Burials at Sea and Celebrations of Life
Scattering of Ashes - An at-Sea Memorial Service or a Celebration of Life Ceremony on the historic Pilot Boat
A Burial at Sea by way of the scattering of ashes ceremony has been a celebrated memorial practice since our earliest human history. The scattering of ashes at sea ceremony is often related to the celebration of the circle of life; whether it be as a ritual or commitment to ones life purpose, passion, or to ultimately devote a solemn commitment with our loved ones from the past or into our future. A burial at sea ceremony may also celebrate the recognition that like life, all bodies of water flow together, connect, and will unite on this earth so that ultimately, a loved ones energy may always be near to those who have passed and those that will someday join in the circle of life.
San Diego's only active military vessel from WWII.
The Maritime Museum of San Diego offers this service, with the due respect, dignity, and honor your loved one deserves. We customize each of our burials at sea to meet your family's needs and desires. Our base pricing for Pilot starts at $700.00, and $1200.00 for Swift Boat plus a 6% Port of San Diego charter fee, for a private scattering of ashes aboard the museums historic Pilot boat for up to 20 persons. We also offer unique customized ceremonies with a choice of vessels. These are available upon request for any special ceremony or family's request.
Attended Burial at Sea by the Scattering of Ashes
- Cremated remains will be scattered over the open sea.
- Family members and friends may attend the Burial at Sea. (Up to 20 persons)
- Flowers may be placed in the water at the site by family members. (Biodegradable only)
- Fully staffed charter of Pilot boat for up to 2 1/2 hours
- Departures are at 8:30 a.m. from the Maritime Museum of San Diego
- Bottled water included.
- (Additional Ceremonial Services or special needs are available upon request)
- Department of Veterans Affairs
- Presidential Memorial Certificates
- FTC Funeral Information
Unattended Ash Scattering Service- Non-specific date for scattering $195.00
All services will comply with Federal and State Laws and Regulations. Client must provide required forms and certificates (originals not copies) from a certitied crematorium or funeral facility. These include an Official Death certificate and a Disposition of Human Remains form. Due to the nature of the ocean, all dates and times of services can be performed only as conditions permit. The Maritime Museum reserves the right to cancel or postpone any scheduled departure or service.
Please contact our Special Events team at 619-234-9153 x 102 for detailed information or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org In an effort to provide you with the best service, please include within your email response:
- Your name
- Deceased persons name
- Your telephone number and preferred email
- Type of service requested
- Preferred event date or optional dates
- Approx. number of guests
All Maritime Museum of San Diego captains are fully licensed by the United States Coast Guard and are professionally trained. The Museum and its vessels are commercially insured and licensed by the state of California as a "Cremated Remains Disposer".
Historic Origins: The scattering of ashes at sea ceremony is often related to the celebration of the circle of life; whether it be as a ritual or commitment to ones life purpose or passions, or to ultimately devote a solemn commitment with our loved ones from the past or our future. A burial at sea ceremony may also celebrate the recognition that all bodies of water flow together, connect, and will unite on this earth so that ultimately, a loved ones energy may always be near to those who have passed and those that will someday join in the circle of life.
How much time do I need to schedule an Ash Scattering Service or Burial at Sea Ceremony? The minimum time frame is three days to schedule our vessels, although if you have the necessary documents we will try to accommodate your wishes. Scheduling is based on ship availability, group numbers, and special services.
Why do you depart so early in the day? We depart early because the weather and water is most likely the calmest during the morning.
What kind of additional special services are available? The museum can provide a variety of services: from a Chaplain that can facilitate an onboard service or deliver a eulogy (approx. $250), arrange for the flowers or a wreath ($150), provide for any food and beverages services on board (Prices vary), or arrange for a musical tribute for your loved ones (prices vary).
What if I have more than 20 persons? The museum has additional vessels available and they vary in price.
Why are forms required? Federal Law and State Law regulations require specific records and standards to be adhered to when performing any burial of remains.
Where do I obtain the required forms? The crematorium of mortuary will provide to you the necessary forms.
What if I or my family does not want to attend the Ash Scattering? You may have the Ashes Scattered by the museum, but you will be required to complete the required forms, plus one additional form. The cost for a non-attended Ash Scattering service is $195.00
Contact us at the museum with any questions you may have. We're here to respectfully and discretely assist you as well as your loved ones wishes.
Please call us at:
619-234-9153 ext. 102
Serving the San Diego community since 1948.