Green Burial

Green Burial, including scattering of cremated ashes at sea and scattering of ashes at gardens of remembrance, have gained a lot of popularity over the past decade and is very likely that they will be remain the most important burial methodologies in Hong Kong for many years to come. Despite their popularity, scattering ashes of the loved one’s ashes with their own hands still make family members feeling

ambivalent.

After 2012, Sage was once again commissioned by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to offer free service of scattering of cremated ashes in Hong Kong waters to Hong Kong residents in 2017. Years of promoting green burial has made us come to realize that many bereaved families encounter immense inner emptiness after scattering the ashes of their loved ones. Sharing the feelings of these family members, we have consistently raised our efforts in perfecting the technique in the manufacturing of cremation ashes gemstones, allowing family members to retain their loved ones permanently.

The utilization of scattering of cremated ashes at sea has increased over the years. We have therefore specially introduced the “Heart of the Ocean” blue-color element to our Memento gemstones, where we come up with our signature Ocean Sapphire Round Cut Kollection and the Ocean Sapphire Diamond Cut Kollection. The blue color represents the ocean and the gemstone represents the everlasting love for the loved one.

Scattering of Cremated Ashes at Sea (Sea Scattering)

  • Currently, the HKSAR Government is offering 2 types of ash scattering services at no charge. These services include scattering ashes at Gardens of Remembrance of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) and ferry services for scattering ashes at sea.

  • To apply for sea scattering, fill in the application form and submit it to the FEHD. Upon approval, the FEHD will assign a date for the sea scattering service.

Procedures for the application of scattering of cremated ashes in Hong Kong waters

  1. The completed application form should be submitted at least 10 days before the proposed date for the scattering of cremated human ashes to any one of the following offices of the Cemeteries and Crematoria Section, FEHD.

  2. Approval will be granted by FEHD normally within 5 working days from the date of receipt of a duly completed application. FEHD does not charge any fee for processing of the application.

  3. The original of the "Permit to take away cremated ashes" shall be returned to FEHD before formal approval is granted.

  4. If after approval, the approved person needs to change the date and/or time of the scattering of cremated human ashes due to special circumstances, he/she should inform FEHD at once by phone, fax or email according to the above contact information for re-processing the granting of approval.

  5. The Designated Areas for the scattering of cremated human ashes at sea are as follows:

    • East of Tap Mun

    • East of Tung Lung Chau

    • South of West Lamma Channel

  6. For the details, please refer to FEHD’s website.

Step 1

Applicant assemble at the designated time and designated ferry terminal to begin registration.

Process of Sea Scattering

 Step 2 & 3 

  • Funeral director from Sage will be on board to give a brief introduction of the rituals and procedures of scattering ashes into the water after the ferry departs the terminal.

  • Before the rituals and procedures begin, the ashes will be placed inside an eco bag that is specially made for the purpose of scattering ashes into the water. The bag is made of materials that dissolves within 3 - 4 minutes after immersed in the water.

Step 4

Funeral director will lead family members to the lower deck of the ferry to proceed with the memorial services after the ferry arrives at the Designated Area. Family members may proceed with their chosen memorial services as there will be facilities to accommodate different religious rituals.

 Step 5 & 6 

  • Family members to place the eco bag that contains the ashes on to the ash chute. The eco bag travels along the ash chute and slowly slide into the water.

  • Finally, family members may scatter petals in the water to send their final words of blessings to their loved ones.

Scattering at Gardens of Remembrance

Aside from ferry services for scattering ashes at sea, family members may also choose to scatter the ashes of their loved ones at the gardens of remembrance under the FEHD at no charge. Family members may also mount ashes gemstone monuments on the memorial wall in remembrance of the deceased, at an assigned fee by the FEHD. Family members may choose to retain part of the ashes and turn such portion of ashes into gemstones, and scatter the rest at the gardens. This allows your loved one to always live inside your hearts.

  • One may choose to return to nature by having his/her cremated ashes scattered in the Garden of Remembrance.

  • 11 Gardens of Remembrance of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) are located at the following 8 public columbaria:

    • Cape CollinsonNo.1 (Old) and No.2 (New)

    • Kwai ChungNo.1 (Old) and No.2 (New)

    • Diamond HillNo.1 (Old) and No.2 (New)

    • Cheung Chau

    • Wo Hop ShekPhase III and Phase V

    • Peng Chau

    • Fu Shan

    • Lamma Island

  • Members of the public can perform memorial rituals and scatter the cremated ashes of their loved ones at the Gardens of Remembrance themselves or with the help of dedicated staff of FEHD. This service is free of charge. They can also mount commemorative plaques at the Gardens of Remembrance in fond memory of the deceased after paying the required administration fee.

Application of Garden Burial

  1. Applicants should submit in person the completed application form and the original copy of "To Take Away Cremated Ashes", at least 10 days prior to the proposed date for scattering the cremated ashes, to the Cemeteries and Crematoria office of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) in Hung Hom or Happy Valley. * For application of scattering of cremated ashes at the Gardens of Remembrance on outlying islands, the original and a copy of letter from the relevant islands rural committee and a statutory declaration made by the legal representative or next of kin of the decreased person are required to certify the eligibility of the deceased.

  2. Upon approval by FEHD, the applicant may arrange to scatter the cremated ashes of the deceased in the Garden of Remembrance free of charge.

  3. The applicant may also mount a commemorative plaque for the eligible deceased on the dedicated wall of that Garden of Remembrance where the cremated ashes of the deceased are scattered to commemorate the decreased after paying the required administration fee (HK$90). FEHD allows applicant to display photo of the deceased on the commemorative plaque.

  4. For the details, please refer to FEHD’s website.

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