Memorial services on Splendor

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#1
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Next year we are having a memorial cruise for my beautiful daughter who passed away at the age of 33 from breast cancer. She was diagnosed 6 weeks before her wedding. She was married on the Carnival Pride 03/28/10.

We thought it would be fitting to have a memorial service onboard and scatter some of her ashes. Her husband could not do the Pride (too much heartache) and since we are from Philadelphia we chose to sail from NY. The cruise will also raise money for her passion Children's Literacy Initative (she was a teacher).

I am hoping someone has experience with an onboard memorial. I think there will be about 25-30 of us. I would appreciate any feedback that could be provided.
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you contact group services. the same people who run the 1hour open bar party. it will be run the same way. you tell them what you want and they give you a room that is available for that date and time.
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Thanks for the info.
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Originally posted by *Luv2Cruz*
Found this on the Carnival Forum which may help. http://www.carnival.com/Funville/forums/t/204795.aspx I'm planning on doing this on my upcoming cruise for my DW who recently passed from cancer as well. S2C
Luv2Cruz, thanks for the link and please accept my condolences on the loss of your wife.
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Originally posted by cathyoo
Luv2Cruz, thanks for the link and please accept my condolences on the loss of your wife.
Thank you and please keep me posted on your findings! Thanks!
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Originally posted by serene56
you contact group services. the same people who run the 1hour open bar party. it will be run the same way. you tell them what you want and they give you a room that is available for that date and time.
Called today. Although I don't need a room; yes; guest services will inform the ship up until 10 days prior to sailing to make arrangements. Thanks!
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Originally posted by cathyoo
Next year we are having a memorial cruise for my beautiful daughter who passed away at the age of 33 from breast cancer. She was diagnosed 6 weeks before her wedding. She was married on the Carnival Pride 03/28/10.

We thought it would be fitting to have a memorial service onboard and scatter some of her ashes. Her husband could not do the Pride (too much heartache) and since we are from Philadelphia we chose to sail from NY. The cruise will also raise money for her passion Children's Literacy Initative (she was a teacher).

I am hoping someone has experience with an onboard memorial. I think there will be about 25-30 of us. I would appreciate any feedback that could be provided.
I don't have any experience with it yet, but I will in about 7 weeks. Going on the Magic Thanksgiving week, and we are planning on doing this for my dad, who passed away from cancer in February. From what I've heard, they take the group down to one of the lower decks, away from normal passenger areas, and allow you to have a service and scatter the ashes. Unless you intend to scatter the ashes directly into the ocean, you will need a biodegradable urn.

That's about all I know at the moment, but I should be able to provide more information about the process after my Thanksgiving cruise.

My condolensces on your loss.
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My condolences...it sounds like you have a wonderful tribute planned.
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We did this 2 years ago next month on the Magic. It was beautiful and peaceful. Everything was set up for us. We met at a given time and we were escorted to the lower back of the ship. My father was in the Navy for nearly 27 years. This was his wish. The captain and another person took us. We held a quiet peaceful gathering of about 18. When it was time my three sisters and I had fluted glasses with a little bit of ashes in each glass. We said our final goodbyes and one by one we scattered his ashes of the back. We cried and smiled and said goodbye. A day I will never ever forget.
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Originally posted by Rayefan
We did this 2 years ago next month on the Magic. It was beautiful and peaceful. Everything was set up for us. We met at a given time and we were escorted to the lower back of the ship. My father was in the Navy for nearly 27 years. This was his wish. The captain and another person took us. We held a quiet peaceful gathering of about 18. When it was time my three sisters and I had fluted glasses with a little bit of ashes in each glass. We said our final goodbyes and one by one we scattered his ashes of the back. We cried and smiled and said goodbye. A day I will never ever forget.
Perfect for a Navy man and all those who love the sea! Thanks for sharing!!!
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I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers are with you
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I did this last October for my mom. I was told I needed a biodegradable container before hand but once on the ship was told nothing but the ashes can be put in the water - even a biodegradable container. Carnival also gave me a letter with LAT/LONG of the ship's position when we scattered the ashes which I thought was a nice touch.
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Thanks everyone for all the information. Our funeral director had told Casey's husband to bring back his box with the ashes (it was made into a memorial box) and he will remove some ashes and but them in a biodegradeable container. Maybe I can ask for a few containers so we can each say a special goodbye to her.

