Scattering your loved ones' ashes at sea is a beautiful way to celebrate their life. Here at Lankford Funeral Home & Crematory, we offer sea scattering services in the greater Volusia County region. Call 386-734-2244, and one of our caring staff members will answer any questions you may have.
Memorial Sea Scattering Service
Here at Lankford Funeral Home, our goal is to provide the means for a peaceful and memorial service at sea. We provide "Attended" and "Non-Attended" services that honor you and your loved one.
Cremation Scattering Cruises:
Vessel's Home Port - Inlet Harbor Marina, 133 Inlet Harbor Rd., Ponce Inlet, Florida
Alternate Service Ports:
St. Augustine & Port Canaveral, Florida
Cruise Times: Sunrise (6:00 a.m.); Mid-Morning (10:00 a.m.) Mid-Afternoon (2:30 p.m.) Sunset (5:30 p.m.)
Attended Memorial Service
Many families have their meaning or significance in the scattering of cremains. When you release your loved one's cremains into the ocean, you're not saying goodbye. It's "letting go", creating that "special place of memory" and "celebrating your loved one's freedom." Lankford Funeral Home & Crematory also understands that many of our families choose to consider ecological values (Biodegradable/Green Urns) when making their end-of-life arrangements. Green burial is just yet another example of our dedication to accommodating the requests
and diversity of families we are honored to serve.
Attended Memorial Service Cruise includes:
The first mate greets family/guest @ Inlet Harbor Marina, Ponce Inlet, Florida.
Embarking the private 50ft motor yacht, you are greeted by the Captain (Insured/Licensed by USCG – 25 yrs. Experience).
Brief safety instructions are provided by the Captain to all passengers.
Departure proceeds to a serene location approximately Three (3) miles offshore.
Total cruise time - approximately 2.5 hrs., but can be shortened/lengthen at the client's request.
Crew offers/serves complimentary soft drinks, juices, water, and coffee. Client/Family are also welcomed to bring champagne, wine, spirit libations, or the likes, for a toast to the departed loved one. **(Cups, napkins, plates, and utensils are complimentary)
Client/Family are welcomed to bring music, family movies/photos (CD), to be displayed/played on flat-screen televisions (located inside/outside) for all to enjoy.
Arrival at a serene designated location, the Captain, Clergy, and/or family member(s) provides a reading of a passage, conduct ceremony, release of cremains and memorial flowers/rose petals and/or any biodegradable items.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Captain will make the "Circle of Life" pass, allowing the family to take all time necessary to reflect and say goodbye.
The option to disburse, additional cremains, of other family members, on the same cruise, is available for an additional cost per scattering.
Slowly the vessel makes its way back to the docks. During this time, crew members will disburse cooling/warm scented hand towels to refresh. Many families also use this time to reflect and take group photos/videos.
After debarkation, Captain meets with a designated family member (client), to resolve any monetary compensation.
Post Cruise - Designated family member receives One (1) Lankford Funeral Home & Crematory "Memorial Certificate" (via USPS) with date, longitude/latitude of disbursement. This gives meaning to many families for re-visiting at later dates and for disbursing other family cremains at the same serene location.
Non-Attended Memorial Service
"Non-Attended” Memorial Cruise offers a dignified option for families who are personally unable to be present or seeking a lower-cost alternative.
Non - Attended Cruise includes:
Lankford Funeral Home & Crematory will provide our Captain your loved ones remains. Within seven (7) days of receipt, the Captain will travel approximately Three (3) miles offshore (required by law).
Our Captain will conduct a dignified and respectful ceremony. (Pictures are taken and provided to a designated family member)
Post cruise, a designated family member will receive One (1) Lankford Funeral Home & Crematory “Memorial Certificate” (via mail) with the date, longitude/latitude of disbursement. The longitude/latitude location gives meaning to the family for visiting at later dates and/or for disbursing cremated remains of additional family members.
Our caring staff is here for you when you are ready to make the call: 386-734-2244.