Most importantly, we are USCG certified as a legal charter and licensed by the State of California to perform the scattering-of ashes-at sea.
Sometimes, we receive beautiful letters from families who have experienced our services.
Perhaps they tell the best story About Us:
"Thank you so much for allowing Christ to use you for such an awesome ministry. The 'Ashes at Sea" ceremony was beautiful. You made us feel very comfortable. It was a peaceful journey. I know our loved one was truly satisfied with the love and care taken during her final departure from this earth. Thank you for your Christ-likeness; it was a welcomed addition to the ceremony.
God bless you! In His love,
A burial at sea memorial service with the scattering of a loved one's ashes is a beautiful, moving, and touching alternative to the traditional graveside memorials. Our highly affordable sea burial memorial services are performed by Pat O’Connor, a Missionary, Ordained Minister, former U.S. Army Airborne Special Forces Green Beret officer and classical guitarist. Our small intimate memorial ceremony is fashioned after the immediate family graveside services and planned around your personal preferences. The day is yours and will be planned to honor your requests within legal limits.
All that we provide is highly personal and professional as we handle every aspect of the scattering-of-ashes ceremony for you. We ask you to consider your options when selecting a specific type of burial-at-sea service. Please review our traditional services, View from a Pier, Multiple unattended scatterings for the Crematoriums and Mortuaries, and Single unattended scatterings.
Nothing is quite like the experience when you are a passenger on a boat. We have a wonderful time at sea which takes about two hours. It is the most expensive of all the options so we ask you to please review all of the services we provide. Budget is important! Basically, the more people you put in a boat, the more expensive it will get. For-profit organizations may charge as much as $100 per person. We are a non-profit, charitable trust so do not even come close to that figure. Surprisingly, you may find that View-from-a-Pier very attractive as well. Please review the section on Advantages. We take great pride in delivering a truly special burial ceremony that will be remembered for a lifetime. Some of the greatest advantages of a View-from-a-Pier service have to do with cost, ease of attendance for the handicapped, elderly, and families with children, and no one is sea sick!
Our services include event planning, help with restaurant reservations, help with bereavement counseling and so much more. At no cost to you, we provide food, flowers and drinks as well. If you would like professional Photography or Videography, we can also help you with those arrangements. We would also like to announce that we now offer live broadcasts of the ceremony around the world!A family that witnessed one of our ceremonies said it was the most beautiful funeral they had ever attended. With the prayers, music, flowers, and gorgeous setting, that said it all. We were all so happy just to have been a part of a ceremony that meant so much to them. We have been so blessed with this ministry hearing from so many families expressing their gratitude and the wonderful experience they had. What it meant to them and to share it with them is beyond what I ever dreamed.
We believe so strongly in honesty, transparency, and in giving. We Are Not a charter boat company or a commercial business operating out of a private dock. We are a non-profit public benefit charitable trust operating out of our office-5150 PCH, Suite 200 in Long Beach. Our boat is located in the Shoreline Village area of beautiful Rainbow Harbor.
For the State of California, the Secretary of State and Attorney General, Department of Justice, and Department of Consumer Affairs have awarded a non-profit, public benefit, charitable trust designation to The Last Watch Foundation to provide funeral services to help the Military and their families. We are the only organization in the United States to be awarded this honor. The State has also given us license to perform the scattering of ashes at sea. If a donation to The Last Watch is ever received, those funds are deposited directly into The Last Watch Foundation.