A Burial at Sea for an individual happens only once. It is an opportunity for those remaining to create an experiences to honor the passed love one – to create memories that will last for years in 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. We can providemost anything you wish, so if you don’t see an option here which you wish just ask us.
Video for the 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. The charge for this varies depending on what you wish.
Photos of the Scattering
We can 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 and Wreaths for Burial
These may be added at your discretion and truely add a lovely touch. There is no need to use excessive amounts of flowers, but a few mke 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.
Some suggestions are that we have found are very nice are the traditional roses, wreaths of various sizes and colors, lei are expecially nice and personal. It is said when you take off 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 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. We have a large selection of these urns available for purchase on our funeral site – Funerals Your Way (FD:2188)
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!
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.
Arrange may also be made for additional food 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 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.