Some Answers to Questions about Sea Services
Many of these questions were received on line from prospective clients. With their permission, they are reproduced with their replies below. Click on a question below for an answer. The answers will open under the question.
If you contact Sea Services before you received the cremated remains, we can coordinate the crematory or funeral director's transportation directly to us. If you have cremated remains, simply insert your check and our Authorization Form inside the outer shipping container, and mail to Sea Services via U.S. Registered mail. While shipping is not within our control, over a decade of experience has proven this method of shipment to be reliable. You can have an authorization form sent to you by following this link, or go to this page and print a form.
1. The service should be performed by a licensed Coast Guard Master. He has earned his license as a sea captain through rigorous testing and through logged voyages. His log and license are federal documents, which he must preserve and which are governed by federal law. He would not put them at risk.
2. A scattering performed in the ocean to EPA regulations is reported to the Environmental Protection Agency. The report includes specific information about the deceased. It would be a crime to falsify these documents. Burials performed in bays or inlets, where permitted by law, may not require this reporting.
3. The reputation of the firm and its success is based solely on its credibility. No reputable firm, with its considerable investments in its business, advertising, trust building and repeat funeral home clients would risk it all by being dishonest. Actually, a reputable firm will have standards and practices in effect to insure that no false clams can be made against them.
4. Performing sea burials are not difficult, and can be performed by anyone with a boat and knowledge of the sea. A reputable firm has access to a fleet of vessels and usually owns several themselves. As anyone with a love of boating knows, owners of boats spend much time on them. Quite simply, it is easier to perform the burial at sea than not to do it and attempt to weave the web of deception necessary to falsify the event. We are on boats every day and we have performed scatterings often daily during the past decade. Our credentials are impeccable. We have never received a complaint. It is understandable, however, that many families, in final preparations, want assurances that the service is properly performed. To some, this assurance comes only through their own personal witnessing of the event. For those, a charter service is easily provided. When an individual wishes to witness the burial alone or with a small group, the service can be performed conveniently and quite affordably. Rather than live with doubts or questions of the validity of a service performed, the extra cost involved in witnessing the service personally is a small price to pay. We will work with you to make this possible if it is important to you.Please call us if you have any other specific questions. We be glad to discuss this with you further.
Sea Services maintains offices in Babylon Village, Long Island, New York and Jupiter, Florida. We have affiliates, licensed by the U. S. Coast Guard, or by state agencies, where required, at virtually port in America. We even provide services off the coast of Ireland and in the Holy Land. Scatterings may be performed virtually anywhere worldwide by air or sea. Call us with your specific wishes. Our most popular site is within view of the Fire Island Lighthouse in the North Atlantic Ocean one of the world's most beautiful seashores. We'll work hard to arrange a dignified, affordable service in the area of your choice.
Burial at sea dates back thousands of years. A final disposition with the ocean's elements has been a traditional desire of many. In these times with scarcity and high cost of cemetery space, many more are turning to the more natural burial at sea. This alternative to traditional burial is most affordable. Many notable people have selected the ocean as their final resting place. The eternal cycles of the ocean's water, the conservation of the land space as well as the shortage of cemetery plots are all reasons cited for selecting sea scattering. Most of Sea Service's families just love the ocean, and can find no better final disposition for their earthly remains. To read about the U. S. Navy's long traditions of sea burial, click here.
Virtually anyone with a boat can perform a burial at sea. Because of this, you must make certain that the people you trust with this service are competent, reputable and experienced. Try to answer these questions.
- Is burial at sea the company's only business?
- Is the boat carefully selected for your group and Coast Guard certified to safely carry the number of people in your party?
- Does the company carry insurance?
- Will the burial be performed within 30 days Or will the company hold the remains for up to a year when they have many burials to perform?
- Is the company known and respected in the funeral profession?
- Are they considered experts in the field by major newspapers?
- Have they been in business under the same name for a number of years?
- Are those involved in burial at sea licensed Coast Guard Masters?
- Are your phone calls answered by knowledgeable professionals, or by an answering machine?
- Are your calls welcomed any time of day or night?
- Are all your questions answered to your satisfaction?
Sea Services has meet these requirements for over a decade. In these times when personal service is often difficult to find, we trust you will find our service to your satisfaction.
Our Web Site contains more than fifty pages and includes answers to questions about religious customs, free veterans' services and links to other informative web sites. The Sea Services organization has been featured on television, radio and in many national newspapers, such as the New York Times, Newsday and USA Today. Use the convenient "drop down menu" atop any age to visit other pages on our site, or use the links on the bottom of this page. Or read what the New York Times has to say about Sea Services. If you have a specific question, or just want to discuss burial at sea, you can call us anytime at 888-551-1277. We even pay for the call. Or use our confidential information form to ask us an e-mail question.
Burial at Sea is requested by a growing number of families every day. Ask your funeral director to call us, right now. If you or your funeral director wishes answers to burial at sea questions, we can provide them. Simply call us at 888 551-1277. And the phone call is free.
Sea Services' fees reflect our cost to conduct the desired service. Since we perform burials at locations nationwide and in several countries, we must adjust pricing to conform with the local requirements. For example, several states permit burials in coastal bays, while most locations require burials to be performed a minimum of three miles offshore. Some localities require permits to be obtained. Fuel and crew costs vary with location.
Where charter services are desired, different types of boats are scheduled depending on the size of the group and the planned voyage. Much of these requirements are dictated by federal law. Larger groups require additional crew members. In areas with busy seasonal business or in vacation areas, summer costs are higher, as vessel availability decreases. Most large cities require very high docking charges, which also are reflected in fees.
As in any profession, an insured, reputable, experienced company pays its people better, maintains its equipment better and provides a high quality service. Beware of the uninsured or unlicensed boat owner who dabbles in "scattering ashes."
Thank you for taking the time to read our Burial at Sea FAQ. If you need any additional questions answered please call 1-888-551-1277 and one of our staff will help try and answer your questions.