San Diego Burial at Sea

San Diego Ash Scattering at Sea

Celebration of Life & Healing

San Diego Burial at Sea – Ash Scattering at Sea

San Diego Burial at Sea – San Diego Ash Scattering at Sea – is increasing in demand as more families become aware of this beautiful experience of releasing the cremains – ash scattering – of their loved ones. It is a moving celebration of life which takes place at sea to honor the deceased family member with a sea scattering. Burial at sea presents many healing opportunities.

Burial at Sea – Ash Scattering – is Healing

Cremation & Sea Scattering

Given our ideal year-round climate, Southern California is the perfect place for such a ceremony. Our funeral home, “Funerals Your Way,” was founded due to our work performing ash scattering – sea burial – for over 20 years. We realized that families were paying too much for cremation services. We offer great pricing on cremation with and without services for this wonderful sea burial healing experience.

Knowing we could do better, we began offering families “One Point of Contact” for both their cremation and ash scattering at sea needs.

We provide High-Quality Yachts for an Emotionally Powerful Ash Scattering Ceremony

Easy – Professional – Sea Burial

You can pre-plan as well as pre-pay for these services far ahead of your need. Doing these years in advance of need is a great idea to make it easier for your family and help them heal with a sea burial.

Sea Burial – Memorial Certificate

With every ash scattering – burial at sea, we offer the family a Memorial Certificate as a cherished memento of the occasion. This certificate includes detailed information such as the latitude and longitude coordinates of the scattering location, the name of the departed, the time of the sea burial, and the depth of the water.

Memorial Certificate for Burial at Sea

This service is invaluable to numerous families, enabling them to revisit the precise location for a meaningful commemorative journey. Furthermore, in the future, it becomes possible for additional family members to be scattered in the same hallowed spot.

In addition, we can provide vivid snapshots of the day’s events. This allows you to preserve and share cherished memories with your loved ones and guests. Pictures are a remembrance for those on the yacht and those unable to attend.

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. Del Mar,  Carlsbad and Solana Beach for sea burial.

Select Your Location

 If you are other than in 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 selects one of the following methods to scatter their loved ones at sea. The choice depends on many factors, such as the number of relatives on the yacht, the location of sea burial, and cost considerations.

By far, the most significant 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. We always have a facilitator on the yacht for attended sea burials to help prepare cremains, readings, flowers, etc. We do our best to ensure that you have as pleasant a charter as possible, as Excellent customer service is essential. If you plan an unattended burial at sea, drop off the cremains at our office or mail them. If you do not have a disposition permit for scattering at sea, you will require one of these. The state of California issues them, and we can obtain this for you, given an original of the death certificate.

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. The family has a beautiful opportunity to say goodbye and participate in the scattering. This gives tremendous opportunity for closure and healing.

Many families combine this with a sightseeing charter. This allows 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 perform 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 at the event if desired, and with 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 boat.

Often these take place with family members watching from a pier. My favorite locations are Ocean Beach Pier and Crystal Pier. Additional locations include 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 using a biodegradable urn. Our most popular urns are below. However, scattering ashes at sea directly from the standard cremation container is possible. 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 scattering method 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, floating the rose petals in the ocean current.

It creates a beautiful presentation, especially when additional flowers, a wreath, or leis are also placed in the water. All on board need to have a least a rose to place in the ocean. This allows them to feel included and essential for the event.

Biodegradable Urns for Sea Burial

For some families, the use of a biodegradable urn is desired. Made from various products such as paper, salt, or sand, they are an excellent addition to the burial at sea ceremony.

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

The biodegradable urns 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 wholly separate company. This company, San Diego Burial at Sea,  specializes in just that. San Diego Burial at Sea is San Diego’s leading company that performs sea burial. Over the years, we have refined the procedure so that each family has a beautiful healing experience on our yachts.

A full body burial at sea is also full body burial at sea is possible if that is something the family may be interested in.

Great gallery of sea burial pictures.

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

Mailing Ashes for Sea Scattering

The only way to ship cremains is by the United States Postal Service, and you must use Priority Mail Express; all other carriers will not accept cremains for transport. Most packages will arrive within two days, depending on the distance and time of day you ship.

The post office will label the package as cremated remains, and you will be able to track the package and should request that someone sign for the package. You do not want it left outside and risk the possibility that someone will steal it.

The cremains should be securely packed to make sure that cremains will not spill and that the box is secure.

Box for Mailing Cremains

The cost of shipping cremains varies depending on the distance they travel and the weight of the package. In general, you can budget in the $70 range but can be double that on occasion for longer distances and extra weight.

Documents we Need for Ash Scattering

For us to perform a burial at sea with the cremains, we will need permission for us to do so, so please send us the following items.  It is always a good idea to give us a call first and let us know your will be sending us cremains.  We will need the following items

  • Our authorization form must be fill out and signed.
  • Copy of authorizing persons driver license or other state recognized id.
  • We will need an original of the death certificate, so we can get the appropriate permit from the county allowing us to perform the service.
  • Payment may be enclosed my means of a check or may be arranged ahead of time via credit card.


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