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 the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Topsail Island, North Carolina, and Virginia Beach, Virginia.
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.
Attended Burial at Sea
- 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 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
Virginia Beach, VA
Up to 15 passengers
Outer Banks, NC
Up to 6 passengers
Topsail Island, NC
Up to 6 passengers
*Please note that attended Burial at Sea is typically only available from April through October, due to potentially harsh winter weather conditions.
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, North Carolina and Virginia Beach, Virginia locations available
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.
About Virginia Beach
The Virginia Beach area has a long history as a strategic military center, with three military bases and Norfolk, Virginia serving as the largest naval base in the world. Many military families have ties to the area, along with fond memories of the hundreds of miles of beautiful beaches.
About the Outer Banks
The Outer Banks is a 200-mile string of peninsulas and barrier islands that separates mainland North Carolina from the Atlantic Ocean. More than just a string of beach communities, it’s a region of rich history and culture. From the first English settlement in the New World, to the hideouts of Blackbeard the pirate, OBX has noteworthy roots. It can even boast as the birthplace of aviation, with the Wright Brothers first taking flight from the dunes of Kitty Hawk!
About Topsail Island
Topsail Island (pronounced TOP-sil) is a 26-mile-long vacation spot off the coast of North Carolina near Wilmington. It’s home to the communities of North Topsail Beach, Surf City, and Topsail Beach. Visitors enjoy the patches of maritime forests — and, of course, the beautiful beaches. History buffs love the area’s links to the Navy’s World War II missile-testing project, called Operation Bumblebee…not to mention legends of marauding pirates hiding their ships along its shores.
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).
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.
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.
*Steps not applicable to ‘Attended Burial at Sea’.