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When making plans after your loved one’s death, there are so many things to consider. Will you have a traditional funeral with burial or cremation? If you decide on cremation, do you want to bury the cremains, keep the cremains or scatter the ashes on the sea or land? If you have decided to scatter the ashes, where do you want to scatter them?

Ash Scattering at Sea

Scattering the ashes at sea is becoming increasingly selected – especially in San Diego since we live next to the beautiful Pacific ocean. If you decide to have the ashes scattered at sea, there are several choices. You can bring the ashes aboard the boat in the container from the crematory (usually a heavy plastic rectangular box) or obtain an urn. Some families do not wish to see the cremains and thus select an urn. An urn may also be selected for religious reasons – some Catholics prefer to keep the cremains together instead of having them disperse as they do when scattered.

Biodegradable Urns

If you do obtain an urn, it needs to be biodegradable to be suitable for burial at sea. Biodegradable urns are made of natural materials like rock salt, gelatin and sand and recycled paper. Family members may want several smaller urns to participate individually in the ceremony. A great example of the use of several smaller urns is the use of the baby turtle urns.  We had a family who was scattering their Dad and they were 5 siblings – each had a baby urn with a portion of this Dad’s cremains – it was lovely!

Biodegradable Urns - Turtle

If it is necessary for you to travel with the ashes to the site for scattering at sea, be sure to contact your airline for their specifications. You may need to purchase an urn that they can x-ray before travelling. For more information, you may contact TSA

It is important to get biodegradable urns that are designed for use in water because it will float for a little while then sink slowly. This type of urn will completely degrade in less than a week in the water.

Make sure the urn contains a biodegradable bag that contains the ashes. The crematory plastic bad are NOT biodegradable, they will float and not sink in the water. Urns are available in many styles, shapes, and colors. Please ask us for suggestions on an urn should you be interested in using one.

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