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Burial At Sea /Ash Scattering

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Choosing the final resting place of your departed loved one is both a solemn and healing process for those left behind. A burial at sea, one of the oldest and most honored traditions, is a beautiful and memorable way to honor the deceased for the final farewell, that takes them on a journey around the world and back again, by the scattering of ashes. Our goal is to tailor this specifically to you and your family, and make this as easy and relaxing as possible during your ceremony.

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What We Offer...

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Sea Scattering

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We offer your family of up to 6 to come aboard for a private ceremony as we travel offshore and scatter ashes into the Gulf Stream to become one with the Ocean. All you need to do is bring the ashes the day of your ceremony and we will take care of the rest for your day of remembrance. It is our honor to be a part of this special moment. 

UNATTENDED
Sea Scattering

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For families who can not attend, our Captain will scatter the ashes on your behalf in a respectful and dignified way. Simply send us any amount of ashes and our Captain will preform the ceremony, take pictures and create a beautiful certificate containing GPS coordinates

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Attended Ash Scattering Process

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With both sunrise and sunset trips available or a time the family decides, the Bonnie Lee will depart the marina and head out the Lake Worth Inlet and head offshore approximately 3 nautical miles, into the Gulf Stream where the ashes of your loved one will be scattered and carried into the oceans of the world. Once in position, the Captain will note the GPS coordinates and make note of the day and sea conditions and if requested, deliver a brief ceremony for the family or allow time for the family to do their own. We allow the family full autonomy in how they want the ceremony conducted and is 100% private. All information pertaining to such will be gathered and discussed before the trip, so on the day of, all you need to do is show up to the dock. This trip generally takes about 2.5 hours. Plan on a 45 minute trip out and 45 minute return trip back to the dock. 

Boat holds up to 6 guests. You may bring your minister as part of your group of 6, your own drinks, snacks, toasting supplies, biodegradable flowers, message written on stone or paper notes. You may bring your own selection of music to play by pairing with our sound system or provided on a CD.  If you would like items prepared and provisioned on your behalf, please let us know. 

  • Captain meets with guests at the dock 10-15 minutes prior to departure time.

  • Embark the private 25ft Boston Whaler.

  • A USCG required safety brief and overview of the boat is provided by the Captain to all passengers.

  • Departure proceeds to a tranquil location 3 nautical miles off shore passing Peanut Island before heading out the Lake Worth Inlet.

  • Total Cruise time is approximately 2.5 hours but may shortened or extended at client request.

  • Bottled water, cooler and ice is provided. Client/family may bring their own Champagne, White Wine, Spirits or the likes for a toast to the departed loved one. We normally do not allow glass on board but will make the exception for these services only with extra care needed to prevent breakage. Please bring your plastic toasting glasses. 

  • Client/Family are welcome to bring their own music to link via Bluetooth to our sound system or on a CD. 

  • Arrival at serene location, the Captain, Minister and/or family members will provide a reading of a passage, conduct the ceremony, release of ashes, memorial flowers/rose petals and or any biodegradable mementos. Captain will note the GPS coordinates

  • At the conclusion of the ceremony, captain will make a final pass around the scattering allowing the family time for any final reflection, remembrance and a chance for a final farewell as their loved one begins their journey around the globe. 

  • The vessel will make it's way back to port at a slower pace to allow family to gather on deck, embrace one another, take photos and reflect on this occasion. 

  • Post Cruise: A designated family member receives one (1) Memorial Certificate via electronic PDF to print at home. Memorial certificate may include a family provided photo, photo of the scattering, date, time, latitude/longitude coordinates and a brief statement. This certificate gives meaning to many family members for re-visiting at later dates or for dispersing other family cremains at the same location. A double sided certificate holder can be ordered for an additional fee of $19.99 and will be given to the family at time of ceremony.  

  • Gratuity is not included and never required, but with any personal services rendered, a 15-20% gratuity is an accepted way to thank the Captain and/or crew for exceptional service. 

  • In the event offshore conditions are not favorable or safe to venture out, ashes may be scattered in the Intracoastal Waterway or at the mouth of the Lake Worth Inlet. The Captain will communicate any adverse conditions prior to any Ash Scattering and will recommend a release time that coincides with a falling tide so that cremains are carried out to sea. 

Unattended Ash Scattering Process

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We understand that members of the family may not be able to attend for any number of reasons, but still wish that the final resting place of their beloved is carried out at sea. All you need to do is send us any amount of ashes to be scattered and the Captain will ensure to carry out the duties in just as much reverence and respect as if you were attending personally. The Captain will note the GPS coordinates and make note of the day and sea conditions, scatter the ashes among fresh flower petals and mail you back a certificate containing the information along with photographs of the site. Cremated remains must be mailed using USPS or we can pick them up from a local funeral director in Palm B​each County

  • Click Here to order your free, Cremated remains kit from USPS, follow packaging instructions and mail to us directly. 

  • You may include any biodegradable mementos such as hand written notes, a message on a stone or photos printed on plain paper. 

  • Within seven (10-14) days of receipt, the Captain will travel 3 nautical miles offshore.

  • Captain conducts dignified and respectful ceremony in the same fashion as if the family was in attendance. 

  • Pictures are taken and a designated family member will receive one (1) Memorial Certificate via USPS approximately 1-2 weeks after the cruise. Memorial Certificate may include a family provided photo of their loved one, photo of scattering, date, time, latitude/longitude coordinates and a brief statement. This certificate gives meaning to many family members for future site visits at a later date or for dispersing other family cremains at the same location. Additional certificates can be ordered for an additional fee. 

  • The option to disburse additional cremains of other family members, on the same cruise, is available for an additional cost per scattering. 

  • Gratuity is not included and never required, but with any personal services rendered, a 15-20% gratuity is an accepted way to thank the Captain and/or crew for exceptional service. 

SHIPPING INSTRUCTIONS

  1. The use of United States Postal Service, registered mail is required and the most secure form of transportation. The shipment is protected by the United States Government and guarded in a government facility to assure the safety and protection of cremated remains. 

  2. Pack container in proper shipping box

  3. Ship only via USPS, registered mail, return receipt requested

  4. Do not ship anything you may want to keep (Urns) 

The USPS Cremated Remains Kit 2, contains everything you need to ship remains to us and is free to order by Clicking Here

USPS Cremated Remains Kit 2
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Why The Atlantic Gulf Stream Is Ideal...

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Originating in the Gulf of Mexico, wrapping around the tip of Florida before turning North along the East coast of the United States, the Gulf Stream is one of Earth's most powerful forces and ideal for carrying ashes to every part of the 7 oceans around the globe. For this reason, anytime you walk along the beach or see a whale breach the surface or a wave breaking as it reaches your toes, you can find comfort and peace knowing your loved one is near. Burial At Sea Ash Scattering is done out of the Lake Worth Inlet near West Palm Beach. 

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