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Lowestoft: Norfolk and Suffolk Broads

Location Somerleyton, Suffolk (between Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth)
Area of operation Norfolk and Suffolk Broads – River Waveney
Type of boat Broadland Grebe. Traditional vintage Broads motor cruiser built in 1958.
Duration of trip As required, usually 1-2 hours but longer by prior arrangement.
Capacity of boat 4/5 plus crew of 2
Refreshments Light refreshments can be arranged on board or at local pub in Somerleyton.
Suitable urns Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Cost From £150 depending upon services required.
Company comments We are able to provide a bespoke ashes scattering ceremony on the Broads from a vintage wooden Broads motor cruiser. Ceremonies can be conducted by a Church of England minister or trained civil celebrant. Although based at Somerleyton, we can cover other areas of the Broads by prior arrangement (additional fees may apply). Due to weather conditions we operate May- end of October.
Disabled Access Not available on board
Parking Can be arranged at Somerleyton

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Video: How to fill a Journey Water Urn

Scattering ceremonies can seem daunting for many reasons: you have not been to one before and you don’t know what is expected or you are wonder where and how.

At Scattering Ashes one of our aims to reduce the anxiety around the ceremony and make it a truly memorable occasion. So we are trying to put as much information out there as we can to help. A lot of people choose water burials for the ashes of their loved one and most use a Water Urn (and urn that holds the ashes, floats for a while, sinks and then biodegrades). And whilst we send out instructions often it is just easier to show people and it becomes far less daunting.

In this video we show how to fill a Journey water urn.

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How to fill a Natural Floating Ball Urn: Video

Filling a Natural Floating Ball Urn

Many of us choose a water burial as a final farewell ceremony, floating ball urns are a very popular choice. They will float on the surface for while, allowing you to say a few words and then sink below the waves.  Although we send instruction with each one on how to fill it is often better to just show you.

We used a sand and gravel mixture, as a substitute for ashes which is a reasonable alternative to show you how it works.

We have an emerging Youtube channel – Scattering Ashes YouTube with lots of help and advice. Have a look and subscribe

 

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Video: What type of water urn should you choose for your water ceremony?

Scattering Ashes over water is one of the most popular 4th Ceremonies. You can just scatter the ashes over the water, but many people now choose to use a water urn to contains the ashes, the reason is quite simple: ashes can be very fine and blow about even a small breeze.

The question many people ask us is with the choice available what are the differences. Our short video describes the broad types and sizes and what to expect -allowing you to plan a ceremony that suits you.

We will be going through many questions people ask us over the coming months. So if you like – either pose a question or subscribe to our channel… or both!

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How long do Floating Ball Urns float for?

Water Ceremonies are increasingly popular way to Celebrate the life of a loved one and there are many types of water urns you can choose from. Each urn works in a slightly different way.

The floating ball is a popular choice for many people. The common question is who long will it float for?

We have put them to the test.

We tested three, with ashes weighing 5lbs (the average weight of ashes for a female), then 7lbs (the average weight of ashes for a male) and 6lbs which is the average weight of ashes. We let thi one rest in the water to see how long it took to break down.

Note: we refer to the weight of the ashes. Note the weight of the ashes and the urn combined. These floating balls used in this test weigh 2kg / 4.4lbs

Results:

  • Make sure the glue seals the urn completely.
  • The weight is not the only important factor (glue was the other).
  • If the urn is sealed completely it may float for around 20 minutes.
  • We don’t think the urns will float if the weight of the ashes is greater than 7 1/2 lbs / 3.4 Kg.
  • The actual duration is down to many reasons and actual timings cannot be accurately predicted.
  • The urn will break down in around 45 minutes.

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The perils of not using the right urn: Galveston, Texas

All too often I see in the reports of people trying to return urns to families. People will commit the ashes of a loved one to the deep without the full grasp of science – wood, air weight densities and the like. In fact, the situation got so bad in California they even have a law that specifies that people must use water urns – i.e. urns that are dissolved to degrade in water.

Here we have a case in Galveston Texas where a man has had three urns wash us on his property [ sorry I am going to have to have an interlude, I was aware on the song by the wonderful Glen Campbell turns out when I listened to the lyrics it talks about the sea – how knew?! Well apart from a million or so Glen Campbell fans. I my head I picture the Lone Star state as all JR, John Wayne and big cactuses – I hate my own ignorance, anyway back to the story].

Joe Morgan a resident of Tiki Island, Galveston Texas, had three wooden urns wash up on his property

”I’ve seen a lot of stuff float up here in the 40 plus years I’ve lived here, but not this,” said Mr Morgan. He told Fox ”This says ‘Rest in peace Iveria Caldwell’ and then ‘Rest in peace Helena Victoria Hernandez’ and this one says ‘Rest in peace Felicia Davis’.  I really hope I can find their family,”.

