Sea burial options range from permanently nurturing marine life growth to the short-lasting scattering ashes on a beach. Ashes can even become an ocean reef or entombed in an underwater cemetery.
Starts at $3,995
A loved one’s ashes are combined with concrete and other materials to create artificial reef balls. The reef balls are then placed into the ocean, where they allow fish and other sea organisms to grow and thrive. Having ashes placed into a reef ball creates an everlasting legacy that preserves and protects the marine environment for evermore. Reef options are available on the east and west coasts of Florida. Prices range from $3,995 to $7,495.
(Scatterings at Sea)
Starts at $200, or potentially free
There are numerous companies that will take you out into the ocean or other body of water on a boat to scatter ashes. Or they will do it for you.
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Prices generally range from $200 to $500 to have unaccompanied ashes scattered at sea and $400 to $1,250 for a small group (less than 10 people) to accompany the journey. Larger groups may cost up to $5,000.
Starts at $595
Designed to memorialize those who liked the ocean, your loved one's cremains can be entombed underwater in an artistic representation of the Lost City of Atlantis. Three miles off the coast of Key Biscayne, near Miami, FL and 40 feet underwater, it is the world's largest man-made reef. The unique underwater memorial fosters coral growth and promotes other marine life. Some families snorkel or scuba dive to visit their loved one's memorial. The reef is located in Key Biscayne in Miami, Florida. Prices range from $595 to $2,995.
Starts at $375
Sea Spirit Memorial focuses only on providing sea burials. Based in Monterey Bay, California they create beautiful and unique experiences that honor and pay lasting tribute to loved ones. They offer both attended and unattended ocean sea burials in spectacular Monterey Bay, known for its beauty and the amazing ocean life that inhabits its waters. It is quite a moving experience for those aboard the ship. Prices range from $375 unattended to $1,150 for an attended 90-minute scattering and $2,250 for a three-hour celebration.
Is a burial at sea right the right way to honor my loved one?
What Does It Cost to be Buried at Sea?
$3,000 average cost
Prices range from $595 - $7,495
How Does Burial at Sea Work?
For those who love the sea, a final resting place in its blue waters may have a special allure. There are many different ways of being buried at sea. Some are permanent, such as in a unique underwater cemetery. Others support the growth of sea life by becoming part of an underwater reef forever more. Others are more ceremonial as ashes are placed into or scattered over water.
Veterans may have their ashes scattered at sea by the Navy in a scattering ceremony.
Typical options include scatterings from a boat or beach, but other unique options exist
The most common sea "burial" is the scattering of ashes from a beach. It is free and relatively simple, making it a common solution. A frequent challenge is when the breeze is blowing onto the beach as ashes blow with the wind. To avoid this risk, if you do scatter ashes, do so when the wind is calm.
Although it is not uncommon, scattering on a beach is actually illegal. The Federal Clean Water Act requires that cremated remains be scattered at least three miles from land.
Scattering from a boat enables a sea scattering that is legal, as well as creating more of an intimate feeling.
Some small airplane pilots will scatter ashes out over bodies of water.
The Final Word
Unlike some other options for celebrating your loved one, sea scattering or sea burial of ashes uses all of the ashes. Options such as growing a diamond or most space options use a very small amount of the ashes. Sea scatterings or burials are good options for the rest of the ashes, at least for lovers of the sea.