Burial at Sea – Ash Scattering – Options
A Burial at Sea – ash scattering – for an individual happens only once. It is an opportunity for those remaining to create an experience to honor the passed love one – to create memories that will last for years with the departed friends and family.
There are are several options which you may wish to add to your charter to make it extra special and create vivid images that will last a lifetime. We can provide most anything you desire, so if you don’t see the option here, just ask us.
Additional Charter Time on Yacht
We all complain that there is never enough time, so at least for this very special occasion – Give Your Family Time. This is the best additional option to add to the ash scattering at sea. It takes time to heal and bond, so we recommend at least an additional hour. You may not see some of the family members again for a long time. It is also possible that some will pass this life before you have an opportunity to see them.
During the additional time there are many options such as going down past the city, seeing the dolphins or watching the sun go down. Some families even combine the ash scattering with a whale watching charter. We have had numerous families express to us how they appreciated this extra time during an ash scattering at sea. It made their event even more memorable.
Video / Photos for the Ash Scattering
The video may be as elaborate as you like. Some people wish a simple video of the yacht trip, ceremony and the actual scattering. Others wish something more elaborate with some post-production work to add music, narration and various types of fades. This is really a lovely remembrance that captures the service for the future.
We can also take photos of the scattering and e-mail them to you, or send you a disk containing the photographs. We make sure that our photographer does not become obtrusive during the ceremony. The charge for this varies depending on what you wish.
Flowers / Wreaths for Ash Scattering
These may be added at your discretion and truly add a lovely touch. There is no need to use excessive amounts of flowers, but a few make it beautiful. We are only able to put biodegradable items in the ocean, so if you are going to place wreaths in the water make sure that they are not held together with wire or anything that is not biodegradable.
The flowers selected should reflect the likes of the deceased and take this into account when making your flowers selection. We can create wreaths out of most types of flowers. The wreaths do create a great focal point in the water and they are much recommended.
Having a flower (rose, sunflower etc) for each person on boat to place in the water is also very nice. It provides an opportunity for everyone to feel as though they have participated in the event instead of just watching.
Some suggestion for flowers are traditional roses, sunflowers, wreaths of various sizes and colors, leis are especially nice and personal. It is said when you take off a lei and placing it in the water you are giving of your love to the person.
Some families choose to use bio-degradable urns for the ash scattering at sea. They are sustainably produced in a variety of natural materials, including recycled paper, salt, gelatin and sand. The paper type urns will float briefly and then sink gracefully. If using a urn please verify that it is appropriate for use in the water as some urns of this type are only for land burial.
All materials used in the making of our biodegradable urns are non-toxic and environmentally safe. The urns are environmentally friendly and completely dissolve over time depending on environmental conditions. The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) has determined that the standard capacity of a single urn should be 200 cubic inches. All of our standard urns exceed that requirement.
Urns are not required for scattering, but are an option some families wish as they eliminate the potential for blow-back. As well, some religions prefer that the cremains are contained during a burial at sea. We have a large selection of these urns available for purchase on our funeral site – Funerals Your Way (FD:2188)
Biodegradable urns may be selected for many reasons
Religious – Convenience – Personal Preference
This Biodegradable Salt urn is individually hand-crafted by skilled artisans from solid blocks of Himalayan rock salt. The salt deposits in this region are over 250 million years old and are believed to be the purest on earth.
This urn comes with a biodegradable bag and tie for the cremated remains to be placed in, before being placed inside the urn. As a result of the hand-crafted and natural qualities of the Salt urns, each is unique in both color and finish. After submersion, the urn will take 4 hours to dissolve.
Biodegradable Paper Turtles are crafted by hand from recycled paper using non-toxic glues. The purchase of a turtle will contribute to the preservation of a traditional local art form. The skilled artisans producing these beautiful turtles are paid a fair wage in local workshop environments.
The turtles are designed to float briefly before sinking. The time that the turtle takes to sink will depend on the weight of remains inside and local water conditions. Once the turtle sinks, it will biodegrade naturally over time. Since the turtles are crafted by hand, the size, shape and color of each may vary.
Journey Earth urns are hand-crafted from sustain-ably produced and biodegradable paper. When placed in water they will float briefly and sink to the bottom, where they break down naturally over time.
There are various variations on this theme such as different colors and shapes.
Sea Shells for Saying Goodbye
We have found that shells for scattering are a great option for many families. Family members write a message to the loved one and place it in a sea shell which is then placed in the water. This provides many benefits – a feeling of participation in the sea burial ceremony, a connection with the deceased person and closure by saying goodbye.
Please let us know if you would like this option on your charter and we will be happy to arrange it for you.
Take Home the Yacht Flag
We were surprise when this first happened, but some families wish to take home the flag which was flying on the yacht for the burial at sea service. This is really a very nice touch, especially if the deceased was a veteran. Since we have made it an option, many of our families have decided to take home the flag.
Please let us know if you would like this and we will fly a new flag for your charter.
Refreshments & Catering
Simple refreshments such as water and soft drinks are usually freely available at no cost. We do allow our clients to bring champagne, wine or the like on to use as a toast to the departed.
Arrangements may also be made for additional food, beverages etc. Since everyone’s taste varies, many small groups just arrange bring their own. If you would like catering we would be happy to arrange it. Items such as a bagels and fruit, cheese and cracker platter, vegetable platter or other small snacks are inexpensive and add a nice touch to the event.
Various other options may also be arranged – such things as clergy, bag pipes, guitar solo or dove release etc. Please if you have a special request just ask us as it is always fun to try and organize something new.