San Diego Burial at Sea

San Diego Ash Scattering at Sea

Celebration of Life & Healing

San Diego Burial at Sea – Ash Scattering at Sea

Demand in San Diego for Burial at Sea – Ash Scattering at Sea – is increasing as more families become aware of this wonderful experience of releasing the remains of their loved one. It is a moving celebration of life which takes place at sea to honor the deceased family member.

Burial at Sea – Ash Scattering – is 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 – sea burial – 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

One Point of contact for Both Cremation and Ash Scattering at Sea

You may even pre-plan and pre-pay for these services far ahead of need. This is a great idea to make it easier for your family and help them heal with a sea burial.

Sea Burial – Memorial Certificate

With each ash scattering burial at sea, we provide the family a Memorial Certificate as a remembrance of the event. It specifies the latitude and longitude of the scattering and the deceased name, time of sea burial and water depth.

Memorial Certificate for Ash Scattering at Sea - Burial at Sea

Many families find this useful as it allows them to return to the exact position for a remembrance trip. In the future, additional family members may alos be scattered in the same location.

As well, we generally provide 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.

As well, we generally provide you pictures of the days events in order to share memories with your family. Both for those on the yacht and others that could not attend the sea burial. 

A Memorial Card with of the loved one and a link to pictures from the sea burial event.

Memorial Certificate for Ash Scattering at Sea - Burial at Sea

San Diego Burial at Sea – Locations

We go where ever you would like to go for a scattering at sea and service multiple cities up and down the coast of California.

In San Diego, our usual location is just south of Point Loma with Hotel Del and downtown San Diego in the background. However, we can go wherever you like and commonly serviced locations are Ocean Beach, Mission Bay, La Jolla and Del Mar for sea burial.

Select Your Location

 If you are other than in the San Diego we can still help. Funerals Your Way has associates in many communities along the coast. We will be able to arrange an ash scattering at sea – burial at sea – for you at many locations.

Location for Ash Scattering at Sea - Burial at Sea

Ash Scattering – Burial at Sea Services

A family typically select one of the following methods to scatter their loved ones at sea. The choice depends on many factors such as number of relatives on yacht, location of sea burial and cost considerations.

By far the greatest number of ash scattering we do (over 90%) is attended. This means the family is on the yacht and participating in the sea burial event. For attended sea burial, we always have a facilitator on the yacht to help with preparation of cremains, readings, flowers etc. We do their best to ensure that you have as pleasant a charter as possible, as Excellent customer service is important. If you are planning an unattended burial at sea you will need to drop off the cremains at our office or mail them. If you do not have a disposition permit for scattering at sea you are going to require one of these.

Burial at Sea Service Types

Attended Sea Burial Scattering
Un-Attended Scattering
Shore Viewing

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 and participate in the  scattering, which gives tremendous opportunity for closure and  healing.

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.  The same dignity and respect for the loved one as if the family were present.

We can take pictures for the family 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 when the family wishes to observe the ash scattering from shore, not 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. Additional locations such as off La Jolla, Del Mar or Cabrillo Monument on Point Loma.

Ash Scattering – Burial at Sea Services

There are many ways of performing a burial at sea either directly or with the use of a biodegradable urn.  Our popular are below, however it is possible to scatter ashes at sea directly from the standard cremation container. We do not generally recommend this because of “blowback”, however the yacht crew will work with you to minimize this should you decide to use this method.

Basket or Urn for Ash Scattering at Sea

Our most common method of scattering is to mix the cremains and rose petals in a basket or urn. The urn is then lowered 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.

Biodegradable Urns for Sea Burial

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 burial at sea ceremony.

The Biodegradable Turtle (shown above) is a favorite and commonly selected by families, however a large variety of various biodegradable urns are available.

The biodegradable urns made from paper products float for a few minutes and then gently sink beneath the waves.

Burial at Sea – Ash Scattering Inc.

Because we so believe in burial at sea and the scattering of cremains in the ocean we have a whole separate company. This company, San Diego Burial at Sea,  specializes in just that. San Diego Burial at Sea is San Diego’s leading company which performs sea burial  and over the years have refined the procedure, so each family has a beautiful healing experience on our yachts. 

Great gallery of sea burial pictures.

Point Loma as seen during a scattering at sea
Flowers floating on the ocean during a sea burial