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Burials at Sea - Scattering of Ashes

Single Scattering of Ashes

It is actually legal in the state of California to mail the ashes directly to me via parcel post if you cannot attend the burial service from the boat or view from shore. In this case, Registered Mail is recommended with you telling the Postmaster of the contents. Please use a ‘return receipt” and label the box CREMATED REMAINS. When I receive the ashes, it is required by state law that I must dispose of the ashes within 60 days. Typically, the ceremony is set to take place within 10 days.

It is unique to The Angel’s ashes that again, we treat the loved one with the same loving respect as we would when family members are present. We contact the family members as to the exact date and time the burial at sea will take place, perform the same ceremony, and accommodate any family member wishing to attend even at the last moment. In all of our ceremonies, the exact latitude and longitude of the burial site and time of entering of the ashes is recorded. A Memorial Certificate with this information is mailed to a designated family member.

Multiple Scattering of Ashes

Unfortunately, and sadly, some die without immediate family. Or family members chose for the Crematorium to dispose of the ashes. To make this the most affordable for the Crematorium, ashes are collected and stored separately by the Crematorium then disposed of by the chosen licensed professional. The Angel’s Ashes will not mix the ashes of two individuals unless asked to do so specifically by a family member. This has happened when a son or daughter has the ashes of both parents for example, and wants them to be entered together.

When we have been given multiple ashes from a Crematorium, we treat the deceased in the same loving manner as with all of our services. We will not scatter the ashes at one burial site. This is a very common practice with most companies. The Angel’s Ashes instead, performs a separate ceremonies at different burial sites chosen for each individual. If a family member can be contacted, we will send them a letter describing the burial at sea ceremony along with a Memorial Certificate. For the Crematoriums, we pick up the ashes for their convenience and will only accept a donation if is less than what they are used to paying their vendor.

The Angel’s Ashes memorial burial services are extremely unique. In summary, these include:

  1. No cost for any of our services

  2. A yacht owned, cared for, and operated by the owner not as a business

  3. Multiple departure locations for this single yacht including a private mooring on Catalina Island

  4. “Live” music by a professional Classical Guitarist

  5. Private dining with discounts

  6. No “extra” charges such as the day of the week

  7. No time limits

  8. Individual burial sites for multiple scatterings

  9. A loving entering of the ashes by a flower covered basket

  10. The ringing of the ship’s bell for “The Last Watch”

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.