For those budding oceanographer, out there an interesting fact is that the boxes washed up, one at a time, within a 24-hour period.

He went onto say” It looks like three people died at the same time and they had some sort of ceremony and I guess they didn’t realize that wood floats.”

” It just seems sacred, sort of.  I said a little prayer over them when they floated up because there’s souls attached to that, I suppose.”

“I called the police after I found them.” He told the reporter that: offices arrived, opened the boxes finding ashes topped with roses. He’s told to simply throw the boxes away but he can’t do it. So, he called us to help so these women will get the burial loved ones thought they already gave them.

” I was hoping some of their family members might come take claim to them”.

How very caring of him and mean of the authorities, although my mental mental image of Texas lawman with mirrored aviator shades, does not lend itself to the warm and cuddly. If you ask me… I would make a small hole in the urn to allow water to get in, take them to a nice spot, say a few words and lay them to rest in the ocean. But that might be just me.

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Kent: The River Medway – Tonbridge

Tonbridge River Trips

Kent: The River Medway

Location Big Bridge, Tonbridge High Street TN9 1DR
Area of operation River Medway in Kent
Type of boat Modern electric launch
Duration of trip Any to suit, minimum 30 minutes
Capacity of boat 12 passengers
Refreshments Located in the centre of Tonbridge with many café, restaurants and pubs nearby for catering needs. You are also welcome to bring your own food and drinks on board.
Additional Quiet and comfortable boat on a tranquil scenic river, we can quickly leave the town and to find a quiet peaceful setting, perfect for scattering ashes and or floating a wreath, flowers or petals.
Ceremony Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Cost £100 per hour for up to 12 passengers of any age
Company comments Boat can be fully enclosed if the weather is inclement, bring your own music/equipment.
Disabled Access Flight of steps to mooring and a step up and into the boat, we can use an alternate mooring if the steps are a problem
Parking Car parks within easy walking distance
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Drug smuggling gang use scattering ashes ceremony in attempt to outwit police

Well I suppose scattering the ashes of a ‘bro’ is one excuse to give the Boys in Blue as a reason for being on New Zealand’s iconic 90 Mile Beach in suspicious circumstances.

However the truth of the matter was the bad guys got busted attempt to smuggle in an eye watering ½ Tonne of methamphetamine (estimated street value of ~ NZ$500M / £250M). Sounds like a scene from the hit TV series Breaking Bad doesn’t it?

This bust has been well reported in New Zealand with some great commentary from the locals, I like this one for it sheer lack of moral outrage in what the villains were up to:

“It’s crazy. I mean, we have people up here that do that stuff (methamphetamine), but this…” one said. “They’ve stuffed up. You’d think they would have know what do, with that much money (at stake). But na, they screwed themselves.”

More of a commentary on the crook’s rather slipshod approach to risk management, than indignation at the scourge caused by this highly addictive, life ruining narcotic.

It does look like the bust was more due to bungling buffoonery than anything else, they didn’t know the local conditions, they had had at least a couple of attempts to land the stuff, they had even bought a different boat – it is believed the men paid $98,000 cash for another one – a rigid inflatable – in attempt to get it right the second time.

It turn out locals had also ‘sent them packing’, telling the men they needed permission to spread ashes. I have this wonderful mental imagine of kindly pensioner informing a bunch of bull-necked, tattooed, gorillas on how to apply to the park’s department for a permit, the ruffians then prodding their mobile phone with sausage-like fingers in an attempt to comply…

So with a combination of information passed on and splendid incompetence the crooks were undone.

I was searching for some moral or pithy point. The rising tide of illegal narcotics and the extreme difficulty of effective and publicly acceptable policy making in this area doesn’t make a rosy picture. And whilst one shouldn’t make light of such issues it is a connection to the ashes world I had never seen before – so that’s interesting.

original story http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11656758

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Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire: River Avon

