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Unattended burial at sea ($195)

If you have a loved one who would like to be scattered into the pacific, but aren’t able to attend an ash scattering or burial at sea service in person then an unattended burial at sea service is the perfect option for you.

A beautiful farewell

On our unattended burial at sea services we perform a traditional ash scattering service on your behalf. The boat will venture out three nautical miles before the captain will gently release the ashes into the sea followed by a traditional sailor’s goodbye. After the services we will send a digital certificate with the details of the ash scattering including official coordinates (latitude and longitude) of the services. Ashes can be sent via the United States postal service or arranged to be dropped off in person.

How to package and ship cremated remains for an unattended burial at sea

For the unattended burial at sea you will need to ship the cremated remains to our office. Please check out in the following article all the information you need on ‘How to package and ship cremated remains’.

Los Angeles Disposition of Human Remains Permit

California state regulation requires a permit for the disposition of human remains. Please read here how to obtain the permit. If you are from out of state or are unable to pick one up please let us know and we will assist you in obtaining the permit.

Where do the ashes go once they are scattered in the Great Pacific Ocean?

Please check out this comprehensive map of where the currents of oceans around the world will take the ashes.

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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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What is an unattended burial at sea?

An unattended burial at sea is when ashes are scattered for you, by one of our captains, into the pacific ocean when circumstances don’t allow you to be present.

How does an unattended burial at sea work?

On our unattended burial at sea services we perform a traditional ash scattering service on your behalf. The boat will venture out 3 nautical miles before the captain will gently release the ashes into the sea followed by a traditional sailor’s goodbye. After the services we will send a certificate with the details of the ash scattering including official coordinates (latitude and longitude) of the services.

When does the unattended burial at sea take place?

Our unattended ash scattering services vary based on the time of year. Once the service is confirmed we will keep in contact to let you know when we will be going out for the service. We will also send a certificate of the service including the latitude and longitude of the ash placement.

Do I need an urn for an unattended burial at sea/ ash scattering?

Urns are not necessary for an unattended burial at sea, however guests are welcome to send or provide a biodegradable urn to release if they wish our captain to do so on their behalf.

How will I know when the unattended scattering took place?

When the booking is confirmed we will let you know when the ashes will be scattered. After the unattended scattering we will send you a certificate of the service with geo coordinate (latitude and longitude) of where your loved one started their journey.

How will I know where the unattended burial at sea took place?

We will provide you the exact dispersal details (longitude and latitude coordinates) where the cremains were released.

What paperwork do I need for an unattended ash scattering?

To perform an ash scattering we need the following documentation:

For a passing in California

-A signed authorization form

-The Los Angeles Disposition of Human Remains Permit (Burial Permit VS9 PDF).

For a passing outside of California

– A signed authorization form

– Cremation documentation/transit permit will be issued by your local County Health Department.

– A copy of the departed death certificate

Where do unattended burials at sea/ ash scattering services go?

Our unattended services go three nautical miles off the coast, in the Los Angeles area. We will send the exact latitude and longitude of the service on the certificate for your reference.

How soon in advance do I need to book an unattended burial at sea / ash scattering at sea?

Feel free to reach out and book at an unattended service at your convenience.

How can I customize an unattended burial at sea?

Our services are meant to honor the life of your friend or loved one, if there is anything we can do on your behalf such as read a prayer or play a song while doing the scattering we are happy to oblige.

How do you scatter ashes on an unattended burial at sea service in California?

We place ashes in the water most commonly using a basket method. We can use a provided biodegradable urn upon request.

Do you have a licence to scatter the ashes at sea?

Los Angeles Yacht Charter is fully licensed to provide burials at sea and ash scattering services. For over 10 years we have had an official Central Registration Depository Licence which is needed in order to be able to provide scattering services.

Are your captains licensed to do an unattended burial at sea?

All of our captains are officially licensed under the California state law to provide professional yacht charter and burial at sea services. Our captains have been selected through an extensive training program and will always stand for the safety of our passengers. Our captains are also experienced in hosting burial at sea/ ash scattering services and will do what it takes to make you feel comfortable during the burial at sea ceremony.

Is it legal to have ashes buried at sea on my behalf?

It is legal to have a burial at sea company scatter ashes on your behalf. As long as you provide the necessary paperwork ( the authorization form & the Burial Permit VS9). At Los Angeles Yacht Charter we are in accordance with all regulations needed to be able to provide an unattended burial at sea service.

What happens to the ashes after an unattended burial at sea?

After an unattended ash scattering the ashes will find their place within the great Pacific. Some parts will make the service spot home, while others will go with the currents around the world. After a full body burial at sea the body will sink to the bottom of the ocean and disintegrate within the special casket.

Are human ashes bad for the ocean?

As long as Environmental Protection Agency measures are followed, to ensure that the environment is not disturbed then ashes are not bad for the ocean environment.

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