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Places to Scatter Ashes in Connecticut

Mattabesett Trail

Mattabesett Trail

The Mattabesett Trail, part of the New England National Scenic Trail, traverses 50 miles through the Connecticut River valley, and features views of the river, with beautiful wildflowers, brooks, and hardwood forest.

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Lighthouse Point Park

Lighthouse Point Park

Lighthouse Point Park, in New Haven, covers 82 acres at the eastern point of New Haven Harbor. It borders the Morris Creek Nature Preserve, a 20-acre salt marsh, and is on a major migration route for butterflies, hawks, and many other bird species.

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Silver Sands State Park

Silver Sands State Park

Silver Sands State Park, on Long Island Sound in Milford, consists of 297 acres of beach, dunes, restored salt marsh, open areas and woods, as well as the 14-acre bird sanctuary of Charles Island, where visitors can walk to across a sandbar during low tide. Infamous pirate Captain Kidd is known to have stopped on the island, and legend has it he buried most of his treasure there.

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Kent Falls State Park

Kent Falls State Park

Kent Falls, located in the town of Kent, is a series of waterfalls on a mountain stream that it plunges in a dramatic cascade to a valley, where it enters the Housatonic River. Walk across a covered bridge and along the falls, where you can feel the mist on your face.

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Additional Notes on Scattering Cremated Remains in Connecticut

No state law restricts where you may keep or scatter ashes. When a body is cremated, the cremation permit must state the intended destination of the cremated remains (Connecticut General Statutes § 19a-323). However, no one follows up to be sure the ashes remain in the location named on the permit.

Connecticut Cremation FAQs

What happens when you can't afford funeral services in Connecticut?

Although state funeral and burial assistance is in decline, there are available resources. To qualify for the Connecticut Indigent Burial and Cremation program, the deceased must have no estate from which to pay for a funeral, no family who can afford a service, and be ineligible for assistance from the Social Security or Veterans administration. If these criteria are met, the Public Administrator, or Indigent Burial Officer of the state, pays for a direct cremation of the deceased (the least expensive method). This is why it’s so important to pre-plan.

What is state cremation rate?

Connecticut cremation rate is over 59%, according to 2020 CANA Annual Report.

What veterans’ benefits are available in Connecticut?

The VA benefits provided (at no cost to the family) include a fixed amount toward funeral expenses; a grave site; opening and closing of the grave; perpetual grave site care; a government headstone or marker; a United States burial flag that can be draped over the casket or accompany the urn (and is given to the next of kin after the service); and an engraved presidential memorial certificate signed by the current President, expressing the country’s grateful recognition of the veteran’s service.

How many funeral homes are there in Connecticut?

There are 293 funeral homes in 112 cities of Connecticut.

Connecticut State Facts

State nickname: The Constitution State, The Nutmeg State

State motto: Qui Transtulit Sustinet (He Who Transplanted Still Sustains)

Population: 3,590,886

State bird: American Robin

State tree: Charter oak

State flower: Mountain Laurel

State animal: Sperm whale

Bonus fact 1: Connecticut adopted the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut in 1639, considered by many to be the US’ first written constitution.

Bonus fact 2: Connecticut’s Scoville Memorial Library is the oldest public library in the US, with a collection that began in 1771.

Bonus fact 3: First started in 1764, Connecticut’s Hartford Courant is the country’s oldest continuously published newspaper.

Bonus fact 4: The hamburger was invented in New Haven, Connecticut, at a small restaurant called Louis’ Lunch, which is still in business today.

Bonus fact 5: The famous Revolutionary War traitor, Benedict Arnold, was born in the town of Norwich, Connecticut, in 1741.

*State population based on estimates provided by the 2014 U.S. Census.
*Cremation rate provided by the most recent study by CANA in 2020.