Thank you! Spreading Ashes at Sea

Burial at Sea

Spreading ashes at sea stands as the perfect way to reflect the lives and loves of certain individuals. Rest Ashured is here to make the process as smooth as possible. 

Rest Ashured offers both attended and unattended burial-at-sea options. Locations include the Outer Banks of North Carolina and Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The ocean holds a special meaning for many people. Consider spreading ashes at sea for

  • Ardent Fishermen
  • Navy Veterans
  • Beach Lovers

Burial at sea provides a beautiful way to say goodbye at the ocean.

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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.

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!

Questions commonly associated with burials at sea:

(Please note that due to the unpredictability of weather and water conditions, the date and exact time will need to be confirmed the day before the scheduled release. We appreciate your understanding, as the safety of our customers and crew is a top priority.)

How We Help:


First, pick a scattering service for spreading ashes at sea.


Next, watch for a package from us with all necessary packing materials.


Then, ship the package to us.


Finally, receive a Certificate of Release.


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