I am hoping that I will be able to manage this. I am finding so many things so much harder than I thought. She suffered horribly and I thought I was ready for her to be a peace. But somehow that doesn't ease the pain.

I truly am thankful for the kind words and the information.
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Originally posted by cathyoo
Thanks everyone for all the information. Our funeral director had told Casey's husband to bring back his box with the ashes (it was made into a memorial box) and he will remove some ashes and but them in a biodegradeable container. Maybe I can ask for a few containers so we can each say a special goodbye to her.

I am hoping that I will be able to manage this. I am finding so many things so much harder than I thought. She suffered horribly and I thought I was ready for her to be a peace. But somehow that doesn't ease the pain.

I truly am thankful for the kind words and the information.
This post has me in tears. I pray for your strength as you say goodbye to your daughter at sea.
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Originally posted by prbmami
This post has me in tears. I pray for your strength as you say goodbye to your daughter at sea.
Thank you. When grief is overwhelming kind words and thoughts mean so much.
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Originally posted by cathyoo
Thank you. When grief is overwhelming kind words and thoughts mean so much.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I can't even imagine the pain of losing your sweet daughter. I think you have a a great plan for a tribute to her. Best wishes.
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Originally posted by pungo3
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I can't even imagine the pain of losing your sweet daughter. I think you have a a great plan for a tribute to her. Best wishes.
thank you
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Cathyoo - this was just posted on John Heald's fb page. I did not make the requst to him - but I didn't want you to miss his response!

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Name: Edna _____
Message: Dear John, I thought you must be the right person to help with this which is why I am writing to you. A lady posted this on www.cruisecritic.com message boards. “Next year we are having a memorial cruise for my beautiful daughter who passed away at the age of 33 from breast cancer. She was diagnosed 6 weeks before her wedding. She was married on the Carnival Pride 03/28/10.
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We thought it would be fitting to have a memorial service onboard and scatter some of her ashes. Her husband could not do the Pride (too much heartache) and since we are from Philadelphia we chose to sail from NY. The cruise will also raise money for her passion Children's Literacy Initative (she was a teacher).

What should she do. Please help her John its so sad isn’t it.

Yes it is Edna, very sad and I am willing to help in any way I can. If there are any CC readers here please let this lady know she can contact me here, or my blog or via [email protected] and I will make sure we help accordingly. I send the family my sincere condolences

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#20
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Originally posted by happy cruzin
Cathyoo - this was just posted on John Heald's fb page. I did not make the requst to him - but I didn't want you to miss his response!

John Heald


This was posted today

Name: Edna _____
Message: Dear John, I thought you must be the right person to help with this which is why I am writing to you. A lady posted this on www.cruisecritic.com message boards. “Next year we are having a memorial cruise for my beautiful daughter who passed away at the age of 33 from breast cancer. She was diagnosed 6 weeks before her wedding. She was married on the Carnival Pride 03/28/10.
...
We thought it would be fitting to have a memorial service onboard and scatter some of her ashes. Her husband could not do the Pride (too much heartache) and since we are from Philadelphia we chose to sail from NY. The cruise will also raise money for her passion Children's Literacy Initative (she was a teacher).

What should she do. Please help her John its so sad isn’t it.

Yes it is Edna, very sad and I am willing to help in any way I can. If there are any CC readers here please let this lady know she can contact me here, or my blog or via [email protected] and I will make sure we help accordingly. I send the family my sincere condolences

OMG.. thank you so much and whoever Edna is a heartfelt thank you to her also. I will contact John. Sometimes the kindness of others takes my breath away.
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