Burial at Sea – Ash Scattering – Flowers
The use of a comprehensive service of flowers and wreaths for a burial at sea – ash scattering – makes a big difference in how the event comes off – the mood and feelings created. The flowers selected should have meaning to the family and the deceased and be visible in the water—life Celebration – Honoring their Memory.
Flowers for burial at sea
As with any funeral ceremony, flowers are a great addition to the event. Seeing them floating on the ocean surface and trailing off in the distance as they follow the currents is lovely. The selection of specific flowers is often designed to reflect the preferences of the deceased. Some suggestions for flowers that are particularly attractive are roses, daisies, and sunflowers. Floral fragrances are also something to consider
When a person takes off a lei and places it in the water, it is said that they are giving love to the deceased.
A wreath is a very nice addition and provides a focal point for the viewing in the ocean.
As you can see from the pictures below, the more flowers, the larger display they create in the ocean. We do supply rose petals free of charge for your service. However, some families do decide to include an extra bag of rose petals to create a large display. Also, having extra petals ensures an ample amount for everyone on board to participate in the scattering.
Families often decorate the yacht, as shown in the middle picture below.
It is essential that all flowers and any components associated with them be completely biodegradable. This is a primary reason we like to have families use our florist when ordering flowers for sea burial. Often we see wreaths made improperly for placing in the ocean when coming from florists.
While choosing sea burial flowers, it is essential to consider the departed individual’s preferences, cultural background, and the overall tone of the ceremony. Factors such as color, fragrance, and durability in a marine environment should also be considered. Opting for hardy flowers that withstand the ocean’s elements ensures a meaningful and long-lasting tribute.
Each flower holds a unique symbolism, and when carefully chosen for a sea burial, it can deepen the meaning of the ceremony. For instance:
- Roses symbolize love, gratitude, and eternal connection.
- Lilies represent purity, innocence, and the soul’s journey.
- Orchids embody beauty, strength, and rare elegance.
- Carnations symbolize admiration, affection, and deep bonds.
- Forget-Me-Nots serve as a poignant reminder of everlasting memories.
Balloons for burial at sea
Due to environmental concerns, balloons are never to be used on land or especially not at sea.
Sea burials are chosen to honor the departed while embracing a more natural and environmental approach.
As part of this sustainable practice, avoiding any materials or actions that could harm the ocean ecosystem is essential. Choosing biodegradable sea burial flowers and other eco-friendly elements ensures that the ceremony remains respectful to both the departed and the environment.
Environmental Impact: Balloons, especially those made of Mylar or other non-biodegradable materials, pose a significant threat to marine life and ecosystems. When released into the sea, they can be mistaken for food by marine animals, leading to ingestion and potential entanglement. These do not degrade and pose an extreme threat to the animals.
Plastic Pollution: Balloons, even those marketed as biodegradable, can take a very long time to decompose in marine environments. When they break down, it will lead to microplastics, a considerable concern regarding the plastic pollution in our oceans. Microplastics not only harm marine life but also have the potential to enter the food chain and impact human health.
By refraining from using balloons, we can prioritize preserving marine life, reducing plastic pollution, and maintaining the integrity of the sea burial as an environmentally conscious tribute to our loved ones.