Originally Posted by JR76
Is it hard to get permission to scatter someone's ashes in the sea? How long can you wait before the burial has to happen?
I actually had to look it up.
A last will regarding a wish to have your ashes spread over the sea (but not lakes.) can be obtained via borger.dk (*) and that's it. It's valid at once. You just print a copy which you include with your other relevant papers (or pdf. files) or a signed piece of paper in which you have expressed your wish to have your ashes spread over the sea. Complete with name, address and social security number. Which you submit to the Ministry of Church (that's done by the undertaker) asking for permission to spread the ashes.
You also apply permission to have your urn buried outside a public cemetery to the Ministry of Church.
You can also obtain a special permission if there is nothing in writing but only a verbal wish.
Once you have these permissions it's up to the family to in this case spread PH's ashes and bury his urn at Fredensborg.
The rules are clear:
The ashes must be spread at least 200 meters from shore.
It has to be performed in a dignified and solemn manner.
It has to be carried out discreetly. - No public spectacle!
The urn must be destroyed afterwards.
This is how it's performed from navy ships. (Dannebrog is a navy ship, #1 in the navy to be exact.)
The flag is lowered to half mast. (In the navy Dannebrog is not called a colour, but an orlogs-flag (after the Dutch orlop for warships/man-of-war.) The orlogsflag is always flying from the stern of the ship.
The ships-bell (the spirit of the ship) is rung lightly and quickly for a couple of minutes prior to the ceremony.
The ship is turned up against the wind. (So that the ashes blow away from the ship.) And the speed is slowed down.
Everyone gathers at the quarterdeck. (Relatives, as well as, I presume, an honor guard from Dannebrog.)
The ships-bell is tolled again.
The urn is opened and the ashes spread into the sea.
There will be a short sermon lead by the captain. (Or another navy officer, but since the captain of Dannebrog is the highest ranking captain in the navy, as well as the Monarch's personal captain, it's unlikely another officer will take over.) That is ended with a communal Lord's Prayer.
Then the relatives will spread flowers over the sea.
The ships-bell tolls again.
The flag is raised to full mast.
And finally the time and position for spreading the ashes, as well as the name of the diseased, the birthday and date of death is entered in the ships log.
(*) Borger.dk - The website where you must handle all your dealings with the state, regional, municipal authorities as well as other public services.
That can be anything from applying for a new passport, change your address, renew your hunting license, report rats, get a copy of your criminal records, apply for subsidies for paying your rent, register as an organ-donor, order transport if you are handicapped and so on and so on...
However, I read an article in the magazine edition of BB this week.
QMII's is having a new captain of Dannebrog.
The new captain will be Peter Schinkel Stamp, who served as one of her adjutants in 2003-2005. He is currently heading the navy NCO school.
QMII's current captain is Christian A. Nørgaard, who will retire after the last cruise with Dannebrog has ended in early September. (Being the highest post a captain of a ship can hold in the Danish navy, they typically retire with Dannebrog being their last command.)
I wonder if the last duty of the current captain, who has served for five years, will be to oversee the spreading of the ashes of PH?
That would IMO be a very neat gesture to a captain who has served and come to know all the members of the DRF well.
ADDED: About permissions.
QMII is the head of the State Church, which belong under the Ministry of Church. It is very hard to imagine there would be any delays in regards to permissions. On the contrary!