter I would think that Blank Frack would be correct in respecting one's private property before doing so.
I will continue to research..

7. Posted by cozyjack (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

What great information....It's a start and I shall inquire further with the airlines. I actually had just planned not to do a carry on, however, you hear about lost luggage nightmares.
Thank you for passing on the websites..:)

8. Posted by KristenS (Budding Member 56 posts) 9y

I called several airlines that go from US to UK and theyall said that youcould take human ashes on the plane, in ones carry on is the most common. They said to place it in plastic container that is sealed well. This is something airlines see quite a bit of in the course of moving people about.

They did not indicate anything was illeagl as was mentioned from flynn.


9. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 9y

I'll start by saying I'm very sorry for your loss, its an unbelievably tough thing to go through.
have you thought about somewhere near Cambridge? There are loads of nice places, otherwise I agree the Lakes is fantastic and has many places as you describe!
I live in Cambridge so if you need any help or advice with places if you're coming I'd be happy to help.

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