Scattering Ashes

Scattering Ashes at Sea Guide: 5 Important Things You Need To Know

Scattering ashes at sea is a fitting tribute and farewell to a loved one.

Most of us have seen heard of pouring ashes into the water from a boat.

But you might be unsure about how to organise something like this, or whether you need permission.

Our experts have put together this guide to help you through the process. We will explain some of the different ceremonies and services you might consider.

After we’ll cover rules and regulations, prayers, poems, and various methods and ideas for scattering the ashes.

Scattering Ashes at Sea Ceremony
There are other factors to consider in addition to the actual scattering. For instance, will you have a memorial ceremony?

In most cases, there is no particular rules for the ceremony. It is arranged and performed to the wishes of the deceased or their family members.

Ashes Ceremony on a Boat

You may prefer a cremation ceremony to be performed according to the religious beliefs of the deceased.

For instance, Christian scatterings are often similar to a traditional one on land. They sometimes include a minister who oversees the event with eulogies, prayers, or a scripture.

Other Ceremony Alternatives

Then again, you could have the ceremony with only family and friends.

Otherwise, you might consider a ceremony that is planned around the heritage of the deceased.

Or if they were fun loving, it could be a celebration of their love for life with music and even dancing.

We will look at some of the possibilities in more detail later.

Choosing the right urn

Floating biodegradable urn

Many people simply pour the ashes from an urn into the water. There is no specific type of urn required for that.

Some simply use the temporary container, which the funeral home or crematorium provided.

However when scattering at sea, it’s wise to ensure that you determine the direction of the wind, otherwise the consequences can be messy.

Biodegradable Urns for Water
If you wish to release the whole urn into the water, a biodegradable urn is your best choice.

These are created to break down quickly in water are now available in all shapes and designs.

These beautiful urns come in quite a few designs including flowers, seashells, turtles, and more.

Water Urns Guide
If you’re interested in scattering, we recommend you read our biodegradable urns for water guide which provides some valuable tips before buying.

Types of Services Available
The options are endless. Below we will look at a few ideas and suggestions. Hopefully, one will be right for you or possibly trigger an idea of your own.

Unattended Services

Captain Spreading Ashes

In many situations, although scattering at sea is desired, the family is unable to attend. This may be due to illness or perhaps the place where the deceased desired is a great distance away.

For those circumstances, after the cremation has taken place, you would send the ashes to the company that will be performing the service.

The captain of the ship will take your loved one’s ashes along on the voyage and perform a distinguished scattering for you.

In most cases, they welcome any requests you may have such as a particular prayer to say, a poem to recite, or music to play.

Attended Services
Scattering Ashes at Sea
Scattering Ceremony At Night

You have the choice to arrange the service yourself or hire a sea burial company to do it for you.

Some companies offer specific services such as a mariner’s farewell ceremony. As the ashes are scattered, the mariner’s farewell verse is read as the ship’s bell tolls eight times.

The mourners may each toss a flower into the water as a final farewell.

Tidewell Hospice Cremation and Funeral info.

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People often do not think about final arrangements until after a person has died. Suddenly, decisions need to be made quickly during a stressful time. It is possible to plan ahead by asking your loved one about his or her final wishes. Burial and cemetery costs, cremation and/or funeral services can be paid for in advance. Or perhaps your loved one wants to donate his or her body for scientific research. Whatever the wishes may be, talking about them and planning for them can relieve stress during an emotional time.

Funeral Services

There are many things to consider when planning a viewing and graveside service: the choice of casket and marker, arrangements with the funeral home, transporting the remains if the burial is in out of state, the paperwork involved, the list goes on. The Funeral Rule, enforced by the Federal Trade Commission, requires funeral directors to provide an itemized price list of their services and all products they offer.


Burial involves decisions regarding viewing, casket, cemetery plot, marker and perpetual care of site. Memorial services can be held without a viewing at your home, church or any other location.


Cremation provides cremains that can be buried, placed in an urn at a cemetery facility distributed as your loved one or the family desires.

Burial at Sea

Active military personnel and veterans can have their bodies or cremains buried at sea by the U.S. Navy through the mortuary program. Private Citizens can arrange for burial at sea through a funeral home or can arrange it themselves, following guidelines that can be found on The Environmental Protection Agency website.

