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if someone has a will then the executor of the will should decide what happens to the ashes. If there is no will but his wife looked after his effects (even if there wasnt enough to pay for the funeral). When there is no will then the Administration Act says that the surviving spouse is generally the person who winds up the estate and would decide about where the ashes go. But the ashes belong to whoever administers the estate, not who paid for the cremation.