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Burial At Sea Poem – There Is No Death

 
I am standing on the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts fo rthe blue ocean. she is an object of beauty and strength, and i stand and watch her until at length shes is a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says, “There!  She’s gone!”  Gone where?   Gone from my sight, that is all.  She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side, and she is just as able to bear her load of living weight to her destined harbor.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.  And just at the moment when someone at my side says, There!  She’s gone! there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, “There she comes!”
And that is dying.

Henry Jackson van Dyke[Adapted from 'A Parable of Immortality' by Henry Jackson van Dyke. It is reported that the last four words were added by an unknown source.
Born November 10, 1852, in Germantown, Pennsylvania, and educated in theology at Brooklyn Polytechnic, Princeton, and Berlin, Henry Jackson van Dyke worked twenty years as a minister, first in Newport, Rhode Island, from 1879 to 1883 and next in New York until 1899. His Christmas sermons, his essays, and his short stories made him a popular writer. His poems reveal a classical education as well as a common touch in matters of faith. He became Professor of English Literature at Princeton in 1900. In 1907, he wrote the still [...]

Prayer – Mother Teresa Burial At Sea Prayer

 It is only by dying with you that we can rise with You
Lord, help us to see in your crucifixion and resurrection an example of how to endure and seemingly to die in the agony and conflict of daily life, so that we may live more fully and creatively. You accepted patiently and humbly the rebuffs of human life, as well as the tortures of your crucifixion and passion. Help us to accept the pains and conflicts that come to us each day as opportunities to grow as people and become more like you. Enable us to go through them patiently and bravely, trusting that you will support us. Make us realize that it is only by frequent deaths of ourselves and our self- centered desires that we can come to live more fully; for it is only by dying with you that we can rise with you.

Notabal People Buried At Sea

John F. Kennedy jr.
1960 – 1999

Vincent Price
1911 – 1993

Robert Mitchum
1917 – 1997

L. Ron Hubbard
1911 – 1986

Ingrid Bergman
1915 – 1985

Jerry Garcia
1943 – 1995

Rock Hudson
1925 – 1985

Janis Joplin
1943 – 1970

Steve Mcqueen
1930 – 1980

Dennis Wilson
1944 – 1983
 

Ash Scattering Prayer – Comfort Prayer

God still sits on the throne. Each of you is going through a tough time right now, but God is getting ready to bless you in a way that only He can. Keep the faith.
This prayer is powerful, and prayer is one of the best gifts we receive. There is no cost but a lot of rewards. Let’s continue to pray for one another.
Here is the prayer:
Father, I ask You to bless my friends, relatives and buddies. Show them a new revelation of Your love and power.
Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit at this very moment.
Where there is pain, give them Your peace and mercy.
Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence through Your grace.
Bless their homes, family, finances, their goings and their comings.
In Jesus’ precious name.

Funeral and Burial at Sea – How to write a eulogy

We want to help demonstrate how to write a eulogy by utilizing two different methods. We have a sample of a written eulogy for you to review below.

The eulogy is the focal point of a funeral service. It illustrates a picture of the deceased and makes the service personal by sharing the memories with all who attend. It should help remember and affirm your loved one while giving value and honor to his or her character, by sharing about how he or she lived life and touched others.

A eulogy can be presented in a few different ways:

1. You can elicit personal remembrances from specific guests. Usually the guest would share a brief word and you can choose 5-6 family or friends to each share a personal experience or remembrance of your loved one. This allows several people to provide a eulogy but split up in portions as opposed to having one person provide the whole eulogy.

2. You or another appropriate person at your request, can offer a personal remembrance of your loved one. Often this is done by a son or daughter on behalf of a whole family. Having one person provide the eulogy draws from their own information and memories and usually last 5-10 minutes in length. You can also gather information from family and friends and weave that information into a moving and wonderful sharing time about your loved one.

You may be in the midst of funeral preparations and arrangements and do not have the time or effort to gather information and write a short speech. A method that can be [...]

