Testimonial - 2019
"Ashes to Ocean"- Excellent
The Ashes to the Oceans experience that Hans provided for myself and family was of excellent quality. He was kind, funny and understanding throughout the difficult day. We laid my stepdads ashes to rest near a small island just off of Nanaimo. It was the perfect way to celebrate his life. Hans had some very lovely suggestions, such as scattering petals (some of which he even brought himself), to music options, etc.
I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a sea burial. It was a really unique way to celebrate someones life. "
This is a popular and affordable way to say farewell, honour and disburse your loved ones ashes, in the beautiful waters surrounding Nanaimo from the peace and comfort of the Catamaran Shadowfax.
The service can either be attended with up to 12 people or unattended.
Suggested length of service is 1.5 hours.
It can be done in either daylight or evening hours.
All faiths welcome.
Disbursement areas are numerous and we can be quite flexible as per location. All locations are close to the main Nanaimo shore or adjacent islands. We find a calm area to ensure a comfortable service and usually try to turn off the motor, put it on the quiet electric mode or put up some sail. The only sound is nature, wind and waves.
Often an area can be chosen where the boat ceremony can be viewed from shore. This is a place where more family or friends - who do not fit on the boat - can gather and can see the actual boat ceremony from a distance and a place where family or friends can go in the future, on their own, and remember their loved ones. Areas chosen previously have been Neck Point or Pipers Lagoon beaches. At times friends have gathered around the boat in kayaks and took part in the dispersal in that way.
For evening or night services, the moon, city and harbor lights and reflections add to the beauty of the ceremony.
Once on station you can perform a ceremony - of your own choice.
Music can be played or honour can be shown in silence.
We do have Bluetooth capabilities if you have your own music; if not we can play appropriate background music.
Distributing bags of loose flower petals, along with the ashes, is a beautiful addition to the ceremony and highly recommended.
After the disbursement we try to cruise a short time, near the disbursement area, watching the ashes and flower petals gently spread throughout the area, and then slowly motor back to the marina. We try to truly make it a special time. Participants usually bring along snacks or refreshments to make a toast or simply to enjoy.
$85 per person, for the first 4 people and $40 per person thereafter - for
a maximum total of 12 people