Co-op Funeralcare has become the first national funeral provider in the United Kingdom to offer bereaved families the option of using a drone to scatter their loved one’s ashes. Co-op’s new service will enable customers across the country to scatter ashes in special and memorable locations over both land and water.

Cremation ash scattering services by drone have become popular in the UK recently, but rapidly. The service typically costs upward of $700, with the service provider obtaining any required approvals from the authorities.

Co-op, which has 800 funeral homes across the UK, caught on to the idea when its research showed that 80% of families are now opting for cremation rather than burial, and 35% of people who chose cremation for their loved one are opting to scatter ashes in a location of significance.

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