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“Mr. O’Connor. This is an emotional time for us. We don’t know what to do. We’ve never done this before. Can you help us and tell us what we need to do?”

This is a very common phone call I frequently receive. Very few have ever experienced a burial-at-sea and have many questions. This is the most rewarding part of my business because have rewarded me immensely just by reaching out to me. We love helping you and will spend time with you and help you in any way we can. We will answer all of your questions and encourage you to call us again should you have more questions. If we cannot be of service to you, we still want help and guide you appropriately. These would be our basic suggestions:

Look closely at your budget and reflect on what you really want. Basically, the more people you put on a boat, the more expensive it will be. Some of the for-profit organizations may charge as much as $100/person. We are the only non-profit that performs burials-at-sea in this area. What that means to you should be SAVINGS! Also, we are the only company in the United States that performs the Military burials at no charge. So, if you give a donation to us, it goes directly to our foundation for the military burials.

Is the company you are calling legal? The scattering-of-ashes-at-sea requires a Stale license to do so. Our CRD license no. is 889. Are they USCG certified? All vessels that carry passengers are required to be USCG certified. We are very proud of our certification and worked very hard and at great expense to achieve this. This is for your safety and should not be taken lightly! Many companies are operating as illegal charters putting your life in danger. A quoted ‘low cost’ for a burial-at-sea should send up ‘red flags’. Something is fishy for these other organizations have to make a profit! They will nickel and dime you forever. We give you a lot of free things because we do not believe in charging you when we don’t need to.

  • Review our web site and all of the options.
  • Call us the moment you feel the need to.
  • Consider:
  • Where you want the burial to be performed:  Catalina, Long Beach, Newport, San Pedro. We are located in Long Beach so this would be your least expensive option.
  • Who would you like to invite: We are limited to 12 passengers at any one time .There are no limits should you chose the View-from-the-Pier option. It is also the least expensive. I encourage everyone to save when they can!
  • When you would like the service to be performed: We go out any time of the day, any day of the week, including holidays. We believe very strongly in doing everything that will be convenient for you and your guests.
  • How you would like the service to be performed: Envision the ceremony. How would you personally plan what would make you the happiest. It is your day!
  • What you would like to bring such as a video, pictures, music, special foods or drinks: We have 2 flat screens and an 8 speaker stereo system. We also have ample space to display pictures.
  • The options also include a live broadcast to you and your party sitting on a beach or in a park for example. Or it can be broadcast live for anyone who cannot attend. This can be of a tremendous savings and pretty exciting! Would you like a bag piper, Military Honors, or religious service? We can do it all!


There are also the options of how the ashes are put into the water, who lowers the basket, who decorates the basket and how it is decorated, colors or types of flowers.

In addition some families arrange for a Ringing of the ship’s bell, special foods, or want special items to be included in the burial.   

Special flowers, butterflies, memorial wreath are other considerations.

We will discuss with you all of the particulars in the planning stage. Our only goal is to please you and make the ceremony an amazing and wonderful experience: One you will never forget!

Our services are for both the general public and the Military. Feel free to call us at any time!

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.