Doing Burials-at-Sea as an Ordained Minister is an extremely interesting Ministry.
When someone comes to a Pastor to perform a funeral for example, it will be someone of the same religion most likely. With our services with the Angels Ashes and The Last Watch, we are approached by people from all walks of life: Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, non-believers, victims of suicide. I personally find it fascinating, educational and a blessed position to be in. It is often times challenging, but God teaches us to love everyone, respect everyone, and to rise to all challenges. Loving someone means accepting them for who they are. Not to criticize them for their beliefs. It is my position to comfort them, help them through the hard times, and be there for them throughout the planning process.
Through the years, I’ve done thousands of funerals of all persuasions. We are respected for our compassion towards all. We are highly regarded by churches, temples, mortuaries and the families we have helped. If you get a chance, please read our testimonials. The amazing comments I receive reveal to me each day how blessed I am to have this Ministry.
As a Missionary, I served in India and many third world countries. I came to understand their cultures and beliefs with an open mind. I have loved the people from all the countries I have served in and respect all beliefs and customs. This is easily noticed when a family calls me and when those board our boat for the first time.
Since we are knowledgeable of their customs, we know what to expect and accommodate all to the best we can. We truly love what we do.
Let me give you some examples:
- Hindu. We have been asked to position the boat in a certain direction; help wit he burning of incense, or to do certain rituals for the journey ahead.. We have had many Hindu priests on board.
- Buddhist: We have helped with the flowers, incense, and foods to be dispersed. We have shared time with many Buddhist Monks to the extent that some have enjoyed steering the boat. We also observe the importance of the timing of the morning meal for the Monks.
- Christian: I have done Eulogies, complete services, or said a few prayers that were requested.
- Non-believers. We accommodate all wishes and are in the background when no religious context was requested. We do a loving ceremony regardless of one’s beliefs non beliefs.
- Suicides. These can fall into many categories. Several times, I have been asked to share my reflections. I would never make any judgements.
*I tell everyone that the day is yours. We are there to help you in any way we can. We honor all wishes as long as they are allowed on the ocean. Everything is customized for you. If you need our help in any way, we are there for you.