San Diego Ash Scattering at Sea – Sea Burial
Sea Ash Scattering – Assists Healing
Cremation & Sea Scattering
Southern California is the perfect place for such a ceremony given our ideal year round climate. Our funeral home “Funerals Your Way” was founded as a result of performing ash scattering at sea for many years. We realized that families were paying too much for cremation services. We offer great pricing on cremation with and without services.
Knowing we could do better we began offering families “One Point of Contact” for both their cremation and ash scattering at sea needs.
Families are going through a great deal of grief with a loved one passing and having one person to make arrangements with is easier for them.
Simple – Easy – Professional
Sea Burial – Memorial Certificate
Many families find this useful as it allows them to return to the exact position for a remembrance trip to scatter additional family members who have passed.
As well, we generally provide you pictures of the days events in order to share memories with your family and guests. Both for those on the yacht and others that could not attend.
Burial at Sea Locations
Ash Scattering – Burial at Sea Services
Famailies typically select one of the following methods to scatter their loved ones at sea. The choice depends on many factors number of relatives, does relative want to be on a yacht and cost considerations.
By far the greatest number of ash scattering we do (over 90%) is attended, meaning that the family is on the yacht and participating in the event.
Having the family present on the yacht is our most typical type of ash scattering trip. It provides the family with a wonderful opportunity to say goodbye articipate in the scattering, giving tremendous opportunity for closure and bonding.
Many families combine this with a sightseeing charter, allowing all present to socialize taking advantage of the gathering. Catering and a full bar is available.
Occasionally, the family cannot attend the scattering. In these cases, we preform the ash scattering at sea on their behalf and show the same dignity and respect for the loved one as if they were there.
We can take pictures or a short video of the event if desired. As with will all our ash scattering – burial at sea – services, a memorial certificate is emailed to the family within a few days of the scattering.
Shore viewings are requested when the family does wish to observe the ash scattering, but do not wish to be on the yacht. On some occasions a few family members are on shore and a few are on the yacht.
Often these take place with family members watching from a pier. Favorite locations are Ocean Beach Pier, Crystal Pier or from special beach locations off La Jolla, Del Mar or Cabrillo Monument on Point Loma.
Ash Scattering at sea – Methods
Our most commonly used method of scattering is to intermix the cremains in a basket or urn and lower to the ocean’s surface. The urn is then inverted and the ashes disperse leaving the rose petals floating in the ocean current.
It creates a beautiful presentation especially when additional flowers, a wreath or leis are placed in the water as well. We feel it is important for all present to have a least a rose to place in the ocean. This allows them to feel included and important for the event.
For some families, the use of a biodegradable urn is desired. Made from a variety of products such as paper, salt or sand, they are a nice addition to the sea ash scattering ceremony.
The Biodegradable Turtle (shown above) is a favorite and commonly selected by families. We however have a huge variety available.
The biodegradable urns made from paper products float for a few minutes and then gently sink beneath the waves.
Flowers for burial at sea
As with any funeral ceremony, flowers are a great addition for the event. It is lovely to see them floating on the ocean surface. The selection of specific flowers is often designed to reflect the preferences of the deceased.
Some suggestions for flowers which are particularly attractive are roses, daisies and sunflowers. A wreath is a very nice addition and provides a focal point for the viewing in the ocean. When a person takes off a lei and places it in the water it is said that they are giving love to the deceased.
Burial at Sea – Ash Scattering
Because we so believe in burial at sea and the scattering of cremains in the ocean, we have a whole separate company established that specializes in just that. San Diego Burial at Sea is San Diego’s leading company which performs such a service and over the years have refined the procedure, so each family has a beautiful healing experience on our yachts.