A family can rent a boat specifically for the cause of scattering ashes at sea. Likewise, a circle of surfboards gathered near the shore create a peaceful, family feel for a service on the water. Often families bring flowers to scatter on the water with the ashes.
In a day of expensive memorial services, funeral alternatives provide a low-cost funeral for families in a hard situation. Mortician services are still required for cremation, but the cost of the burial is significantly lower. A mortician can offer advice on how best to handle the ashes for the service, but the process is simple and free in style for the family to design. A clergy member can help guide the process so that the service is appropriately dignified. Family members may want to hire a photographer for the service because of the uniquely beautiful nature of the event.
Alternative funerals provide families the freedom to express their grief through their own means and in a style of their choosing. It's a viable and thoughtful alternative to the traditional service.