The preponderant practice in Liberal Judaism is to let families and individuals make up their own minds whether they prefer burial or cremation, without any pressure being applied, and people choose both in roughly equal numbers.
A Jewish funeral for cremation is performed just like a Jewish funeral for burial.
Families can choose to have the ashes scattered, or keep them, and it is also possible to have them buried with a stone – and have a stone-setting ceremony, just as you would for a burial.
There are no prohibitions in Liberal Judaism as to where ashes can be scattered.
Rabbis and congregational leaders will give guidance where it is required, and explain practices at the time, but no-one is compelled to carry out rituals which they do not want to perform.
For a number of Jews, the traditional rituals associated with mourning are a great comfort and support. There is often a familiarity when it comes to taking up the traditions practised by one’s parents and grandparents and these often bring consolation and reassurance.
For Liberal Jews, tradition has its place and importance, but its observances and rituals are not necessarily obligatory. We assume such rituals because they have meaning and purpose for us, because they are comforting and supportive, and ultimately, because they help us to come to terms with our loss.
Please contact Liberal Judaism, or your rabbi, for more details.