Burial at Sea in San Diego – Ash Scattering
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.
Families selecting cremation & sea burial
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.
Burial at Sea – Ash Scattering – Services
There are basically 3 types of burial at sea service – ash scattering – which we normally perform. Each has it’s advantages and the type of even each family will select depend on the wishes of the group. In the vast majority of scattering services, the family is in attendance.
Regardless of the type of burial at sea selected, we always create a sea burial Memorial Certificate for family which specified the data, time, location of the scattering and a picture of the deceased (should the family provide one). Pictures are always taken which are provided to the family as a rememberfance of the scattering event.
Attended Sea Burial
In the vast majority of scattering services, probably 90% , the family is in attendance on the yacht for the burial at sea service. This type of service provides the most healing and closure opportunities.
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.
On Shore Sea Burial
Sometimes for various reason the family does not wish to be on the yacht for the actual scattering. In this case there are two options;
Wave Goodbye – where the yacht pulls close to the shore on the way out to perform the burial at sea. it is a last opportunity for the family to wave goodbye.
View from Shore – the family and view the burial at sea being performed from shore. The viewing location is often Cabrillo Monument, Ocean Beach Pier or the Pacific Beach Pier.
On some occasions, the family cannot be in attendance at all for the burial at sea. In these instances, we are able to scattering the cremains in their absence.
We always take some pictures of the event and create a memorial certificate detailing the location and time of the scattering.
It goes without saying that we take the same care with the loved one as if the family was on the yacht and participating in the burial at sea ceremony with us.
Un-Attended sea burial scattering generally take place within a couple weeks of us receiving the cremains.
Sea Burial – Wreaths, Flowers For Ash Scattering
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.
burial at Sea – Scattering at Sea – Military
Often veterans who live in coastal communities, such as San Diego, have a special connection with the sea and may select to be scattered at sea. This is especially true for Navy veterans, but veterans from all branches of the services have been stationed in San Diego at one time or another and have a special affinity for the area.
It is common to have Military Honors performed before the actual scattering takes place and it is always our honor to be of assistance with organizing this event. 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.
At the completion of the honors service the flag is presented to the next of kin – it is very moving! Please view the video below for an honors ceremony that was preformed just before boarding our of our yachts for sea burial.
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.
Regarding military honors, The only branch of the service that currently sends a live bugle player is the US Marines, all other branches use a recorded playing. Since live bugle players are available through the organization “Bugles Across America”, we do our best to coordinate their participation in the honors ceremony – making is more special.
Ash Scattering – Sea Burial – Location San Diego
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
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.