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Spanish family swept overboard on journey to scatter ashes

On January 7, 2014, a man was washed up on shore on Valdovino in Galicia. It turns out that 50 year old Juan Bedoya was with two of his daughters and his brother-in-law. They had ventured out to scatter the ashes of a loved one. While they were out in their vessel, huge waves dashed them into the raging waters. One daughter did managed to get to shore safely. However, the other daughter and brother-in-law have been lost somewhere out to sea, and have yet to be found. The raging storm conditions made these efforts to be harder than normal. This tragic event has come at the cost of enormous storms that have been hitting Spain and all of Europe’s Atlantic coastline.

Scattering Ashes at sea:

Scattering the ashes of a loved one is a wonderful way to memorialize the lost life. For Bedoya and his family, this is the memorial they chose to go with to honor their loved one who had passed on. For them, this was the best way to find closure in the departed life. The scattering of ashes will bring about peace and give a proper ending to the life of the person you love.


Very unfortunately, for Bedoya’s family, scattering the ashes of a loved one ended in tragic loss of his own life and two other lives were swept out to sea. Now the remaining daughter and other family will have these losses to deal with as well. While these events could not have been precisely predicted, taking great caution about when you chose to scatter your loved ones ashes is recommended. It is advisable to exercise safety precautions when sailing out into the waters. The scattering of the ashes of a loved one is incredibly important. However, should poor weather arise on the scheduled day of scattering, be willing to postpone for the safety of everyone.


Scatteringonwwater is aimed at helping you memorialize your loved one with the utmost care. It is our passion to see you take the proper precautions before venturing out to scatter the remains of the one you love that has passed on before you. Scattering ashes as a way of honouring their lives is a beautiful form of expression. Be sure you don’t put yourself in jeopardy when you take the remains out to sea.


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