Burial at Sea

September 13, 2010 by  
Filed under Sailing Charters

BURIAL AT SEAA Burial at Sea is a way of having a memorial and scattering the ashes of a loved one at sea. This honored tradition has been a celebrated memorial practice since our earliest human history. The scattering of ashes at sea is often related to the celebration of the circle of life; whether it be as a ritual or commitment to ones life purpose, passion, or to grant a loved ones last wish to be remembered at sea.

A burial at sea memorial ceremony also celebrates the recognition that a loved ones energy may always be near those who have lost a loved one and those that will someday join in the final resting place of one’s wishes.

We offer attended or unattended year round memorial cruises for traditional ash scatterings eco-friendly sea burials per USCG regulations, presided over by the captain, your clergy or representatives of your choosing (We do NOT provide full body burials). Serving all faiths with personalized services.

Attended Burial at Sea by the Scattering of Ashes

Cremated remains will be scattered over the open sea.
Family members and friends may attend the Burial at Sea. (Up to 12 persons)
Flowers may be placed in the water at the site by family members. (Biodegradable only)
Fully staffed charter of yacht for up to 2 1/2 hours
Departures are at 10:00 a.m. – 4:00pm from the marina
Snacks & Bottled water included.
(Additional Ceremonial Services or special needs are available upon request)

1 – 6 Persons – $480

7 – 12 Persons – $680

13 – 20 Persons – $1,400

Unattended Ash Scattering Service- Non-specific date for scattering $180

All services will comply with Federal and State Laws and Regulations. Client must provide required forms and certificates (originals not copies) from a certified crematorium or funeral facility. These include an Official Death certificate and a Disposition of Human Remains form. Due to the nature of the ocean, all dates and times of services can be performed only as conditions permit. Sailing San Diego Bay.com reserves the right to cancel or postpone any scheduled departure or service.

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Dear Mick,

Dexter and I cannot thank you enough for the delightful afternoon on your boat. It was a somber occasion in some respect, but it also provided necessary closure. Thank you for caring and providing Michael s final wish. The spot you took us to off the point was just very special. The description you gave of the bottom and the surrounding kelp forest was  beautiful and I know he is resting in a very precious spot. Thank you again.


On a glorious San Diego Saturday in late September, six adult members of my family and my son’s best friend gathered at the marina at San Diego Yacht Club. We had come together to sail a legal distance so that we could sprinkle my son’s ashes. His wife, parents, sister, brother, sister–in-law, and best friend had come together to honor his final wishes for disposal of his body. He wanted his ashes to be sprinkled on his beloved ocean. His brother’s friend, Mick, was our captain, first mate was Jaimie Anderson.

When everyone had arrived, Mick suggested that we buy sandwiches and drinks from the deli. In addition, Mick had told us that we could bring music but none of us could decide so we had no CD. Mick, having been told that Michael had been born in Hawaii, brought a CD of Hawaiian music, perfect for the occasion.

It took a while to arrive at the perfect spot off Point Loma. During the ride, our family could and did tell small stories about Michael, who had loved the ocean and, when he was healthy, was at the OB pier most weekends, and jumping from the rocks at Sunset Cliffs.

When we arrived at a beautiful spot suggested by Capt. Mick, each family member sprinkled ashes in the ocean, using rice paper cups as nothing can go into the ocean that is not bio-degradable. Some of us said a few words, but most were silent. We all knew Michael was where he wanted to be.
The trip back was relatively quiet and quite serene. It was a magical afternoon and we will always be grateful to Mick for this experience.
Mr. And Mrs. Dexter R. Haight,
Ramona, CA.

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