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The following questions can help when selecting the funeral home and services of your loved one. If possible, it is recommended that you consider more than one facility, visit with the funeral directors and tour the facilities. Meeting the funeral staff and feeling comfortable with them can help you and your family to create a meaningful personalized service. It is also recommended to openly discuss your budget with the funeral director so he or she can assist in selecting service options that will meet your loved ones wishes. Your Tidewell social worker is available to help you identify your needs and prepare for this decision.

Does the funeral home physical building meet your standards? Is it clean? Have enough space?
Does it employ licensed funeral directors?
Is the funeral home established in the community?
Have any of the licensees been disciplined by the state regulatory board?
Is there a website you can visit for more information?
Is the funeral director willing to come to you to make arrangements?
Is the funeral home affiliated with a local cemetery that might offer special savings?
Are pre-arrangements transferable if you should relocate out of town?
Are 100 percent of the ashes recoverable?
Are services available regardless of financial ability?
Is there a service guarantee?
Are personalized services provided, such as DNA (lock of hair), video tributes, online memorials? What are they?
Are aftercare services included and what are they?
Does the funeral home own and operate a crematory? If not, who does the funeral home use and where is it located?
Can you meet the crematory personnel and/or witness different aspects of cremation?
Does the funeral director assist the family with arranging religious services and cemetery arrangements?
Is there a mausoleum?
Are there property selections for cremation?
Do they have a veterans’ section?
Additional questions?
A memorial service provides a sense of completion for the survivors. Despite the grief and fatigue, spending time with friends and family is a step in the healing process. Sacred texts, poetry and music are commonly used in planning a memorial service. Reflect on your loved one’s life. Think about his or her values, special events, life’s work, hobbies, travels and contributions. Honoring your loved one will help you understand and cope with your grief.

In most cases, planning a memorial service falls to the immediate survivors. It is also common for your loved one to participate in this planning, if he or she is able. If the patient has reached an understanding and acceptance about the terminal illness, planning a memorial service jointly can be very supportive for everyone.

Tidewell staff members do not make recommendations as to funeral homes or cremation services to use, but they do have a list of services in your area.

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Things to Consider

Music: More than anything else, music affects your feelings and the atmosphere in which you remember your loved one. Select hymns, songs or other music that are your loved one’s favorites and bring comfort or celebrate their life.

Readings: Reflective passages of sacred text, poems and short stories are all helpful in remembering the person being celebrated. Some faith traditions may require that scripture be read, but many faiths are flexible and will include other types of readings as well.

Symbols of life: Share pictures, items from your loved one’s hobbies, avocations, important moments in life and symbols of accomplishments or milestones achieved.

Homily, eulogy, meditation: Integrate the music, readings and symbols with your loved one’s life and indicate ways he or she inspired others.

Tidewell Hospice chaplains are available to assist you in planning a memorial service for your loved one, and may be available to conduct the funeral or memorial service.

Speak with the Tidewell social worker or chaplain if you need assistance with planning the funeral or memorial service. They are generally able to answer most of your questions.

If you have made funeral arrangements or wish to use the services of a specific funeral director, record that information here:

Funeral home:

Funeral director:





Specific instructions:

If a family member is flying into town to visit a loved one and/or plans to attend the funeral service, he or she can notify the airline of the reason for the flight when making reservations. Most airlines will issue the ticket at a reduced rate.

Memorial Form

Supporting families through the many stages of dealing with on advanced illness is a vital part of Tidewell’s mission. One of the ways we are able to do this is to offer assistance in planning for the time ahead.

It is important to have accurate memorial information available for newspapers and the funeral director, and most of it can be gathered in advance. Tidewell staff members are willing to help you in any way possible.

Patient Information





Came to area from/when:

Church/religious affiliation:

Career/type of employment:

Number of years:

Family members:


Major achievements/honors:

Military service/recognition:

Memorial donations:

Other Information:

Cremation Service Steps.


We walk you through our Online arrangements. You can review all of the available options from the comfort and privacy of your own home and call us to make payment. Everything can be easily completed in fifteen minutes or less. We will walk you through it step by step over the phone.


We’ll email you the required paperwork to easily authorize cremation online. Upon filing the death certificate we’ll secure a state cremation permit and schedule the cremation as soon as possible.


At the time of need, our professional staff will respond as soon as possible to the place of passing to bring your loved one into our care. We are usually able to arrive to the location within one or two hours inside our local service area.


