Can I include funeral wishes in my Will?
Your Executor has the legal duty to dispose of your body in a way which is compatible with the law. You may express your wishes for the way you want your body to be disposed of i.e. cremation or burial; how you wish the ashes to be disposed of, or provision for a gravestone etc. However, although such wishes are usually observed by the Executor, they are not legally binding upon them.
In the UK there is no specific law against the scattering of ashes, provided you obtain permission from the landowner. However, for those of you who perhaps wish to have their ashes scattered in a specific place, do be aware that some local authorities now charge for scattering ashes in parks. If you want your ashes scattered in a river, do bear in mind the Environment Agency has a policy for this.