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Permits and Forms


During this difficult period, you do not need to have the additional anxiety of trying to figure everything out. Just call us and we will take you through the steps very peacefully.

The document entitled ‘Authorization and Permit for Disposal of Human Remains’ can be obtained from a Crematorium, Mortuary, or local Health Department. The cost of this document is about $12. When you are getting this form, simply tell them of your intentions such as, “We will be scattering the ashes at sea in LA County”. You need to know which county the ashes will be scattered:  You are the only one that can obtain this form:  I am not allowed to do that. Bring this with you the day of the ceremony. Sometimes, when you are out-of-State, this can be difficult to obtain. If you encounter any problems, please contact us.


This can be obtained by ‘clicking’ on the ‘Authorization Form’ on our web site. Please email to us this completed and signed form or simply bring it with you the day of the funeral. This is protecting you by telling us what we can and cannot do and protects us by clarifying what you are authorizing us to do. If you cannot email this to us or have difficulty downloading it, we will have the form for you the day of the service. This form is also used by us to make sure we have all the addresses correct for mailing the Memorial Certificate. The Memorial Certificate identifies the exact Longitude and Latitude and time of day where the ashes were scattered at sea. It is a beautiful document and quite suitable for mounting.

You will want to keep this information should you wish to re-visit the exact site in the future. This is a very common practice.

For the Military, you may need your loved one’s discharge papers. These are used to obtain a free 9’ American flag (coffin or burial flag) from a local post office. Without these papers, you may have to purchase a flag should you desire the flag folding portion of the ceremony. They cost a little over $100.

We believe so strongly in honesty, transparency, and in giving. We Are Not a charter boat company or a commercial business operating out of a private dock. We Are a non-profit foundation operating out of our office-5150 PCH, Suite 200 in Long Beach. To dispel of any inaccurate and false impressions about our company, we need to clarify some points: 1. Our slip is not used for commercial operations. This is used for one purpose and one purpose only and that is for a place to tie up and to care for our boat. No passengers would ever be allowed by us on our dock. Any guests on our boat are picked up elsewhere as to not give the wrong impression. 2. Our Charitable Trust is not a commercial business. The owners, Mr. and Mrs. O’Connor, wanted to make this perfectly clear by never accepting cash, salaries, or compensation in any form. We are honest people and would never violate any regulations, be they State, USCG, or Marina.

For the State of California, the Secretary of State and Attorney General, Department of Justice, and Department of Consumer Affairs have awarded a non-profit, public benefit, charitable trust designation to The Last Watch Foundation to provide funeral services to help the Military and their families. We are the only organization in the United States to be awarded this honor. The State has also given us license to perform the scattering of ashes at sea. If a donation to The Last Watch is ever received, those funds are deposited directly into The Last Watch Foundation.