For a memorable, loving way to say goodbye to your loved one, consider a Burial at Sea aboard Paradiso. Our crew understands the very sensitive nature of your loss and will ensure that all of your needs are met. Burials at Sea are performed according to the traditions of the sea during a two hour charter approximately one mile off shore.
Paradiso’s crew is licensed by the state of California to perform the scattering of ashes service. The service is customized to meet the specific needs of each family.
For those families that wish to conduct their own memorial, the crew can assist in any way that the family requests, or the Captain can conduct the ceremony on your behalf. Roses are given to everyone on board to scatter during the ceremony. A remembrance certificate stating your loved one’s name, date, and the longitude and latitude of the ceremony is also presented to the family.
Coffee and soft drinks are provided to your guests. Extended cruise times and special requests may always be accommodated.
Our Scattering of Ashes at Sea service area includes: Newport Beach, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Diego and Orange and Los Angeles Counties.
Burial At Sea
Did you know that sea burials have been around for thousands of years? Even in the old world, it is recorded that the ancient Egyptians, Romans, and even the Greeks have held ceremonial burials at sea. However, it isn’t always the same process. Some bury the dead at sea by casting them into the ocean in a coffin, with rose petals being laid atop the water. Some bury their dead at sea by spreading their ashes. Spreading the ashes has become more common among sea burials, and there are thousands that are still preformed regularly.
Different cultures and religions perform the ceremony differently, however, all of the different styles hold the same base value, to honor the dead with great regards. For example, around 700 A.D the Vikings performed sea burials by sing naval ships as tombs and burying the dead with few personal items at sea. Some ships used would be set ablaze to burn out at sea, others would be set adrift to sail in death as they did in life. Though you wouldn’t want to argue technicalities with a Viking, they did have another look on burials at sea as they would commonly practice them from land on the beach. Creating a monument for the dead, then catching it on fire while saying a few words about the individual.
Though many Buddhist believe that a burial site is necessary for memorials and ancestor rites, there are chapters of Buddhism that conduct sea burials primarily for military service men. For example, in Thailand, the ashes of the deceased are placed in a wreath with lit candles, and cast out to sea from a ship or boat. This wreath is followed by a parade of mourning wreaths that are also accompanied by lit candles.
There are detailed procedures involving sea burial by the Anglican Communion. For starters, it is discouraged for cremated remains to be scatter for practical reason. The ship must be stopped, and the body is suitably weighted while being sewn in canvas. Anglican chaplains of the Royal Navy, as well as other chaplains, do bury cremated remains of ex-Naval personnel at sea.
Many Lutheran Naval vets and seamen prefer sea burials. In these cases, the urn or casket is set to sea, or ashes scattered, and the proceedings are similar to those of the Anglican Church. While some parishes have specific areas at sea where the ashes are to be sprinkled.
As is tradition, the deceased are cremated. Bones and ash are collected, and then they are immersed in the Ganges River, or other rivers if the Ganges is not a possibility.
It isn’t just a religious act, burial at sea. In fact, there are different countries and regions that perform the ceremony differently. Every country has different rules, regulations, and in some parts of the world, procedures that they have to abide by in order to perform this sacred farewell.
Within the territorial waters of Australia, there is an exclusive economic zone that is covered by the Sea Dumping act of 1981. This means that you must acquire a permit for the burial of bodies at sea. However, the granting of a permit is limited to those with strong connections at sea, such as long-serving Naval personnel. They will only allow for the body to be sewn and weighted in a shroud, prohibiting embalming and the use of caskets. There are specific depths that the body must be laid to rest and it cannot intrude on any shipping, undersea communications, or fishing in the waters.
In England, a casket burial is tradition even for burial at sea. There are designated burial grounds which the casket must be placed, but also the ashes may be scattered freely at sea. Where as in Scotland, there are only two designated sites for sea burial.
Though there is not a requirement for cremated remains to be buried at sea, there is specific preparation that is required for full body burials. The preparations are in place to ensure the casket or body to sink quickly. In many states, a licensed funeral director is a basic requirement for this service. There are designated zones and depths that are required to be met for the cremated remains to be scattered, and some areas require you to travel as little as 30 miles out to be buried. Though it’s a large travel time, it makes for a beautiful ceremony at sea.
Though the United States Naval forces have performed many burials at sea during wartime. It is also still common to find peacetime burials for their long-serving comrades. The family of those who have served, that meet the requirements set in place, are also granted a Navy sea burial. The process that is followed by a naval sea burial are tradition and magnificent while being honorable and respectable to the deceased.
The deck officer will call “All hands will bury the dead”, if possible, they then stop the ship. All flags are then lowered to a half mast position, and crew members are accompanied by casket bearers, the firing party, and bugler. They place the casket feet first on a stand, letting the feet rest above open waters. If the remains were cremated, the urn takes the place on the stand. They respect the religious standings of the deceased by dedicating a portion of the service to be performed during the ceremony. As the casket is slid into the sea, the bugler plays ‘Taps’ and the firing party fires a three-volley salute.
If ashes are scattered, the ceremony experiences few differences, and the wind is taken into consideration to ensure the smooth process of the ceremony.
A burial at sea is one of the most time honored, and commonly practiced ceremonies that exist. Many ancient cultures performed them, as well as hour honored service men and women who meet their honorable end in service.