Burial at Sea

Ash Scattering at Sea

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Burial at Sea in San Diego – Ash Scattering

Burial at Sea – Ash Scattering – provides a wonderful healing opportunity. We would be happy to be of assistance and offer you quality burial at sea yachts during your time of need. Being very near the ocean, we are able to offer very competitive prices for small family groups wishing to scatter ashes for Burial at Sea Services in San Diego and surrounding areas.

To further support our families, in addition to our San Diego scattering at sea service, we have established a funeral home San Diego Funerals Your Way (FD: 2188). We are  licensed in California to assist families with complete funeral home services ( cremation, burial etc).

Our families have the convenience of only dealing with one provider.  As well as simple cremation, Funerals Your Way offers the complete range of funeral services including traditional burial as well as cremation services.

We try to make a difficult time easier.

Funerals Your Way offers full funeral services in the San Diego area

Funerals  Your  Way

Increasingly people  choose cremation and burial at sea

Ash scattering is it significantly less expensive, rich in nautical background and preserves land usage. It is a celebration of life – saying goodbye in a peaceful beautiful setting.

Our captains are licensed by the United States Coast Guard and have much experience. Additionally, we are commercially insured and licensed by the state of California as a “Cremated Remains Disposer“.  We love helping families at this difficult time in their lives.

Ash Scattering – Burial at Sea – Services

In the vast majority of scattering services,  the family is in attendance. We always plan with the family how they wish their trip to proceed. Topics such as did they wish clergy on board, music, flowers, singing, verses read, how do they wish to scatter, catering, bar service and more.  Each trip is completely customized based on the desires of the particular family. Some families want extensive preparations and some do not.

We also perform unattended scattering services where we scatter the cremains in the absence of the family. In these instances, we usually provide a memorial certificate specifing the latitude and longitude as well as date and time of the scatterin. Pictures are usually included as well.

Viewing from shore or waving goodbye are other options which some families wish. In these cases the family decides to not be on the yacht, but does which to be a part of the scattering from a distance.

Flowers on the ocean during an ash scattering at sea

Wreaths, Flowers or Leis For Ash Scattering

Flowers and Wreaths may be added at your discretion with prices varying, depending upon the arrangements desired. Flowers which are going to be placed in the water must  be 100% biodegradable – no plastic or non natural elements.

If you are going to place wreaths in the water make sure that they are not held together with wire. Wreaths do provide a great focal point for viewing as they mark where the cremains were placed in the ocean after the cremains themselves have dissipated.

Leis are also a very nice touch. When a person takes the lei off and places it in the ocean it is said that they are giving love to the deceased.

Wreath of Red Roses for Scattering at Sea - Sea Burial
Wreath of Yellow Roses for Scattering at Sea - Sea Burial
Wreath of Pink Roses for Scattering at Sea - Sea Burial

Bio-Degradable Urns for Burial at Sea

Biodegradable Urns – are another sea burial option the family may wish to use. They are sustain-ably produced in a variety of natural materials, including recycled paper, salt, gelatin and sand. The paper type urns will float briefly and sink gracefully. Prices range from around $100 to $400. Although they were designed for water burial at sea, all of these urns can also be used for earth burial. The biodegradable turtle below is a very popular item with our families.

Bio-Degradable Salt Urn for Burial at Sea
Bio-Degradable Turtle Urn for Burial at Sea
Bio-Degradable Urn - Paper - for Burial at Sea

Military Scattering at Sea

Many times when a veteran has some connection to San Diego, they may selected to be scattered at sea.  This is especially true for veterans from the Navy. In this case, we can also assist you in arrange Military Honors before the actual scattering at sea. We will need  a copy of the deceased’s discharge papers (DD214 or similar) showing an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force or Coast Guard. Those who served in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II are also eligible.

Since the military DOES NOT allow the family to be present on military ships for ash scattering, many military families choose to use our services.

Military Honors, in this case performed by the Navy, before the family boards the yacht for the Burial at Sea.

Ash Scattering – Burial at Sea – Location San Diego

Our ash scattering ceremonies may be performed at any location selected by the family, many take place at locations, off the San Diego Coast, such as Ocean Beach Pier, Crystal Pier or the Cabrillo Monument on Point Loma. California Funeral law states that ash scattering must take place at least 500 yards from shore.

The exact GPS position of the ceremony as well as weather conditions are recorded. This information is then used to complete the Memorial Certificate which will be sent to the family.  We perform burials at sea for all religious traditions and customs.

Burial at Sea – Memorial Services

It is also possible to perform a burial at sea with no remains. This can be done when it is not possible to retrieve remains – in the case of a ship sinking or other disaster where no body is found. A service can be performed as a memorial or flowers placed in the water. Although not strictly a burial at sea, it does provide the family and friends with a form of closure to aid in the grieving process.

Memorial services are also common on the anniversary of the actual scattering. Because we record the exact position of each scattering, we can visit the exact location again.

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