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Ash Scattering & Cremations
San Diego Burial at Sea assists family by creating a space for healing on the ocean, as cremated remains as scattered at sea off the California coast. We serve San Diego as well as many other locations and are the Premier Ash Scattering – Sea Burial Provider in San Diego.
Our sister company “Funerals Your Way (FD: 2188) is a fully licensed Funeral home providing cremations, burials and memorial services.
Providing small intimate dignified services on Luxury Private yachts which are affordable. Specializing in small groups (1 to 48 people generally) – you have the complete yacht to yourself with your own private facilitator. Yachts leave from Shelter Island, Harbor Island and Mission Bay.
San Diego Burial at Sea Captains are licensed by the USCG
Funeral Your Way is a licensed California Funeral Home
One contact point for Cremation and Burial at Sea – Ash scattering
Reasons to Scatter Ashes at Sea – Burial at Sea
Provides priceless special lifetime memories and a bonding and sharing time for the family. The privacy of being on yacht makes this possible as opposed to viewing from shore. Do not rob yourself of this wonderful experience.
A time to grieve, reflect and have your spirits uplifted in a beautiful peaceful setting. Wildlife such as dolphins and sea lions are often near by and come to investigate.
We have several ash scattering locations, water is usually very calm and if the sun catches the ashes just right, they will sparkle as you watch them disperse.
It is a very clean process as the ashes and rose petals are lowered to the ocean surface. Your loved one is becoming one with the ocean – as the scattered ashes disperse the rose petals float in the current. You will be able to get pictures that last a lifetime.
Some families are concerned about getting sea sick, but this is extremely rare. We generally use very large yachts which have the tendency to be very stable as well our usual scattering location is in very quiet – lake like – waters. Probably 90% of the charter duration is within the protected waters of San Diego Bay. Even for families who choose to venture out further into open ocean, the southern Californian waters are seldom an issue regarding sea sickness. If however, you are very sensitive to getting sea sick you should take precautions before your ash scattering charter.
Cremation and Ash Scattering at Sea
Increasingly families are choosing cremation and burial at sea (ash scattering) for their funeral selection.
Not only is it significantly less expensive, rich in nautical background and preserves land usage, but is a celebration of life – saying goodbye in a peaceful beautiful setting.
The ocean is majestic and surrounds all on it with beauty. Our ash scattering ceremonies are performed from a variety of locations off the San Diego Coast such as Point Loma, La Jolla, Ocean Beach Pier, Crystal Pier, off Cabrillo Monument on Point Loma. If you have a specific location to scatter we would be pleased to accommodate your wishes.
After the ash scattering the exact GPS position of the burial ceremony is recorded. This information is used to complete the memorial certificate which will be sent to the family – generally within a few hours of the scattering. Additional sea ash scattering options can be provided as requested to make your event more unique.
Burial at sea with no remains is also common and is done when it is not possible to retrieve remains – in the case of a disaster where no body is found.
A memorial service can be performed and flowers placed in the water. Although not strictly a burial at sea, it does provide the family and friends with a form of closure to aid in the grieving process.
Feelings After Ash Scattering at Sea
Feeling are complex – difficult to understand and control – they can rule us. We have had a lot of experience with families and the burial at sea – ash scattering – experience. Your experience is unique and may be different but we have found that ash scattering leaves the families with a tremendous sense of closure and peace.
We think the reason for this is the letting go of the loved one in such a beautiful setting. The ocean is beautiful, continues forever and teams with life.
We often have sea-lions, dolphins or an occasion a whale appear. It is difficult to not be overwhelmed by the ocean’s beauty.
Many families feel a sense of greater peace after a burial at sea – it is our hope that you will also.
Famous People Scattered at Sea
Many notable people have chosen burial at sea such as Robin Williams, Steve McQueen, Rock Hudson, John F. Kennedy, Jr as well as many thousands of others. Currently approximately 60% of people in California select cremation and many of these choose to scatter the remains in some manner, many into the water. Burial at sea – ash scattering – is common if the deceased enjoyed the outdoors and the water. Perhaps they loved boating or some other aspect of the aquatic environment.
Arizona – Phoenix – Tucson – Burial at Sea
We do accept cremains from throughout the United States and the world. Many of our families come from the Phoenix area as well as various other areas in Arizona and because of close ties to the San Diego area and their relatives wish to have their final resting place in the ocean here. We do however probably scattered people from every state, most provinces in Canada and several countries from Europe. One lady who flew in from Japan just for the ash scattering and then caught the next flight back home.