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Poems and Verses For Scattering a Loved One at Sea

Mary Hickey

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As you fulfill your loved one's wishes to be cremated and scattered at sea, you may want to have close friends and family who are attending the scattering each read a poem or verse.

Perhaps you may want to open the ceremony with something like, “The ceremony at sea for our beloved Mother is the perfect place for setting her free,
we are comforted to know that she is finally home among loved ones. "

You would then have each family member read the poem that you have given to them.

Some ideas are:

Alone I will not be
my comfort will come from the sea.
The stillness of clam waves will gently drift by
I will be as one with the sea.
When the sun sets on the ocean blue,
remember me as I will always remember you.
As the sun rises. . . go live life as full as can be
Apart. . . you and me. . . but a peace for I am free


Be Comforted

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’ arms and watch over you with him until you also come home.
Be comforted loved ones.
"I shall go the way of the open sea, To the Lands before you came, And the cool ocean breezes shall blow from me, The memory of your name"


A Parable of Immortality

I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch until at last she hangs like a speck of white cloud
Just where the sea and the sky come to mingle with each other.
Then someone says, “There she goes!"
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 just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of destination.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.
And just at the moment when someone at my side says, “There she goes"
There are other eyes watching her coming
And their voices ready to take up the glad shouts,
"Here she comes!"
By Henry Van Dyke

In closing, the scattering at sea ceremony is about saying goodbye and creating an everlasting memory of setting your loved one free. It is up to you to decide what will help you and the people who attend to best remember and celebrate the life of that person.

For some more poems and verses visit

Mary Hickey is an urn designer and thought leader in the funeral industry. For some drastically needed new life celebration ideas, contemporary memorial poems and verses visit her site She is co-founder of Renaissance Urn Company, based in San Francisco. Hickey can be reached at

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