When the cremation is complete we’ll arrange for the return or disposition of the cremated remains. We offer shipping via USPS Priority Mail Express, hand delivery within our local service area, or disposition by common scattering at sea.

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Scattering Ashes

Cremations have become increasingly popular in the United States, with more and more families choosing to scatter the ashes of their loved ones. However, choosing the right location is important as a lasting memory in the future. Very often people choose to scatter ashes in a location that was special to their loved one, but over time such places may change or even be built upon, changing the location and with it the memory.

Will the Place You Choose Always Be There?

Parks and Empty Lands

Today’s parks and lands, however special to your loved one, may not be around in the long term. That beautiful quiet location could be redeveloped into housing in a few years, or turned into a sports field. This means that you may not always have access to the location or the location no longer holds the same meaning.

Your Backyard

Remember you may not always be living in the same home, and when you move you loose access to any memorial you may have created in your own garden.

Why not keep the ashes and not scatter them?

Keeping the ashes in an urn at home can be a good idea in some cases, however, if you keep ashes at home other family members may feel excluded or regret not having a special place to visit. There are also issues of safety and security to consider.

Do You Need a Permit to Scatter Ashes in Florida.

In Florida, it is recommended that you obtain approval from the relevant controlling authority before scattering ashes in a public or private space. If you are thinking about scattering ashes, it is always safest to research the area first, and speak to your associate at Going Home Cremations..

A Permanent Memorial in a Memorial Park

A cremation memorial in a memorial park is an alternative to scattering ashes well worth considering. You also have the option to scatter ashes at many memorial parks, offering the best of both worlds. You can even choose to divide the ashes up and scatter some at your place of choosing as well as placing some in a more permanent memorial at a cemetery or memorial park.

Creating a memorial in a special place helps keep the memory alive beyond the funeral service. Memorials give families and friends a tangible source of comfort, and are an everlasting place to come and remember your loved one. In a memorial park, ashes can be placed without fear of the location changing.

Scattering in the Gulf Of Mexico.

Going Home Cremations can help you arrange scattering in the Beautiful Gulf of Mexico. We can take your loved one three miles out and scatter the ashes or you and your family and friends can use one of our Boats to have a private Scattering Service. Prices range from $395.00 to $1995 for scattering of ashes.

The Cremation Process

The Average Cost of a Cremation in Florida
The Average Cost of a Cremation in Florida

The Cremation Process

During the Cremation Process, the casket or container is placed in the cremation chamber, where the temperature is raised to approximately 1400 degrees to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. After approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours, all organic matter is consumed by heat or evaporation. The remaining bone fragments are known as cremated remains. The cremated remains are then carefully removed from the cremation chamber. Any metal is removed with a magnet and later disposed of in an approved manner. The cremated remains are then processed into fine particles and are placed in a temporary container provided by the crematory or placed in an urn purchased by the family. The entire process takes approximately three hours. Throughout the cremation process, a carefully controlled labeling system ensures correct identification. State law provides that only one body may be cremated at a time.

A complete cremation is a two-step process. Firstly, the actual exposure of the deceased to several hours of intense heat and flame; after which the remains are mostly ash except for certain bone fragments, then the entire remaining ash and fragment volume is gathered and run through a processor, creating a uniform powder-like texture.

The Cremains are then placed in a temporary container or Urn and given to the family.

Cremains weigh about 5-7 lbs. If you want a good idea and generalization as to the size and weight of the cremains, you can compare them to a 5lb. bag of sugar. When placed in the Urn the ashes are surprisingly heavy.

Scattering Ashes and Average Cremations Cost in Florida

In St. Petersburg, , there are no state laws controlling where you may keep or scatter ashes. Ashes may be stored in a crypt, niche, grave, or container at home. If you wish to scatter ashes, you have many options. Cremation renders ashes harmless, so there is no public health risk involved in scattering ashes.

Ashes are called Cremains. Cremains are considered final disposition, so no laws or rules can hinder you from doing as you please with the ashes. You must be careful about scattering cremains on private property.

The average cost of cremation in the state of Florida is between $2,500 to $3,500. This is lower than a casket burial but can result in financial hardship for some individuals and their families. These prices are the average cost when dealing with a large funeral home. If you deal with the cremation establishments direct you can save thousands.