Boat for scattering ashes in Stratford on Avon

Location Based in Stratford upon Avon
Area of Operation The River Avon in Stratford upon Avon
Type of Boat The Rita Ellen is a 53 feet long class V passenger boat. Heated, with tables and chairs.
Duration of Trip Approximately 90 minutes although this can be shortened to suit.
Capacity of boat Up to 32 guests on The Rita Ellen
Refreshments Tea & coffee are charged at £1.00 per cup (in china cup & saucer) and they have a selection of chilled cans and water and a licensed bar.  Excellent cream tea, sandwich buffets or cakes can be served on board The Rita Ellen after the ceremony. You can also bring your own cold snacks.
Additional info A family run business. They offer a friendly and personal service tailored to individual requirements.  They cater for all religions especially Hindu and Sikh families as the River Avon flows into the River Severn and then out into the sea.
 When available Available all year weather permitting
Disabled access & PARKING Yes. Hydraulic wheelchair lift from mooring into cabin. Accessible toilet. Parking available at The Crown Plaza and the crew arrange free passes.
Ceremony Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Cost £200 for the 90 minutes. The cruise can be shortened to one hour for £160 but we don’t recommend this as the scattering spot isn’t as private.
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Scattering ashes Stratford upon Avon

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A sailor’s farewell poem: Crossing the Bar

If you are looking for words or verse for ash scattering ceremony fit for an old sailor, then you could worse than consider the classic poem Crossing the Bar by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Crossing the Bar

BY ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON

Sunset and evening star,
      And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
      When I put out to sea,
   But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
      Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
      Turns again home.
   Twilight and evening bell,
      And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
      When I embark;
   For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
      The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
      When I have crost the bar.
To a arrange a committal service by the Royal Navy – Royal Navy Committal
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Boat for scattering Brixham

South Devon: Teignmouth, Torquay, Torbay & Brixham,

Location  Brixham.
Area of operation  Brixham – Paignton, Torquay and Teignmouth. Torbay to the River Teign. 
Type of boat Multiple Vessels including traditional “Berry Boat” ‘P.V. Funfish1’
Duration of trip Up to 1 hour but flexible
Capacity of boat 12 – 97 persons
Refreshments Available on request
Ceremony Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Cost £150
Disabled Access No Wheelchair Access
Parking Available locally
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TORBAY – Brixham – Paignton, Torquay and Teignmouth. Torbay to the River Teign

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Naval Order of Service

It may be you want to scatter the ashes of a loved one at sea and that person had a naval career. And whilst you would like reference to their service in the the Royal or Merchant Navy it may not be appropriate to use the Navy’s chaplaincy service. There maybe many reasons for this: you want the loved one closer to home, you wish to scatter husband and wife together and only one was naval personal, you want to conduct the service yourself.

The Chaplaincy have kindly shared their order of service with us, it has two versions one is for a service at their local church if the sea is too rough to perform the committal.

Here is the link: Royal Navy Order of Service

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A Bible reading suitable for an old sailor

We have recently been in touch with the naval chaplaincy at Portsmouth and they have been extremely helpful. We explained that many people may wish to be to have their ashes scattered in the same place as their loved one and still have reference to their career with either Royal or Merchant Navy.

We asked what reading from they used during the committal, they said:

The reading we use is Ps 107 which reminds us that despite the storms of life we make it into a safe haven at the end of our life.

A reading from Psalm 107

Those who go down to the sea in ships and ply their trade in great waters, these have seen the works of the Lord and his wonders in the deep. For at his word the stormy wind arose and lifted up the waves of the sea. They were carried up to the heavens and down again to the deep; their soul melted away in their peril. They reeled and staggered like a drunkard and were at their wits’ end. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He made the storm be still and the waves of the sea were calmed. Then were they glad because they were at rest, and he brought them to the haven they desired.

Which, as one might imagine, seems rather appropriate.

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East Devon: Beer

Location Beer, East Devon.
Area of operation Within a three mile radius of Beer (Branscombe, Seaton, Beer) Views across Lyme Bay..
Type of boat: 25’ working fishing boat
Duration of trip: As long as client requires, further charges if longer than 1 hour
Capacity of boat: 11 people
Refreshments: Not provided you can bring your own drinks and snacks if you wish
Additional: SAMBE has the required safety equipment and insurance
Ceremony Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water UrnsWe also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set
Cost: £60 for trip. £60 per hour if longer wished for
Company comments: Sailings will be subject to weather conditions on the day.  Sensitivity and Co-ordinates given of where scattering takes place respect shown for your loved one’s ashes
Disabled Access: Not available
Parking: If telephoned reserved parking can be made on Beer Beach
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Committal of Ashes to the Sea by the Royal Navy

The Naval Chaplaincy Service carries out Committals at Sea Ceremonies for all former Service personnel.

The Royal Naval Chaplaincy Service undertakes committals of ashes at sea from our Base Ports in Scotland on the Clyde (Faslane), Plymouth (Devonport) and Portsmouth.

There is no charge for the committal.

Eligibility is determined on a case by case basis, the decreased should be: 

  • Royal Navy Personnel.
  • There’s no length of service required, but they do need a short Service History and Service Number for checking with the records. 
  • Different bases have different eligibility.

