Scattering Ashes – Funeral Services At Sea
“So they may travel with the ocean currents of the world until the end of time.”
– This is a front row seat in eternity.
The Captain’s Charter
The ashes will be set free by the Captain without passengers on board. This beautiful service is photographed and provided to you for absolute confirmation and of course peace of mind knowing your wishes have been fulfilled.
The Family Charter
- Family Charter 1 – 6 or less people
- Family Charter 2 – 7 to 22 people
A private, exclusive charter (only your guests) to witness and participate in the Ocean Farewell.
This is truly a journey of the heart and however you wish to say goodbye, in silence, spoken out loud or written on our heart shaped post-its for privacy.
Your family will set the ashes free from our specially designed basket that you gently lower into the ocean. All will witness the incredible phenomena of the ashes’ transition into clouds that take shapes and colors.
This cloud will stay together in a loose formation and begin a brand new journey. We will ring the ship’s bell eight times (“End of Watch”) and on the last bell everyone tosses the flower we provide. This is the last act of letting go. We return to port while the ashes join the rest of life on their way to another world.
The vessel ‘Illusion’ offers a small to medium service from its open comfortable deck. We tailor each service to our clients needs and offer special locations to farewell loved ones.
The Dockside Farewell
When circumstance prevents you from going to sea but you still want to participate, we will provide the same ‘on board’ experience at dockside or a special location. The ashes will be set free at a later time or date (TBD) via The Captain’s Charter with photographic confirmation provided for proof of service and peace of mind.
Full Ashes Scattering Ceremony
You and your guests will be escorted to the vessel at the scheduled time. All will be briefed on safety procedures and the ceremony. Offshore, the ceremony will begin with the vessel circling left (meaning, “turning back the hands of time”). The vessel will come to a full stop (weather permitting) and the guests will be gathered for final farewells.
A basket or disposable urn will be presented on deck. Then the basket or urn may be passed from each guest to the next for a personal, private moment. At this time, personal thoughts, prayers or poems may be shared by the group. As the basket or urn is passed, each guest will be handed a flower for tossing. A Farewell verse may be spoken when the basket or urn is gently lowered into the sea or the ashes are scattered. The ashes will now begin their new journey, to be carried by the current, forever.
The vessel will circle the ashes to the right (meaning, “time and life goes on”) completing the figure eight infinity sign. The ship’s bell will be rung eight times (meaning, “end of watch”) and as you hear the bell, you may toss your flower as a gesture of ‘letting go,’ which ends the ceremony. You are welcome to have music playing through the external deck speakers or you can have the service in silence.