Burial at Sea San Diego Frequently Asked Questions
How are the cremains (ashes) dispersed
into the ocean?
Scattering ashes can be done several ways. The most popular ways is
to simply pour the cremains directly from the original container into the ocean. Special urns are
now made for burials at sea. They are 100% biodegradable and can be placed into the ocean. This
method limits the amount of handling. The cremains can also be placed into to a wicker basket lined
with biodegradable paper and then lowered into the ocean. Family and friends can participate in
"lowering the cremains to the deep" by assisting in letting go of the rope.
Do you need an
No. You are not required to have an Officiant to perform your
service. Typlically family members and friends will assume the roll. If you would like an Officiant
and do not already have a church or place of worship figure that is available we recommend having
one of our skilled captains read a short prayer or poem.
Are services available on
We provide burial at sea services on both weekdays and weekends.
Services can be customized to accommodate almost any time request. However, we do find that early
morning (between 10am - 11am) trips are a little better due to the waters being at their calmest
Can you accommodate special requests for
Yes, we are very flexible and we do our best to fulfill all
Do I have to make a
Yes. Although we can arrange scattering of ashes services within a
day, reservations made a week or more prior to the selected date enables us to provide the highiest
degree of service. Which is what we pride ourselves on.
Can we set an appointment for the
scattering of ashes service?
Yes. Appointments are usually made to gather attendees at the landing
for subsequent departure. Usually arriving 15 minutes before scheduled departure is sufficient. We
require that all attendees fill out a coast guard manifest (passenger list) prior to departure.
This process usually takes a few minutes. The manifest can be completed beforehand as well and
dropped off in our office prior to departure.
Do you have restrooms on
Yes. We have modern toilets and running water.
For families on a tight budget, what do
Our unattended ash scattering service is the most economical option
with the total cost of $180. We offer several other types of services with option that can fit
almost any budget. We are flexible and can customize your service to meet your personal standards
at a price that is affordable.
How can I contact a veteran's organization
to provide color guard, taps, salute, etc., for a veteran?
If you are interested in having Military services take part in your
service you would need to make arrangments with the Military Funeral Honors Program. The National
Guard is formally directed to provide support at funerals for eligible Veterans.
Are your captains Coast Guard
Burial at Sea San Diego has provided ash scattering services to
families from all over the United States of America. All of our captains are Coast Guard
How far do we go
Distance varies based on the selected location. In many cases ash
scattering services are within 500 yards to ½ mile from shore.
How is payment made and
Payment can be made by personal check, money order, cashier's check,
or by credit card (all major cards accepted). A deposit of 50% will be rendered at booking. The
balance can be paid anytime prior to the vessels departure. Payments made by credit card can be
done so over the phone. If you are mailing a payment, please make checks and money orders payable
to Pacifica Marketing Group. Payments can be mailed to:
Pacifica Marketing Group
3639 Midway Dr B-200
San Diego, CA 92110
How large are the vessels, and how many
passengers can attend?
We have several vessels that range from 37 to 85 feet in
length that can accommodate from 1 to 24 passengers.
How long is the burial at sea
A standard trip is approximately 2 to 2 ½ hours
depending on how long you wish to remain on site. Additional hours and other locals such as Crystal
Pier or La Jolla require additional travel time and may have additional rates.
How will I know when and where the
unattended scattering took place?
We will perform an unattended ash scattering service no more than 14
days after receipt. Typically we will perform the service within the week. After the service is
preformed you will receive a memorial certificate indicating the date of the scattering service.
The memorial certificate will also contain the latitude and longitude of where the ashes were
How will I know where dispersal took
We will provide you the exact longitude and latitude coordinates
where the cremains were released. You can "revisit" the exact site if you wish. We offer a revisit
service for $480.
Is sending the cremains by US Postal
Service a proven and reliable method?
Yes, it's been proven to be the best, fastest, and most reliable
method. The USPS will ship cremains as long as these instructions are followed.
The container/urn of ashes must be placed into leak proof
packaging (plastic bag), boxed, and sealed (taped).
This box must be placed into a secondary shipping box and
sealed. Make sure to place packing material (bubble wrap, foam, paper, etc.) into the
shipping box to reduce internal movement.
The package must be sent USPS Registered Mail. It is also
very important to declare the contents by writing "Cremated Remains" on the addressed
side of the shipping box.
Some other delivery providers will not accept cremains
due to liability restrictions.
Is the cruise safe for
Yes, railings around the boat and a large enclosed area offer both
safety and comfort. We have never had an incident with any of our burial at sea services. You must
provide a USCG safety vest foe all attendees under the age of 13.
Is there room to walk around the
Yes. The outside areas as well as enclosed areas are very spacious.
Our large vessels offer ample room for all passengers attending.
What about providing flowers &
Family and friends can bring flowers or wreaths for tossing into the
ocean immediately after the cremains are scattered. All flower ties or floral arrangement material
must be made of biodegradable materials if being placed in the ocean. Flower services are available
through our vendors.
What are the locations available for
scattering at sea?
We provide a complete selection of locations from Coronado and the
Hotel Del Coronado, to Point Loma and Sunset Cliffs. Locations that are farther from the San Diego
are available but may require additional travel time. Please ask us for different
How would I best contact
For immediate service call our direct number at (619) 887-5443
Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our direct mail address is: 3639 Midway Dr. B-200, San Diego, CA 92110
What kind of documents do you need to
scatter the cremains?
The "Authorization for Scattering Cremains" form can be downloaded
from our site.It can be brought with you the day of your attended service or sent in with the
cremains if you select to do an unattended disposition. Click Here For Form
What kind of official documents do you
need to scatter ashes?
We need a copy of the death certificate issued by the County Health
Department of where the death occured, and a burial permit from the County Vital Statistics
Office San Diego County California. Permits from surrounding counties are accepted if the
permit states that disposition is to take place "In The Pacific Ocean Off the Coast of San
What type of clothing/shoes/hat/glasses
should we wear?
You are free to wear whatever clothing you feel comfortable in. We
recommend matching your clothing with the current weather conditions. Heels, hard soled shoes or
shoes with black soles are not recommended on a moving vessel. Feel free to give us a call if you
are unsure of the current weather conditions.