Those offering their condolences after someone has passed often inundate families. You want to know how to have an intimate sea burial so you can grieve and remember your loved one tranquilly. These tips will help you learn how to maintain privacy during this difficult time.
The unfortunate truth is newspapers make death notices public and the internet allows people to spread news within seconds. It is difficult to keep a funeral intimate and restrict those who would attend. It is not impossible, however.
What you can do
- Try to delay the death announcement as long as possible. This may difficult to do since most people have access to the internet and news travels quickly. You can ask the funeral home not to release the obituary until after your family has had the service. You may also want to request that they keep details about the service strictly to a list that you provide to them.
- Most people expect a funeral to occur the week after the person has passed. If your loved one chose cremation, you do not have to follow this tradition. You may have a small, intimate sea burial or ash scattering for only immediate family. When you are ready, you may hold a memorial service that anyone may attend.
- If you will be having a sea burial, you can charter a smaller yacht to take you to the sea burial location. If the yacht can handle only 6 to 10 people, it will make sense that only the immediate family be a part of the sea burial.
- Request that only family attend the service. You may not want to un-invite those who want to pay their respects. However you are perfectly within your rights to ask that the funeral service be limited to family only.
- If you have an intimate sea burial and want to have a memorial service for more people after you could choose a private location to hold it. A location that is small such as a private home or small restaurant would let people know subtly that you are not ready for a crowd. They will be more likely to respect your wishes than having to ask them to leave.
Remember, however, that the funeral process is not about you or your immediate family’s desires. It makes sense to have an intimate sea burial for family and close friends, but others may still want to pay their respects and honor the life of the one who has died.
Atlantis Memorials can work with you to plan and carry out an Intimate Sea Burial San Francisco Bay.