Burial at Sea

Burial at Sea

The ocean holds a special meaning for many people—for ardent fishermen, for those who may have spent a military career at sea, or even for those who simply treasured wonderful memories of beach vacations with family and friends.

Scattering Ashes at Sea

A burial at sea stands as the perfect way to reflect the lives and loves of individuals who felt a special connection with oceans and seashores. Rest Ashured is here to make the process as smooth as possible.

Rest Ashured offers both attended and unattended burial-at-sea options in some states.

Please note that burials at sea are typically conducted only from April through November—although you may contact us to discuss special requests.

If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Thy hand shall lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me.

Psalm 139:9-10

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Ship at sea

Attended Burial at Sea

$525 – $700

Price varies by location.
For couples, we also offer a TOGETHER FOREVER option.

We will put you in direct contact with the boat captain to schedule your trip. On your scheduled evening, you will simply meet him at the boat slip to begin your time on the water. (Scatterings typically start after 5:00 pm, depending on the location.)

Total time on the water is about 1.5 – 3 hours.

Due to the unpredictability of the weather and water conditions, please be advised that conducive weather will need to be confirmed the day before the scheduled release. If weather is not conducive to a safe trip, the captain will call to inform you and reschedule for as soon as possible. We appreciate your understanding, as the safety of our customers and crew is a top priority.

Choose Your Location



North Carolina

South Carolina


*Please note that attended Burial at Sea is typically only available from April through October, due to potentially harsh winter weather conditions.

Or choose our Together Forever option (below) for couples.

Unattended Burial at Sea


Conducted with no family or friends present.

Family will be notified when the scattering occurs.

EPA Burial at Sea Reporting included.

Outer Banks, NC, Charleston, SC, Virginia Beach, VA locations available.

Please note: Ashes may be shipped to our Virginia location, but for unattended arrangements at our Charleston and Outer Banks locations, the ashes must be personally delivered to our boat captains.

For those who are unable to make the trip to the beach, or if circumstances are impacted due to the unpredictability of the weather, our unattended burial-at-sea option requires no coordination on your part—and we will inform you on the day of the release.

Or choose our Together Forever option (below) for couples.

“Together Forever” Burial at Sea

This option provides the opportunity for a couple’s ashes to be released at sea, from any of our eastern seaboard locations. (All of the other details of the excursion remain the same as the single Burial at Sea services.)




North Carolina

South Carolina



Cremation Ash Scatter Memorial for Couples

Questions commonly associated with burials at sea:

Burial-at-Sea Ceremony Ideas

Burial-at-sea ceremonies can be conducted together at the dock prior to setting out to sea, or at some other designated location. With attended burial-at-sea scatterings, a ceremony could also be held on the boat itself during the trip (observing the six-passenger limit).

Scattering Ceremony

Many families will want to take an active part in scattering the ashes of their loved one. In some ceremonies someone is designated to release the ashes, while in other ceremonies, guests will take a portion of the ashes to scatter individually. Guest may choose to share something before they release the ashes, or the group may choose to release the separated ashes all at once.

Lighting candles or casting flowers, petals, or wreaths on the water along with the ashes are all lovely choices. This gives the family a beautiful, lasting scene to gaze upon as they finish their ceremony and celebration of life. There may be music, memories shared and glasses raised in honor of the deceased.

Floating Ceremony

In this ceremony, as opposed to physically scattering the ashes over open water, the cremation ash is placed in a specially designed water-soluble urn. (These can be found in several online sites.) The urns can be simple or very ornate, according to your taste.

After, or as a part of, the memorial, the urn is placed in the water. The urn floats for a couple minutes before it begins to sink and dissolve. To conclude the ceremony, guests will often toss live flowers, petals, or wreaths into the water as one final tribute.

Follow These Five Simple Steps:


Pick a scattering service.


Watch for a package from us with all necessary packing materials.


Ship the package to us.


Receive a Certificate of Release.


Rest Ashured.

*Steps not applicable to ‘Attended Burial at Sea’.