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What to expect on a burial at sea Ash Scattering

Are you considering hosting a burial at sea ash scattering and want to know what to expect. Whether it is your first time on a burial at sea, doing an ash scattering, or working with our company we are happy to answer any questions you may have.

What you need to bring on board

✔️   Disposition of Los Angeles Human Remains Permit

✔️  Ashes

(no urn is necessary, but families are welcome to use a biodegradable urn)

✔️  Any music they would like to have on board. We advise pre-downloading incase there is not a good connection.

What happens once we are at the burial at sea scattering location?

At the scattering location, families are encouraged to express themselves with their chosen words—whether through a heartfelt prayer, a meaningful toast, or a cherished song. The day is entirely tailored to honor your loved one in a way that feels most fitting. Following your personalized service, the ashes are gently scattered, embarking on their poignant journey into the sea. It’s a moment that allows families to bid a serene goodbye of a lifetime.

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What do the crew do on a burial at sea ash scattering?

The crew will assist in whichever way the family is comfortable with. Preparing the ashes for release, or setting up memorial displays, the crew is there to help.

Does the crew perform the service at the scattering location? 

Our dedicated crew is available to assist with the respectful lowering of the ashes. Families have the option and responsibility to provide and read any texts or sentiments they wish to be shared during this meaningful moment.

What is the process to book a burial at sea?


Pick a yacht that can accommodate your guests and is your vibe


Check availability for your preferred date


Confirm the booking by paying for the service


Let us guide your family through a beautiful service

How do we confirm a booking?
STEP 1: Select a vessel

Pick a yacht that can accommodate your guests and is in your preferred style

STEP 2: Confirm Availability

Check availability for your preferred date (text us or fill out a form on the boat page that you like)

STEP 3: Book

Confirm the booking by paying for the service (we will send you a contract via email). All service details will be provided in the confirmation email.

STEP 4: Attend burial at sea service

Let us guide your family through a beautiful service

a los angeles burial at sea ash scattering timeline of a 1 hour burial at sea
Burial at Sea Timing

With no special coordinates guests can estimate the following timeline to be the minimum amount of time needed for burial at sea. The booking starts at the time of departure. 

Guests arrive at Dock          (15 minutes in advance of the booking)


20 minutes* Journey to Scattering Location 🛥️

                              Ashes are placed into the basket 🧺

                               Arrive at Scattering Location

10 minutes Service Words

10 minutes Ashes are Lowered 🌹 

20 minutes* Return to Dock 🛥️

**Please note timing can vary per vessel and departure location.**

How do I plan a burial at sea?

☐ Be sure to have the Los Angeles Disposition of Human Remains Permit

Send out an invitation to those you wish to attend the burial at sea service

Decide if you would like to have the ashes lowered in a basket or placed in an decomposable urn

Select who will lower the ashes. A family member or a member of the crew?

Discuss with family what you would like to happen when the ashes are lowered. Do you want everyone to share a memory? Will someone say a prayer? Does everyone prefer to watch and say their goodbyes in silence?

Decide if you would like to have memorial cards available at the burial at sea service. If so have them made & Printed

Select and have any music that you would like to listen to prepared

Arrange any food and beverage you would like on the boat for your guest. Be sure to check the vessel policy on food and beverage.

☐  If you don’t plan to have a wake on board, arrange a post burial at sea gathering for a luncheon at home or local establishment

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Client Reviews

Los Angeles Yacht CharterExcellentLos Angeles Yacht Charter4.9 Based on 246 reviews from ★★★★★ My father’s disposition of ashes at sea was beautiful. I had many family members state to me of all the funerals they have been to this one was so sweet and beautiful. The charter boat was very nice. Captain was awesome. The pastor was very sweet. To top thing and make the moment even better we had contacted a bag popper who was amazing. I highly recommend doing some like this for your loved ones.Tiffany E.Tiffany E. ★★★★★ Recently I engaged the services of Los Angeles Yacht Charters to take me and my family to the Channel Islands so that I could fulfill my promise to my deceased husband to distribute his ashes in the Pacific ocean at the Channel Islands.The Los Angeles Yacht Charters could not have been a better choice. They were professional, knowledgeable and, most importantly, they were kind.The experience could not have been better. Our skipper, Doug, was wonderful. The weather cooperated wonderfully. The sea was quite calm, it was sunny and the trip to the Channel Islands was pleasant.All of my family participated in our informal service by way of sharing memories. Eventually Dan's ashes were distributed into the sea with appropriate music playing.My greatest gratitude goes to Los Angeles Yacht Charters.Sue FrostSue F.Sue F. ★★★★★ The Los Angeles Yacht Charter burial at sea for my mom and dad could not have been more beautiful and such a special memory of a lifetime. Captain George and crew were amazing and so patient and kind. The way the yacht circles around and all of us throwing the flowers circling the rose petals and ashes is a memory I will never forget. Thank you for everything.Diane W.Diane W. ★★★★★ This company is the absolute best! The staff is caring and professional. Spreading the ashes is never easy but they do it in such a genuinely caring matter. They want to make sure the service is just like you want it. Sad situation but they made me feel comfortable. Cannot recommend them enough! Worth every penny!Joesyln F.Joesyln F. ★★★★★ The crew was welcoming, supportive and explained what to expect and when. They provided a cooler filled with water and ginger ale, as well as a table for our us to place our coffee and cake. The boat was very clean and comfortable, with plenty of comfortable covered seating inside and outside. We had enough time to say our goodbyes and share our memories. The remains were placed in a container with rose petals that I lowered into the water. The captain tossed our wreath into the water and we scattered our rose petals. We never felt rushed, there was time to share our grief. The crew were kind and respectful the entire time. It was a truly beautiful way for our family and friends to honor our loved one.Elaine M.Elaine M.js_loader

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