scattering of ashes

The scattering of ashes on the Dutch North Sea

To entrust the ashes of your loved one we offer two alternatives:

Scattering ashes over the sea

In this case, you scatter the ash directly over the open sea.

Funeral at sea

This means the urn is lowered to the ocean floor by rope.
Ocean urns consist of a biodegradable material which dissolves completely in sea water.

Your Privacy

Once you’ve decided which kind of sea funeral you wish, you can charter one of our ships.
To protect your privacy, our vessel goes to sea exclusively for you and your company. There won`t be anyone aboard except you and the ship’s crew.

Last Journey

You leave the second inner harbor of Scheveningen taking a course to the North Sea. The flag of your choice flies at half-mast. The trip is approximately 1.5 nautical miles: En route you can take the liberty to bid farewell to your loved one in an individual way such as scattering flowers, with music * or delivering a eulogy. Arriving at the burial location, you may scatter the ash or bury the urn. After this, the vessel circles the last resting place.  While leaving the location, the skipper whistles the signal-horn three times to mark the good-bye.  After this, the boat returns to port and the flag will be returned to full mast.

Certificate of funeral

Back at the harbor we will present you with a certificate authenticating the time and the location the funeral took place (date, time and location specified by latitude and longitude). If you have special requests for the sea burial or you prefer an alternate location than Scheveningen to scatter or to bury the ash, please let us know. It will be possible according to a prior agreement with the shipping company.

Duration

The time spent aboard the boat to host a sea funeral is approximately one hour.

TAKE A CD OR USB STICK WITH MUSIC, THEN YOU CAN GET A PORTABLE SOUND SYSTEM IN OUR PAVILION TO PLAY THE MUSIC ON BOARD. WE DO NOT CHARGE AN ADDITIONAL COST FOR THIS SERVICE.