Burial at Sea Santa Cruz CA

There are two forms of burial at sea, full body burials and scattering of cremated remains over an ocean or body of water.

Santa Cruz Memorial
(831) 426-1601
1927 Ocean Street Ext
Santa Cruz, CA

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Benito Azzaro Pacific Chapel
(831) 423-5721
1050 Cayuga St
Santa Cruz, CA

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Whites Mortuary
(831) 423-4800
3301 Paul Sweet Rd
Santa Cruz, CA

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Cremation Products Incorporated
(831) 479-9207
520 Pilgrim Dr
Capitola, CA

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Felton Cemetery Association
(831) 335-5545
Felton Empire Rd
Felton, CA

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Santa Cruz Watsonville Cremation Service
(831) 475-6880
1048 Cayuga St
Santa Cruz, CA

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Oakwood Memorial Chapel
(831) 475-2464
3301 Paul Sweet Rd
Santa Cruz, CA

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Holy Cross Cemetery & Mauslm
(831) 475-3222
2271 7th Ave
Santa Cruz, CA

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Soquel Cemetery
(831) 476-2888
550 Old San Jose Rd
Soquel, CA

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Pacific Memorial
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340 Hallsons Ln
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Burial at Sea

Burial at Sea - scattering of ashes and whole body

There are two forms of burial at sea, full body burials and scattering of cremated remains over an ocean or body of water.

1 "Buried" at Sea by scattering of cremated remains, called cremains or ashes

Visit the Product Gallery to view Scattering by Boat .  These companies receive ashes through the mail and scatter the ashes into a body of water.

Cremated remains can be scattered from a boat over an ocean or other body of water. This is one version of a burial at sea.

Some states require the cremated remains literally be scattered over the water; other states allow the use of a scattering urn.

A water-soluble Scattering Urn can enhance the scattering experience. These urns are specifically designed to gradually disperse the ashes. Ashes cast directly into the water will often blow back at the boat and cling to the sides of the boat. This can be both frustrating and unsightly. A water-soluble scattering urn usually will float for several minutes then slowly sink where it will degrade or melt. The survivors will often toss flowers or petals as a tribute as the urn drifts away.

You do not need to live by the ocean to have cremated remains scattered into an ocean. Cremated remains can be mailed to a scattering company, which will provide the service. Often, the company will provide a video recording of the scattering for those unable to attend.

2 Whole Body Burials at Sea

Visit the Product Gallery to view Sea Burial - Full Body service providers.

Full body burials require specific preparation to ensure that the body or coffin sinks quickly. The body may be wrapped in a sail cloth, shroud or contained in a casket. If in a casket, the casket is prepared by having holes drilled into it so that it will sink upon contact with the water.

The Environmental Protection Agency regulations for full body burials at sea in the USA require that the site of internment be three (3) nautical miles (3.5 mi / 5.6 km) from land and at a depth of at least 600 feet (180 m).

There are several private companies that provide full body burial at sea services. The US Navy also provides this service to qualified service members and their families. For information on the Navy's Burial at Sea Program call (866) 787-0081 or visit the Navy Personnel Command webpage dedicated to the Burial at Sea Program.

The ceremony is performed while the ship is deployed, and consequently civilians are not allowed to be present. In the USA, eligible for a free Navy burial at sea are:

>Active duty members of the uniformed services
>Honorably discharged retirees and veterans
>Military Sealift Command U.S. civilian marine personnel
>Family members of the above

In preparation, the officer calls, "All hands bury the dead", the ship is st...

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