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Origin Story


  Pillars of the community for more than 30 years, the Stoops family launched Sea Spirit Memorial, Northern California’s only vessel dedicated exclusively to Full Body Burial at Sea and Ash Scattering at Sea, as a spiritual way to bring support and healing to families near and far.

Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Monterey Bay, Joe and Raina have shared their enthusiasm for the ocean with others since 1996, finding ways to embrace their passion for connecting people with the vastness of the ocean, marine life, and the outdoors. It was the combination of maritime devotion and spirituality that led to the couple’s realization that there was a better way to serve those in need of healing. They found joy in helping families deliver their loved ones to a tranquil final resting place as a part of nature. While many companies offered ash scattering options, We realized that most were simply extensions of traditional fishing or sightseeing businesses, and none of them offered the quality and technology to deliver a customer-centric experience.

With that, Sea Spirit was born, a yacht 100% purpose-committed to Ash Scattering at Sea and Full Body Burial at Sea Memorials, with the goal of creating that uplifting moment of comfort and closure individuals may not even realize they need. Whether families are in-attendance to memorialize their loved ones or attend virtually, each Sea Burial is treated with respect and reverence to give clients the experience they desire.

Joe, Raina, and their family cherish their professional and sensitive operations in the Santa Cruz harbor and strive to provide beautiful, peaceful, and memorable ceremonies to all that they serve. The Stoops are proud of the hundreds of families annually Sea Spirit Memorial has helped heal.