The death of a loved one can be traumatic. If they asked for or you chose cremation, you may also wonder if a scattering at sea is right for your loved one. No one can give you a definitive answer; it is something you will have to decide. However, these tips may help you learn enough to be able to decide.
Why do people choose cremation over a traditional interment? A few reasons include:
- Being able to keep a loved one close by even in death
- It is convenient
- It is often more affordable than a burial
- It offers more flexibility in case family members cannot reach the funeral in time
- It is an alternative to burial
If possible, it would be better to have a plan made ahead of time for cremation and a scattering at sea. Unfortunately, this is not always possible or people do not decide because they think they have more time. Pre-planning for this would make things easier for everyone involved, but if things were not pre-planned, those left behind must try to decide how best to handle their loss and funeral arrangements.
To learn more about the requirements associated with scattering ashes at sea, it is best to speak with an expert. Some funeral homes may have this knowledge so you will want to find one that does. Another option would be finding a business like Atlantis Memorials that provides yacht services to take family and friends to a location for the scattering at sea in San Francisco.
Contact the civil authorities, Coast Guard or United States Navy to find out how human remains should be prepared. You may also be able to find the information you need from local health departments.
You may think of only persons who served in the Navy as having a burial or their ashes scattered at sea. The truth is, anyone can ask for a burial at sea whether he or she was cremated or not. The only question is in knowing the rules and regulations pertaining to both. This is where a business that handles ash scattering will be helpful.
If the deceased enjoyed the water and preferred to spend time there rather than on land, it would make sense to have a scattering at sea. You can have a short service at the scattering location similar to what you would have for a burial on land. After the ashes are scattered you may put a wreath in the water or toss flowers in the water to see your loved one on their way.
Once you have decided that a scattering at sea is right for your loved one, get the help of someone who is knowledgeable and can support you. You will be able to honor your loved ones’ memory and take comfort that you were able to do so.