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Yosemite National Park

Most national parks can be final resting place

Most national parks can be final resting place

Your favorite getaway could be your final resting place. Cremated remains can be scattered in most national parks and other sites overseen by the National Park Service.

My in-laws wanted their ashes scattered in Yosemite National Park, their favorite place for camping and backpacking. After they died, I was prepared to secretly hike in and quietly scatter the ashes. But in researching the issue, I discovered that the Park Service routinely grants permission for scattering of ashes. The same is true of the Bureau of Land Management. Every location has its own rules.

To obtain permission, mail your request to the office that manages the site. You can find it on the website of...