One of the most well-known final disposition options for a cremated loved one is to have a scattering at sea. In order to make this difficult situation the best possible experience, one must hire the right yacht service. This ensures the scattering will be smoothly executed and the people can offer a fond farewell in a peaceful, pleasant manner.
Some things that need to be considered when evaluating yacht services include price, quantity of allowed passengers, location, and credentials. Each yacht service under consideration should be evaluated for these factors, and possibly others.
Prices are usually a primary consideration. While people do want to do the best for their loved ones, it is still true that finances are often limited and stretching the budget is not always an option. If it is possible to plan ahead, research can be done to find out what price fits best into an individual’s budget. Most services have a minimum price, and offer options for an added fee. Refreshments are often offered, but increasing the passenger count will also increase the price due in part to this. If the deceased was military, his or her honorable discharge papers could result in a discount, depending on their service.
When choosing a yacht service, it is especially important to examine their limits on participants. Some charters allow no passengers, and any scattering at sea must be unattended. Many allow up to 6 or 7 passengers, with no possibility of increasing the limit. A few can accommodate up to 15 passengers, and while it is rare, it is possible to find those who allow 25 or more on their vessels. Some may allow pets, as well, but will often add a fee. If a pet is desired as a passenger, it is advisable to ask the charter service if they allow them ahead of time to avoid any potential problems on the day of the scattering at sea.
The location of the yacht service is another thing that will make a big difference if a certain area is desired in which to scatter the ashes. It will be helpful to find a yacht service that has their vessels in the area.
Credentials are important to be sure the yacht service is reputable and dependable. The United States Coast Guard offers licensing to captains. Yachts should be U.S.C.G. safety certified, and should have insurance covering them. It is always advisable to confirm the yacht service’s credentials prior to signing a contract.
Another consideration will be the rules and regulations of any given yacht service. Know what their cancellation policy says. See if they allow the scattering to be videotaped, and perhaps whether they offer videotaping as a service. Find out if observation from shore is an option. Most yacht services that offer scattering at sea desire only to make your experience the best possible under the circumstances.
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