Portsmouth handles initial enquiries for other two bases, contact details:

Telephone – 02392 723000  – ask to be put through to the chaplaincy

Email: NAVYNBCP-CHAPLAINCY@mod.uk

Ash containers / urn?

We make urns to the Royal Nays specification: Royal Navy Committal Urn, we are lead to believe however the Chaplaincy if cost is an impediment they would accept these water urns. You are not required to purchase these through Scattering Ashes, your Funeral Director may be able to assist, although we are we are happy to supply them should you wish.

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Don’t put Scatter Tubes in the water!

Scatter tubes are not designed to be placed in the water.

They are made of a thick dense card, which also has an semi impervious layer of ink, the result is they are likely to float and will not sink for some considerable time: meaning that you loved ones ashes may end up on shore or floating about.

If you scatter the ashes on the water then place the tube in the water, that is classed as littering: as the urn will take days to break down.

Yes the tubes are biodegradable, they are may of card. However the speed of degradation is dependant on the material and the climatic conditions eg heat, presence of moisture and microbial activity. So in the case of a tube choose either composting or burial where is doesn’t matter that it takes sometime.

In addition scatter tubes would not meet the Royal Navy’s criteria for water burial.

Also I would think looking at Environment Agency, SEPA and Natural Resource Wales literature they too would consider this to be littering, although I doubt due the sensitive nature of the subject they would seek to prosecute.

Finally, I can’t imagine that a loved ones last wish would be to contribute to littering the environment where they are to be laid to rest.

So please if you don’t want to use a water urn – you can use a scatter tube, just don’t place it in the water, empty it and take it home.

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South Devon: Plymouth Sound

Location The Barbican Landing Stage, Commercial Wharf, Barbican,
Area of operation Within the waters of Plymouth Sound
Type of boat Our chartered cruise boats (depending on availability) take family and friends to pay their respects, as loved one’s ashes are scattered on the waters of Plymouth Sound.
Duration of trip 1 Hour slot is allocated for this Service
Capacity of boat Depends on the available vessel – Smallest up to 80 / Largest up to 200
Refreshments All our Cruise vessels have fully licensed bars on board.
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Operates all year round.

Plymouth Sound provides a calm and peaceful setting for the committal of ashes to sea. Our dedicated staff will be happy to assist you in ensuring your loved one’s wishes are fulfilled.

Suitable urn  Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Cost £200.00 for 1 hour (under 20 persons)
£250.00 for 1 hour (over 20 persons)
Disabled Access

Two of our cruise vessels, The Spirit of Plymouth and the Plymouth Venturer are wheelchair accessible, with disabled access toilets on board. Our crew are on hand to give help and assistance to disabled and less able-bodied passengers, while boarding and during the trip.

Assistance dogs are very welcome on board and water bowls can be provided on request.

Parking

There are several public car parks near the Barbican Landing Stage. Elphinstone Car Park is the closest, disabled parking spaces are available at this location (see Plymouth City Council website for further details).

There is also a car park on Lambhay Hill.

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Dorset: Weymouth

Location Weymouth Dorset, in the centre of the Jurassic Coast in the UK
Area of operation 15nm of Weymouth
Type of boat 10m 33ft Aquastar Fishing
Duration of trip 1 to 2 Hrs
Capacity of boat  8
Refreshments None provided but you can bring your own drinks and snacks
Suitable urn Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Cost £120
Company comments Fully MCA coded vessel for up to 60 miles offshore use. Sailings will be subject to weather conditions on the day.
Disabled Access  Sadly not
Parking Yes, public parking nearby
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Maldon: Essex

Scattering on the Thames Estuary Maldon, Essex

Location Maldon, Essex
Area of operation Blackwater
Type of boat  Thames Sailing Barge
Duration of trip 2-4 hours
Capacity of boat 50
Refreshments Lunches, Afternoon Teas or self-cater.  Licensed Bar.
Additional info The whole barge can be hired privately.
Ceremony Scattering ashes directly onto the water can lead to them being blown about which some families may find distressing. We supply a wide range of urns specifically designed for water ceremonies. They are all 100% biodegradable and will dissolve in water – please follow the link: Water Urns

We also supply a water ceremony set which includes a water urn, flower petals for scattering, Promises – dissolvable notelets for scattering with the ashes, a certificate to record the ceremony, and our award winning (and rated 5* on Amazon) guide book: follow the link – 4th Ceremony Set

Disabled Access: Access Statement available.
Parking Full details sent when booking.
Cost From £20 per head, not exclusive. If you wish to hire the whole boat privately this can be accommodated for an additional charge. 
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