People in Temse can have their ashes scattered in the river

In future residents of the East Flemish municipality of Temse will be able to choose to have their ashes scattered at the spot where the River Durme joins the River Schelde. The municipal authorities chose the spot because of its symbolic value.

Before their deaths many people express a preference for a particular spot where there would like their ashes scattered. Now people in Temse will be able to scatter the ashes of their deceased love one at the spot where the River Durme joins the River Schelde. No licence is required. However, a bio-degradable urn must be used.  

The Temse Alderman Hugo Maes (Christian democrat) told VRT Radio 2 East Flanders that the mouth of the River Durme is a symbolic place to scatter your loved one’s ashes as from here the ashes will pass through all the villages that make up the municipality of Temse: Temse, Steendorp, Tielrode and Elversele.

A monument and musing place has also been built at the place from which the ashes can be scattered on the water.