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Ceremony for Sanjid Singh Sandhu

Scattering Ashes At Sea Ceremony

On July 17, 2014, Malaysia Airlines light 17 was shot down. That plane was scheduled to fly from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. It crashed close to Torez which is in the Ukraine. That day, 283 passengers and 15 crew members lost their lives.

Tragedy Hits and Plans Are Made

This was a major tragedy that took place in the lives of 300 families. With a deliberate act such as this, it is hard for a family to find comfort in their time of loss. All of these families had to decide how they would honour their loved one.

One Family Had a Scattering Ashes at Sea Ceremony

Sanjid Singh Sandhu was a steward aboard the airplane. He was 41 at the time of the tragedy. Originally, he wasn’t scheduled to be on the flight.

Members of the family met on September 4, 2014 to have a seaside ceremony. His 71 year old father arrived carrying the urn of ashes. His wife and son were also there. They were met by state officials.

A group boarded the boat to perform the 20 minute ceremony. Some members of the family stayed on the shore as the ashes were scattered on water.

Sandhu’s Wife Paid Tribute to Him on Facebook

In this day where we are able to share our lives on social media, facebook tributes have become popular. Friends of the loved one are able to leave comments on the page that the family can see. Sandhu’s wife, Tan, used her own page to pay tribute to him.

You can read about Tan and her tributes HERE. She shared pictures and favorite songs. Also, she left poems and other words of reflection.


Even after a ceremony for your loved one, remembering them is something you can continue to do. Maybe you do not have the words to say when scattering ashes, but the words will come. Find a way to keep the memory of your loved one alive in your mind. This is part of the grieving process.

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