As a former nature guide in Alaska, founder and President, Stan Reese, has experienced the beauty of nature first-hand. He heard many visitors in Alaska request, as part of their final wishes, to be brought back to a place they love for a distinctive ash scattering service.
The idea of Eternal Alaska, the predecessor for Legacy Ashes, came to Stan in 2018 while hiking in the Alaska Mountain Range. As he gazed contently at Denali, the tallest mountain in North America, he was home. He had found forever peace and happiness in the wildness of Alaska.
As he researched the idea of his own ash scattering service in Alaska, Stan couldn't find a company that specialized in this task and that offered the personal, distinctive service he thought he deserved.
It seemed that these other companies treated ashes like a parcel that could be boxed up and sent through the mail. The thought that his own ashes would be packaged, stamped, and delivered to the post office just didn't seem quite right.
That is when the idea of Eternal Alaska began to grow. Stan knew that there were many more people like him who wanted their ashes respectfully scattered in the world's most beautiful places. He knew that the surviving family members would never want to just roll up the ashes and put a stamp on the box and mail it to someone they have never met.
Love and trust, he thought, are important.
Now, with a few Alaska Ash Scattering memorials carried out, Stan believes more than ever in this vision. Ash Scattering should be a personal and respectful service for the memory of a departed loved one.
That vision is stronger, now than ever before.
Stan grew up in Georgia but has called Alaska, Alabama and Virginia home at different times. He is a father and a grandfather and spends time outdoors in his spare time. In his last year he has landed on a glacier in Alaska for an ash scattering ceremony and hiked 26.3 miles in a single day across the southern Appalachian Mountains to raise money for Make-A-Wish kids.
He is an award-winning photographer and videographer with credits over the last several decades to include Presidential visits, World Series games, picturesque landscapes (and quite a few weddings).
He doesn't always quote poetry but if he does, it's normally Emerson.
You can contact him about Hawaii Ash Scattering through this website. For Alaska Ash Scattering, contact him through www.EternalAlaska.com