We provide Peaceful Memorials At Sea

Golden Gate Burial Services performs attended and unattended full-body burials off the Mendocino Coast and the scattering of cremated remains beyond the Golden Gate Bridge. We offer a unique alternative in the selection of the final resting place for loved ones working with the mortuary or home funeral provider of your choice.

Time, weather, latitude, and longitude are recorded and we file all the necessary papers with local, state, and federal agencies. We also provide you with a notarized Affirmation of Burial and, if requested, photographs of the burial.

The sea, once it casts its spell,
holds one in its net of wonder forever.
– Jacques Cousteau

Captain de Vall and the sloop SPIRIT

Captain Norman de Vall founded Golden Gate Burial Services in 1973 to give families another option for selecting a final resting place for their loved ones. SPIRIT is a seaworthy 33-foot sloop and is fully licensed by the State and County. Captain de Vall's experience and love of the sea ensure that the deceased will receive a respectful and beautiful service.

    "After more than fifty years, I find each new day on the water as moving and meaningful as the first. My life of sailing brings me to this deeply satisfying work, giving comfort to those who grieve by honoring their loved ones with a sea burial."
– Captain Norman de Vall

I am forever walking upon these shores,
Betwixt the sand and the foam,
The high tide will erase my foot-prints,
And the wind will blow away the foam.
But the sea and shore will remain forever.
– Kahlil Gibran

"My family and I recently had the experience of scattering our dad's ashes out to sea by sailing out of Sausalito with Norman deVall of Golden Gate Burial Services. I recommend this as a truly unique way to say goodbye to a family member, friend, or pet. And, a sail beyond the Gate is a "bucket list" experience."

antique (pre-bridge) nautical chart

Sloop HAVEN preparing to pass beneath the Golden Gate Bridge

Our Services

Deciding how to honor a loved one can be a difficult decision. Whether a full body burial at sea off the Mendocino Coast or the scattering of ashes in the open ocean outside the Golden Gate is a beautiful way to say goodbye and provide a memorable resting place.

Video memorial
In addition to the above, a DVD of the voyage from our harbor in San Francisco Bay to the burial site beyond the Golden Gate Bridge is provided.

Special Needs
We can arrange for burial on a specified day or date –price upon request

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