Cremated remains, called "cremains," are the sand-like, pulverized, skeletal remains of the cremation process or the powdery bio-cremains of alkaline hydrolysis resomation.
Commonly referred to as ashes, they are inert. They have no properties that can contaminate the environment or be hazardous to the health of handlers.
What do you mean by "settle" cremains?
When we release cremains from a container and cast them into the air or water or spread them onto the land, we are settling them into nature. Settled cremains cannot be re-gathered and moved to another location once released from their container.
Is the settling site a sanctuary?
No. We select settling locations for their current beauty and suitability, but there is no assurance that the land will never be developed or used for any other purpose. We do not own or control the land in most instances of settling. We obtain permission or permits to perform this activity at choice locations.
May I influence where my loved one's cremains will be settled?
In order to keep the prices far below what other companies may charge, we must settle cremains in areas readily accessible to our team of officers. Each officer selects settling sites within a comfortable driving distance of his or her home and obtains permissions or permits from the property management.
On the Directives page that you will include when sending cremains, a specific destination may be specified. Requests will be accommodated if possible, meaning if we have a cremains officer based in an area that has the requested terrain. We will update the website each time we add or change a settling site that may be specified.
Currently, if you request "Mountains," we have an officer in the Winchester Mountains of Arizona.
If you request "Shore," we have officers on the Texas Gulf Coast and the shore of Lake Michigan. All officers except Jean, in Arizona, have ready access to inland lake shores.
The more that you tell us about the person whose cremains we are releasing, the better able we will be to select from our range of choices one that will be appropriate. We do not guarantee compliance with requests, for the officer in a particular area may relocate or no longer be active.
Would you settle cremains at a specific location or under certain conditions, if requested?
We will appreciate the opportunity to discuss a specific request with you.
Our low pricing is possible because we determine settling conditions and a site from our selections, each of which is readily accessible, permitted, and safe for our officers. We dedicate up-to one-half hour to settling a person's cremains.
Specific Condition requests will be honored if possible, at Parkland Peace settling sites, and are charged at $75 each. A Specific Condition may include a time, such as dawn, weather, such as during a summer rain shower to try for a rainbow settling, or additional time, in half-hour increments.
Specific Location requests, for settling in a site that is not a Parkland Peace settling site, will be considered. The fee is a combination of a day rate, travel expenses, and permit fees if applicable. Please contact us to discuss the possibility.
May I witness the settling of my loved one's cremains?
You are welcome to come, participate, and photograph or videotape the event at a Parkland Peace settling site, with the understanding that you will leave no item or marking at the scene.
I want to release my loved one's cremated remains, at a place that was special to us, with assistance from a professional. Will a Parkland Peace officer assist me?
Yes. The Specific Location fee is a combination of a day rate, travel expenses, and permit fees if applicable. The officer will photograph or videotape the settling if you would like, at no extra charge, and will perform the settling if you change your mind about doing it yourself. Please contact us for a quote.
Would you release the cremains of two people together?
Yes, it will be our privilege to be of such assistance.
Would you settle the cremains of my household pet?
Yes. We will settle the cremains of household pets, with appreciation for the joy that they have brought to their families. The fee will be $25. If additional services such as visual recordings, witness, or certificate are requested, they are available at regular prices.
If the cremains of a household pet are settled along with the cremains of its owner, the pet fee will be waived.
I want closure, but do not have the cremains of my loved one to send to you. Would you perform a symbolic settling?
Yes, we would perform a Standard Settling Service (surface release) or a Family Estate burial, using sand or dirt that we would gather at the location and then settle at the same location. The fees will be half as if you had mailed cremains to us, and we will ask you to complete and mail us the Directives page from our website.