Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
A Customary Sea Burial Ceremony
A moment of silence, with heads, bowed, our hearts and mind merge as one to honor the life and legacy of a beloved. Incomparable stillness and reverence. Prayers, poems, lively stories, fond memories of a lost loved one are shared. Reflections. The cremains interspersed with a rainbow of rose petals are carefully lowered and released. The captain rings a bell. The reverberation sends chills. The vast openness and beauty of the natural setting are far more spiritual and intimate than a funeral home.
As a client’s selected song plays, the ocean’s enveloping energy can be palpable as we watch the water slowly engulf the colorful offering as it becomes one with the greater universe. Flowers for sea burial are an important part of ceremony, they create an atmosphere. After the final farewell, the yacht slowly makes its way back to shore.
Better than SeaWorld
Most Families Now Select Cremation
End-Of-Life preferences are evolving. In 2018, more people are opting for cremation, in California the cremation rate is over 60%. Sea burial is also far less expensive than an in-ground burial. No land is required and no urn is required. There are advantages for the environment as well. A land burial requires resources. The lack of a casket or headstone cuts down on natural materials such as wood, stone, and metals. This, in turn, benefits the planet as well as your pocketbook. It eliminates cemetery costs and lessens the ecological footprint. Some families may choose to use a bio-degradable urn, and these are relatively inexpensive. When cremains are released back to nature, they degrade in the environment very quickly. For people cremated using Alkaline Hydrolysis, we do recommend using a biodegradable urn.
Devotion to the Ocean – Sea Burial
My comfort will come from the sea. The stillness of calm waves will gently drift by I will be as one with the sea. When the sun sets on the ocean blue, remember me as I will always remember you. As the sun rises, go live life as full as can be. Apart you and me, but be at peace for I am free. –Captain Chad Theesfeld