Mortality, and Death – these are still, and the stinging reality that humans have not conquered. Everyone dies eventually. No one can tell when or how, but it is given that it will happen sooner or later.
Thinking about death is frightening and stressful and being left behind can be very difficult. It’s a well-known fact: saying goodbye is never easy. Whether it’s your first time taking your spouse to the airport for a work assignment overseas or seeing off your children to school, there’s something endearingly heartbreaking if you’re the one being left behind. And if the goodbye is through death, and it is permanent, the pain multiplies tenfold until you’re not aware of almost anything else.
There may be many ways to express loss and grief in cultures around the world, but sadness because of the loss of a loved one is something anyone can relate with – no matter what country he is from. Nowadays, the modern western tradition is usually to have a solemn affair, a burial ceremony that entails relatives and close friends gathering together for the rites, before the remains of the deceased is taken to the cemetery. However, many people are now opting for something that is not too conventional and is closer to nature instead— Burials at Sea.
In California and in many parts of the world, may people choose to have a solemn Burial at Sea. The solemnity that the sea brings definitely helps people to move on by saying goodbye the right way. This kind of ceremony is fast becoming popular in Long beach, California and its surrounding areas.
Ash scattering is a ceremony of disposing the ash off the sea coast while in the yatch or sea vessel. It is done by having loved ones of the diseased sail in the middle of the sea to give their final respects to the departed. The companies catering to this kind of service provides a yacht and sail a mile and a half from the shore to conduct this kind of burial services. A religious representative can preside over the ash scattering with grieving family members. One famous example of burial at sea is the late US astronaut, Neil Armstrong. With the US navy making a ceremony, his wife Carol Armstrong and the US Cmdr. Paul Nagy committed his remains the sea aboard the USS Philippines on September 15, 2012 off the coast of Florida.
Ash scattering during burial may help you gradually ease the pain and deal with the loss solemnly. For one thing, you and your family will be close to nature and won’t be confined to indoor spaces like the usual scenario.
Ceremonies such as burial at sea is about honoring the dead, easing the sadness felt by the bereaved family and reminding the family that the deceased was once a living person. Leaving your loved one’s ashes at sea is the first step in letting him go and moving on. It doesn’t mean that you’ll forget, because it’s not going to happen. It just means that you’re letting his spirit soar with the wind and return to nature, just as it’s supposed to be.