Military Funerals at Sea
Organizations like The Last Watch understand how special military funerals at sea can be and provides comprehensive services that include everything from planning to final arrangements. This establishment serves people in Inglewood, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Long Beach, Torrance, Glendale, Compton, Malibu, Pasadena, and Calabasas, CA.
Military Sea Funerals â€“ What You Need to Know
Military funerals at the sea are less complicated than traditional funerals, even if military additions like Honor Guards and other ceremonies are included in the service. That is part of the reason why many people choose this option for their loved ones. It’s always a good idea to make an informed decision regarding this service so here’s a look at what you can expect:
1. What Happens During The Service?
The first step is to plan out the entire ceremony to ensure everyone is on the same page. Organizers take the preferences of family members, the wishes of the deceased, and other such factors into consideration. On the day of the service, Honor Guards carry out a full flag-folding ceremony and 21 gun salute in honor of the deceased military service personnel. This is similar to a memorial service and family members can take the time to speak about the deceased loved one. The ceremony lasts for 30 minutes, after which the ashes are taken to the sea.
2. Military Scattering the Ashes
The ashes are placed inside a basket and respectfully lowered into the sea, which is a very dignified farewell to a loved one. Family members have two options available to them at this point. They can travel on the boat to the military sea burial site and say their final goodbyes or they can watch from the piece as the ceremony is carried out. Both options have their advantages and disadvantages. It’s a good idea to consult with the service provider before determining which option is right for you.
3. View From the Pier
Watching the ceremony from the pier isn’t just comfortable, but also safe for people of all ages and physical abilities. Children, the elderly, and the disabled can we safe on the pier and still are able to say their final goodbyes. This service is also suitable for a larger party of funeral guests as the boat can’t hold too many people.
4. Funeral on the Boat
If the funeral party is small and family members want a more intimate experience, they can travel on the boat to the burial site. Many service providers offer food, drinks, and refreshments along with some flowers during the trip. This can be a great time for the family to say their goodbyes in almost complete privacy and comfort one another.
Organizations like The Last Watch perform these services with dignity and compassion, making sure the ceremony is memorable for everyone who attends.
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.