A funeral company is offering a new experience for families to celebrate their dearly departed by scattering people's ashes over land and sea by using a drone.

Co-op Funeralcare say that they are the first firm to offer the new drone service with the machinery possessing four-propeller machines that carries a large black box to drop the ashes where the family wish.

The company say that the service will enable families to drop their loved ones' ashes in places that are difficult to access, such as rivers and beauty spots.

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Gill Stewart, MD of Co-op Funeralcare said: "Cremation has continued to grow at pace as a choice for funerals.

"We're always looking at new and innovative ways to help families honour their loved one's not just through the funeral service, but also through uniquely personal commemorative options for their ashes.

"Our colleagues are dedicated to supporting the bereaved families we serve long after the funeral and the sky really is the limit now in terms of the choices that are available."

Former RAF pilot and drone operator, Chris Mace added: "Drones are increasingly being viewed a means of providing essential services in our society.

"With investment in creating drone superhighways being looked at as this technology use grows.

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"The use of drones to provide new options to scatter ashes is an emerging and unique way that this technology can offer a truly memorable service.

"Ensuring that the right permissions are sought is essential and weather conditions must be favourable, but the use of a drone alleviates much of the worry when families want to scatter ashes in otherwise hard to reach locations."

The news of this potentially new way of spreading someone's ashes comes after an old tradition of laying people to rest in every way.

A rockface in the Philippines is used as a gravesite with coffins nailed onto the cliffside in what is a 2,000 year ritual that is believed to protect the dead from tropical storms and floods.

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