One possibility is to request that cremated remains be returned to the nearest of kin, so that a decision about their disposition can be made later. Cremated remains can be buried in a cemetery plot or placed in a mausoleum or columbarium. If the cemetery is far from the place of death, the cremation provider can send the remains registered mail. Some churches have a columbarium or memorial garden where cremated remains can be placed; this is usually limited to church members and their families. Family members can also bury cremated remains on their own private property, depending on local ordinances.
Scattering of cremated remains is an increasingly popular choice. The scattering can be done by the cremation provider, by the family or by clergy, either privately or a part of a ceremony. Cremated remains can be scattered on uninhabited public land or public waterway, if ordinances permit. It can also be done on private property, with the written permission of the property owner. Careful thought should be given to the matter before choosing scattering in a location which will be frequented by family members; depending on their personal philosophies, they may be either comforted or distressed by knowing that this has been done.