The very important decision an individual makes is where and how to be buried after we die. You can make the required decisions before you pass or a loved one will need to make the decisions after you pass.
Here in the coastal community of San Diego the ocean is part of our landscape and lives and is also a frequently requested participant in our funerals or deaths. For this reason burial at sea (full body or spreading of cremated ashes) is an option we specialize in.
Traditional cemetery burials are still commonly requested but have become less common over the last decade. Part of this reason is due to space constraints in our cemeteries around the nation (and world) and cremation is considerably lower in cost than other traditional burial methods.
In California cremation rates are the highest in the nation and it is predicted that as much as 60% of the entire US will opt for cremation of their loved ones over the next 10-12 years.
There are many logistical details, and legal issues that must be processed for a burial at sea, and we along with the San Diego Funeral Home – Funerals Your Way is qualified, knowledgeable, and efficient in the requirements to facilitate a burial at sea request.
There are so many decisions to be made at the time of a loved one’s passing. From dotting “i”s and crossing “t”s the processes and paperwork while necessary can at times seem just too much. We have years of experience navigating through this and is there to assist you, guide you, support and advise in any way possible, we are there for you during this difficult time.
Spreading cremated ashes in the ocean or a full body burial at sea must follow both California state as well as EPA guidelines. Flowers and wreaths made with biodegradable (decomposable) materials may legally accompany the deceased according to regulations. It is recommended that you use someone expereinced with both regulations and US Coast Guard vessel operation.
Basic Information about the Cremation Process
Cremation is a process of incinerating human remains to ashes or “cremains”. The crematorium furnace reaches temperatures of 1500 degrees Fahrenheit and the process usually takes between 2-4 hours. The fine powder and bone fragments once cooled are freed from any debris and weigh around 5 pounds. The crematorium further pulverizes these fragments into a consistent fine powder and releases them to the loved one in a cardboard or plastic container as a “temporary vessel”.