Burial At Sea Poem – Prayer of the Dead at Sea

UNTO Almighty God we commend the soul of our brother departed, and we commit his body to the deep; in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection unto eternal life, through our Lord Jesus Christ; at whose coming in glorious majesty to judge the world, the sea shall give up her dead; and the corruptible bodies of those who sleep in him shall be changed, and made like unto his glorious body; according to the mighty working whereby he is able to subdue all things unto himself.

I AM the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he
live: and who soever liveth and believeth in me, shall never die. I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he
shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and though this body be destroyed, yet shall I see God: whom I
shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger. We brought nothing into this world,
and it is certain we can carry nothing out. The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

-1928 BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER

Burial At Sea Poem – Be Comforted in Burial

My life is ended here
At peace with the sea.
The Lord has called me home and I am free
To go peacefully.
Don’t mourn my passing as I am now in the presence of the Glory of God. His bright love is abundant and his promises are real.
I will wait here for you dear ones in Jesus’s arms and watch over you with him until you also come home.
Be comforted loved ones.
Capt. Chad Theesfeld

How to plan for a funeral

The purpose of a funeral is to give meaning to a person’s life. It’s an opportunity for family and friends to gather and remember the deceased while offering support and comfort to one another. Planning a funeral can be an emotional process with several legal and financial matters to consider. Taking these steps can help you as you plan, whether you are planning your own funeral or that of a loved one.

Here’s How:

Plan Ahead (if possible)
You can plan your own funeral, and even pay for it, well in advance of your death.
If you are caring for a loved one who is dying, you, also, can plan the funeral in advance. Planning ahead is a good idea, as it’s more difficult to make decisions when you’re already grieving their death.

Cover the Cost
Paying for the funeral in advance may appeal to those individuals who prefer not to burden their families with difficult decisions and funeral costs.
You don’t necessarily need to pay for services in advance but can still set money aside, so as not to burden family members financially, by setting up a payable-on-death (POD) account at your bank. When you set up this type of account, you name the person you want to handle you arrangements as the beneficiary. These accounts don’t have to go through probate and the money goes directly to the beneficiary at the time of death.

Make Your Wishes Known
If you’re planning your own, talk with your family about your funeral wishes to make sure they know what you want. Having a verbal conversation about your wishes will paint a better picture for your loved [...]

Where do the ashes go once they are in the water?

Cremains (ashes) typically find their way to the warm ocean currents of the northerly traveling Gulf Stream. The Gulf Stream is the western boundary current of the N. Atlantic and transports significant amount of warm water (heat) pole ward. The core of the Gulf Stream current is about 55 miles wide and has peak velocities greater than 5 knots or 6+ mph.

History of Scattering the Ashes

Scholars today generally agree that cremation probably began in any real sense during the early Stone Age – around 3000 B.C. – and most likely in Europe and the Near East.

During the late Stone Age cremation began to spread across Northern Europe as evidenced by finds of decorative urns in Western Russia among the Slavic peoples. With the advent of the Bronze Age, 2500 – 1500 BC, cremation moved into the British Isles and into what is now Spain & Portugal. Cemeteries for cremation developed in Hungary and northern Italy, spreading to Northern Europe and Ireland.

In the Mycenaean Age – circa 1000 B.C. – cremation became an integral part of the elaborate Grecian burial custom. In fact, it became the dominant mode of disposition by the time of Homer in 800 B.C. and was actually encouraged for reasons of health and expedient burial of slain warriors in this battle ravaged country. Following this Grecian trend, the early Romans probably embraced cremation some time around 600 B.C. and it apparently became so prevalent that an official decree had to be issued in the mid 5th century against the cremation of bodies within the city.

By theScholars today generally agree that cremation probably began in any real sense during the early Stone Age – around 3000 B.C. – and most likely in Europe and the Near East.

During the late Stone Age cremation began to spread across Northern Europe as evidenced by finds of decorative urns in Western Russia among the Slavic peoples. With the advent of the Bronze Age, 2500 – 1500 BC, cremation moved into the British Isles and into what is now Spain & Portugal. Cemeteries for cremation developed [...]

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