Burial at Sea services have been a nautical tradition ever since the start of sea travel. The practice was born of necessity as a health and sanitary issue as well as being caused by the impracticality of returning the deceased's remains to shore for earth burial or cremation. Sea Burial was performed by commercial, passenger and fishing vessels as well as by naval vessels. The world's navies have developed elaborate services to carry out this solemn duty. Sea burial of crew or passengers is not too common today due to the advanced on board holding facilities present on modern ships. The U.S. Navy will transport honorably discharged military veterans for whole body Burial at Sea, if requested, subject to Naval and EPA burial at sea guidelines as well as appropriate ship availability.
With the acceptance and growth of cremation, there has been an ever growing demand for disposition options. Many families already know how and where they are going to place the cremated remains after the cremation has taken place. Cemeteries, Columbaria, Mausoleums are the most often chosen disposition options. Cremation options include keeping the remains at home while others keep only a small portion and inter or scatter the balance. For those who are seeking another disposition option, we offer dignified scattering at sea services. Perhaps it is the romance of the sea or the image of a Vikings funeral. Is it the solemnity of a Naval consignment to the deep? For others it is following one's religious beliefs and customs. Was the deceased a navy veteran, a boater, sailor or a fisherman? No matter what one's reasons are, Burial at Sea, or more precisely, Scattering at Sea, is part of today's varied funeral and memorial celebrations.
Burial at sea of cremated remains is accomplished by releasing a closed, permanent urn into the sea. The intention is for the urn to remain forever at the bottom of the sea. Another practice is to incorporate the cremated remains into an artificial reef structure. By this method, the remains become part of the living sea environment.
Scattering cremated remains at sea entails releasing the remains either directly into the water from a scattering urn or other suitable container or by way of a bio-degradable urn specifically designed to allow for a gradual dispersal with the currents.