Life Celebration Package


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Celebrate a Life aboard the Catallac out of Avalon Harbor on Catalina Island.  Our Life Celebration Package includes a 90-minute cruise aboard Catallac for up to 49 passengers and Captain John's authorization and submittal of the required Permit for Disposition VS-9.

We have seen many beautiful Life Celebrations aboard and can provide guidance in planning your Celebration.

Please see below information for Scattering of Ashes at Sea.

Forms Required to Scatter Ashes

Additional Information

All California Scattering of Ashes (whether at sea or otherwise) require a death certificate (original) and a Permit for Disposition of Human Remains (VS-9) issued from the California County where decedent was cremated.  If the death occurred in California, you may already have the VS-9 permit application to be filed with the county registrar.

If you do not already have the VS-9 Permit from the licensed funeral director, you will need an original or certified death certificate in order to obtain the VS-9 permit.  Most funeral homes (all?) will supply you with this form.  Some may charge $100 as a convenience fee to secure the VS-9 Permit.  Worth every penny.

You can secure this permit yourself for a fee of $12.00.  You will need to contact a Los Angeles County Vital Records Office to secure the permit.  The nearest such office is:

DPH Vital Records Office
313 North Figueroa Street
Room Lobby-1
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Open Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Phone: (213) 288-7812 (births)
Phone: (213) 288-7816 (deaths)

To scatter ashes aboard our vessels you will need this VS-9 permit which will be completed by the Captain and which must be mailed within ten days of disposition.  Please bring a pre-addressed and stamped envelope with this address:

DPH Vital Records Office
313 North Figueroa Street
Room Lobby-1
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The finalized permit can be mailed immediately after your ceremony which creates a record of the event and concludes your business with the county.

Note that the VS-9 has three additional copies for distribution as follows:

Copy 1  to be completed by the Captain and mailed as per above.

Copy 2 of the permit is retained by the Captain to be filed and reported at year's end. 

Copy 3 of the permit is to be returned to the decedents local Vital Records District when the remains are disposed of outside the district. If not applicable, Copy 3 may be discarded.

Copy 4 is to be retained by the registrar issuing the permit (usually your funeral home). Each local registrar may destroy any original or duplicate permit after one year from issue date. 

Additional information you might find useful:

 Scattering at Sea: 

 Cremated remains must be removed from their container before the remains are scattered at sea (HSC § 7117(a)), unless a scattering urn (closed container containing cremated remains that will dissolve and release its contents within 4 hours of being placed at sea) is used, in which case the cremated remains may be transferred from their durable container into the scattering urn no more than seven days prior to scattering the cremated remains at sea from a boat (HSC § 7117.1). 

 Scattering at sea cannot take place within 500 yards of the shoreline, and includes the inland navigable waters of the state. Scattering at sea does not include lakes and streams, nor does it include scattering from a bridge or pier (HSC § 7117(c)).  

Unattended Scatterings:

Note that we understand there are circumstances where loved ones cannot attend a scattering at sea.  We are licensed to scatter ashes unattended, however we will need specific written instructions from the individual(s) with the right to control disposition (BPC § 7672.4).