When a loved one passes away, it’s natural to want to send them off in a memorable way. A burial at sea is certainly an emotionally embracing and picturesque option. Families often do a burial at sea to grant the wishes of their loved ones. Often for those who love the sea, their final request may be to be one with nature.
Depending on the outlook of the family members, a sea burial can be either a solemn occasion or one of great joy. Either way, a burial at sea is a somewhat intimate ceremony as only a limited number of people can be accommodated by the boat.
Also, depending on the type of burial this will be, it may require permits and procedures to ensure the remains are properly put to sea. To make it a meaningful occasion, be aware of the procedures required before making a final decision.
The scattering of cremated remains is by far the simplest approach. Burying a body at sea needs approval from local authorities due to environmental and ethical laws. For this, you will need experienced assistance at every step. This sounds like a hassle, but there are companies offering sea burial services who can take care of the paperwork for you, allowing you to focus on bidding farewell to your loved one.
Intact Body Burial
When reviewing the requirements for an intact body burial, the reasons for having a team of professionals becomes obvious. If you’re burying an intact body at sea, the casket must be made of metal that is four times heavier than the remains inside. Stainless steel chains are often required in securing the casket lengthwise and from top to bottom. Six-inch holes need to be drilled in the bottom and the lid to help the casket sink faster to the sea floor and stay there. The last thing anyone would want is the casket resurfacing.
Generally, a casket must be sunk at least three nautical miles out to sea in water that is a minimum of 600 feet deep. However, some jurisdictions may require a casket ceremony take place where it is at least 1,800 feet deep. Decomposable flowers and wreaths can be placed to mark the burial site.
Scattering of Ashes
Most people find the scattering ashes of a loved is a more peaceful experience. You can do so by simply depositing the ashes on the water surface or using a water-safe, biodegradable urn. For obvious reasons, this should not be done from shore or within a harbor. A burial at sea ceremony that includes music, poems, and eulogies can create a memorable, serene atmosphere that makes the scattering special and heartfelt.
Letting a loved one rest at sea is an occasion far different than the usual burial on land. So, familiarize yourself with the entire process beforehand to avoid problems that might otherwise hinder a respectful sendoff.
How to Bury a Loved One at Sea in 4 Easy Steps, time.com
Methods of Scattering Ashes, inthelighturns.com