Can I split the ashes?

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Ivan Fisher

With over 20 years of experience within the funeral industry, Ivan Fisher answers some of the most frequestly asked questions posed to him and the team. If you have a question you would like to ask you can contact us here, send us a tweet @_ivanfisher or call us direct.

The straight forward answer to this is yes, you can certainly split the ashes and of course, we would be happy to help facilitate this if you didn’t want to do it yourself.

You will need to consider what container is used for the split portion of the ashes. We can provide a wide variety of miniature urns, bags and boxes but perhaps you have something more personal in mind? We’ve been known to put ashes into all manner of containers over the years, ranging from jam jars to plant pots!

We will always advise that you think carefully beforehand and talk to other people in your family about doing this. Some people are uneasy about the idea and it would be prudent to have full agreement from all those who would need to be involved in this kind of decision in advance.

If your intention is to inter the ashes into a Church of England churchyard, although it isn’t prohibited by the church, it is generally encouraged that someone’s ashes are not split in advance and are in interred into the churchyard as one. We have found clergy to be open to discussion about this matter. A quick call to your local vicar should clarify their position on this.


As funeral directors, we are regulary asked lots of questions about our profession. We are very happy to answer any questions you might have and no matter how strange they may seem, it’s very likely that we’ve been asked it before! Fill in the form below with your question and one of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

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