Scatterings Ashes in Florida: Rules and Where to Scatter

Our average cost for cremation is $695.00 to $1,500. We help families with the final costs of cremation by offering lower than average costs in St Petersburg, Sarasota, Port Charlotte, Bradenton, Naples, Ft Myers and all of Southwest Florida. The reason our cost are so much less, is that we do not have large funeral home buildings, hearses, or funeral director staffing.

You can deal direct with the cremation facility, and pay much less, without sacrificing service. When dealing direct with the crematory at Going Home Cremations, you will receive personal caring attention at your time of need just as if you were using a funeral home, but without absorbing the cost of their overhead.

Cremation Cost vs. Burial Costs

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Burial Vs Cremation: Cost Comparison

Frequently, people choose cremation because they perceive it to be cheaper than burial.

While this is mostly true, extra options can frequently increase the total cost of cremation to as much and sometimes more than a basic burial.

Below is the approximate costs associated with each one, beginning with the basic costs and then with the added options that may be offered:

Basic Burial Services:

  • Fee for a basic service – $4000
  • Transportation of the body to the funeral home – $300
  • Preparation of the body – $200
  • Embalming – $700
  • Car for the transportation of flowers and other belongings – $130
  • Use of the staff and facility for the viewing and funeral – $900
  • Hearse – $300
  • Memorial print package such as memorial directories, registration book, acknowledgement cards – $150

Additional Burial Costs:

  • Grave plot- $1000
  • Burial vault – $1300
  • Opening and closing fee – $1200
  • Casket (metal) – $1000 – $15000
  • Headstone – $1500

Direct Cremation:

If the previous costs are unaffordable, there is another cheap cremation option. Here is a breakdown of what is included:

  • The body is cremated immediately after death. You will engage the services of a crematory,  bypassing the expense of a funeral home.
  • The body can be cremated in a simple cardboard container.
  • No memorial service is held.
  • No embalming or other preparations of the body are necessary because there is no service, viewing, or wake.

Dealing directly with a Crematorium

In most areas, you can transport the body to the crematorium and take care of the paperwork such as the death certificate and transit permits yourself.

In some states you will have to hire a funeral director for these services. Therefore, you should look into your state’s requirements in advance.

The Cost of Direct Cremation

It can be as low as $700 and usually no higher than around $2000, depending on what is mandatory in your state and also with who you deal with.

 Additional Cremation Costs:

  • Urn – $250
  • paperwork – $300

If you must use the services of a funeral director, some charge much more than others for the same service or will attempt to sell you unnecessary options.

Therefore, be sure to look around and make comparisons. For those interested, our Cremation Price Guide compares the costs from 40 different states.

Advantages of Burial:

  • Provides a gravesite for family and friends to visit
  • Considered a more natural method by some
  • Required by some religions
  • The body can be exhumed if necessary
  • May give loved ones more closure

Disadvantages of Burial:

  • Normally much more expensive than cremating
  • Difficult for loved ones who live away to visit

Cemeteries can have restrictions on leaving flowers, taking pictures, or visiting hours

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Cremation

Cremation is becoming a popular alternative to traditional burials. Half of all American people will choose cremation over a traditional burial as a way to handle their remains.

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Cremation is much cheaper than a traditional burial. A typical cremation costs about 25 percent of a traditional burial. This might be another reason that explains the rise in cremation’s popularity. Crematories process one body at a time. The machine used to cremate bodies can fit only one body. Many people believe crematories burn several bodies at once, but it is not possible. A body can be cremated in the same time it takes to watch a long movie. Cremation takes between two and three hours. The extreme heat enables the body to burn fast. Cremation has been in existence for tens of thousands of years. Most people think it is a new phenomenon. It is surprising to note that traditional funerals have been conducted for only 150 years. Crematories are held accountable for giving loved ones the correct remains. There are laws that govern the way in which a crematory handles deceased bodies.

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Remains weigh between 6 and 8 pounds. Cremated remains are about as heavy as a small bowling ball. Cremated remains can be buried at a cemetery. Approximately 10 percent of all cremated bodies are interred at a grave site. Cremated remains can be buried in the back yard. If you select this option, you may have to abide by local rules. Cremated remated remains can be used in fireworks. There are companies that will incorporate a loved one’s remains in a fireworks show.