Welcome to the daily blog of "Ashes on the Sea," your trusted partner in providing peaceful and meaningful burials at sea off the Beautiful Coast of California. Each week, we embark on a unique journey with families, celebrating life, honoring loved ones, and embracing the ocean. Join us as we share stories, insights, and the beauty of these special moments.
Recently we have updated our Dana Point Vessels to include up to 6 passenger, up to 30 passengers and our up to 59 passenger vessels. The 30 passenger is Handicap Assessable. Please inquire about our availability and what the trips include.
This past weekend at Ashes on the Sea, we've witnessed some profoundly moving moments as we assisted families in saying their heartfelt goodbyes. From the beaches of Ventura to the harbors of San Diego, we navigated the magnificent waters of California, honoring the wishes of the departed and their families. Each ash scattering ceremony was a unique journey - a blend of shared memories, love, and respect. As we watched the ashes disperse into the vast Pacific, we were reminded of the beautiful cycle of life and death - a touching testament to the enduring spirit of those who have left us, but whose legacies live on in the rhythm of the sea.
"Sea of Serenity:
Honoring Life with our Newport Beach Burial at Sea Services" Happy Tuesday, dear readers! Today, we venture into the heart of our unique offering in Newport Beach, California - our Burial at Sea services. Nestled amidst the natural beauty of our sun-kissed shores, we have discovered a tranquil, reverent way to bid farewell to our loved ones. In the gentle embrace of the sea, we provide families an opportunity to celebrate life, even in the face of loss, with our eco-friendly sea burials. Our mission at our Burial at Sea business is to create a serene, respectful, and memorable farewell, tailored to honor each individual life. We carry out each ceremony with the utmost care, using biodegradable urns to ensure our operations leave no environmental footprint, preserving the pristine charm of Newport Beach. As the sun sets, casting a warm glow over the gently rippling water, we stand with families, creating a space for love, remembrance, and peace, amidst the vast tranquility of the sea.
A Gentle Farewell**
This weekend we had the privilege of guiding a family through a gentle farewell at sea. The sun dipped below the horizon as we sailed out from San Diego Harbor, casting a golden glow on the water. Surrounded by the vastness of the Pacific, our clients found solace and a sense of closure as they scattered their loved one's ashes into the ocean's embrace. It was a serene and heartfelt ceremony, a reminder of the profound beauty in the cycle of life and the comfort that nature can provide.
"Embark on a maritime adventure in San Diego, where the sun-kissed shores and Pacific breezes create the perfect backdrop for a day on the water. Whether you're sailing past the iconic skyline or exploring the rich marine life in the crystal-clear waters, boating in San Diego offers an unforgettable experience for both seasoned sailors and leisure seekers alike."
New England Burials At Sea® and Ashes on the Sea® in San Diego are pleased to announce the helpful new Cap Chats planning and educational video series.
Created by two licensed USCG Master Captains, these unedited, friendly one- or two-minute videos assist family decision-making in honoring a loved one’s final sea burial wishes.
Topics range from how to select a provider, types of available services, how to scatter, seniors and children aboard, safety at sea, weather planning, costs, unusual requests and more.
Be sure to subscribe to our email list to be notified when new topics are discussed.
Video session 1 is now live
Have funeral and/or burial costs caught you off guard?
Take advantage of crowdfunding to assist you with the expenses. It is usually free to open an account, and each service will deduct a small percentage of your collections.
What is crowdfunding?
Crowdfunding is a method of raising capital through the collective effort of friends and family.
What are some crowdfunding services that I can trust?
1. The most popular and trusted crowdfunding service is Gofundme.
Gofundme is based in San Diego and Menlo Park. GoFundMe was launched on May 10, 2010 and has quickly become the World’s #1 fundraising site for personal causes and life-events. Millions of people have raised over $1 Billion in the past 365 days.
To find out more and create an account, visit Gofundme.com
2. Another crowdfunding service specifically for funeral expenses is Funeralfund.
"Funeral Fund started out as a personal website for our founder Michael and his family. Michael lost his father to cancer in 2011. With medical bills continuing to mount, it left his family with very limited resources for a proper funeral. Asking for help is never easy, so Michael turned to Social Media as a means to connect with family, friends and co-workers who knew his father. After numerous phone calls, text messages, emails, Tweets and Facebook posts, they were able to gather enough money for the funeral that his loving father truly deserved. Michael saw how beneficial a site like Funeral Fund would be for other families in the same situation. Funeralfund.com has become a huge success thanks to his dedicated team, Elijah, Carrol, Ayako, and many others who have helped along the way."
To find out more and create an account, visit FuneralFund.com
Other popular crowdfunding sites:
If you would like assistance in creating a crowdfunding account for your service, please contact Philip 877-277-2799
The number one benefit is COST - According to AARP, the average (U.S.) cost of a traditional funeral is more than $7,000. If you want to be buried in the ground, this can add an additional $2,400. Even direct cremation with a land burial can be as much as $3,000.00 or more. You can visit AARP's website and search for articles regarding funeral costs.
A simple, Direct Cremation and burial at sea can cost as little as $495.00, depending on the firm you choose do perform the cremation. Remember to ask for all details. Direct Cremation can mean different things at each mortuary or funeral home. Ask what the lowest price direct cremation includes, and if there are any additional costs. The direct cremation cost at one company we looked at ranged in price from $395.00 to $1045.00, without the scattering at sea.
Ashes on the Sea charges only $295.00 for an unattended burial at sea. You can send the ashes to us, and we scatter them in a dignified manner. There are no hidden charges. You can obtain the permit if you would like to save on costs, otherwise, if needed, we can obtain it for you ($69). We'll send you the longitude and latitude afterward for your files.
For a free price quote, fill out our feedback form, explaining what you would like.
We do offer additional services including special order flowers, wreaths, bagpiper, dove release. Please see Our Services for more details.
Our attended scattering at sea starts at only $495.00 and includes the boat charter and assistance for every step of the way in making your plans.
Not only is the cost difference a benefit, but Cremation and Burial at Sea is usually a simpler plan. There are many, many details that go along with a traditional funeral and land burial that involve time and expense on everyone's part. Stress over these things can be greatly reduced by choosing scattering at sea.
Another benefit is time. With cremation, you do not have to schedule the burial immediately since there is no body. Some families want to schedule a service right away, but others are not ready and they call us even years after the death has occurred.
We recommend researching all of your options, including reading the Consumer Guide to Funeral and Cemetery Purchases to see how you can lessen your cost and anxiety surrounding your loved one's burial. We will be happy to talk with you regarding any of these points to help you come to a decision.
Hi! I've been in the burial at sea business since 1997. I hope to bring you relevant information as it relates to scattering ashes and full body burial at sea.
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