Archive for September, 2008

Scattering Cremated Remains over Water by Boat.

If you’re funeral planning, we’re the site for you! We’ve got information on every  possible option for scattering ashes, “cremains” of your loved one.

With the rise in cremation rates we’re seeing more and more interest in scattering options or what we call “releasing cremated remaines”.


The commonly used term is “ash scattering”, but actually, we’re not talking about “ashes”. Cremated remains are not ashy but more granular with some fragments of bone in the mix. The correct term is “cremains”.

One popular option is to scatter the ashes –  “cremains”, over a body of water.
There is something spiritual about water. We’re mostly made of water. Our planet is mostly covered by water. We can’t live without water. Water, water, water. For ash scattering the waters of our planet call us.
Laws used to require that ashes be scattered way out from the shoreline but in many places now it’s OK to scatter from shore or from a dock.
Taking a boat out into the ocean or a big lake to scatter a loved one’s ashes can be an incredibily beautiful experience. Some captains will circle the area a couple of times as you release flowers or other natural objects into the waters. When you’re ready release the ashes to the waters.
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.  – AC

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Scattering by Balloon

In our upcoming Los Angeles Funeral Guide we will include a listing for A company that scatters cremated remains by balloon. Scattering by balloon is really cool.

A small portion of cremated remains are placed inside a huge helium filled balloon. Family and friends gather to  release the balloon. After it’s release the balloon travels to an altitude of approximately five miles — FIVE MILES!! At that height the temperature is 40 degrees below zero. The balloon crystalizes and fractures, scattering the ashes in the heavens. 

The balloon fragments fall to the earth and decompose; the balloon is biodegradable.

I like how the family has control over the experience of “letting go”. The balloon can be released practically anywhere and the family/friends hold it until they are ready to release.

Scattering by balloon is another one of the many options available to you in funeral planning. – AC

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The Bay Area Funeral Guide – the only online resource for local funeral planning in the San Francisco Bay Area



We launched the San Francisco Funeral Guide a couple of weeks ago. It contains articles on funeral planning in the Bay Area – like Planning a Low Cost Funeral in the Bay Area and How to have a Green Funeral/Burial in the Bay Area.

Our local Bay Area Funeral Guide contains directories of all the funeral homes in the Bay Area and all the cemeteries in the Bay Area. We also have a directory of vendors that provide funeral related products and services in the Bay Area – like Clergy/Celebrants, Musicians, Caterers, Florists, Scattering by Boat or Plane.

People planning a funeral, celebration of life or any type of end-of-life event in the San Francisco Bay Area now have this tremendous resource of information available to them. The Bay Area Funeral Guide will grow over the next several months as we add vendors to each of the categories and add a  couple more categories.

Soon we will start our marketing and PR campaign for this cool new funeral guide.  -Anna

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