Burial at Sea

Scattering Ashes at Sea

Whether you have recently lost a loved one, or have inherited remains that were entrusted to your care, thank you for visiting our site. Scattering ashes at sea has become a time honored tradition and we will help memorialize your loved one. At Rest Ashured, we want you to know that we take the process of ash scattering very seriously. Whether it’s Burial at Sea or the dedication of a dogwood tree in honor of the deceased, it is truly an honor to walk alongside others during this journey to a loved one’s final resting place. If you have any questions about the scattering ashes laws and regulations, burial at sea costs, or are looking for ideas for ash scattering ceremonies, please know that we’re simply a phone call away.

Burial at Sea: Scattering Ashes in the Outer Banks

For those wanting their loved one to rest at sea, we offer to scatter their ashes off the shores of North Carolina’s Outer Banks (OBX).  The string of islands, laid end-to-end just off the coast of North Carolina and a portion of Virginia, are beloved for their stunning beaches, rich history, pleasant weather, and diverse wildlife. Rest Ashured has the proper license required for burial at sea, and can help you plan a dignified ash scattering ceremony to create a memorable experience for family and friends.

Ash scattering services can be used for either loved ones or pets. Whichever it is, you can scatter ashes at sea with dignity.

So what is the Outer Banks?

The Outer Banks (‘OBX’) is a 200-mile string of peninsulas and barrier islands that separates mainland North Carolina from the expansive Atlantic Ocean. For most though, it is more than just a string of beach communities, it’s a patchwork of rich history and culture.  From the first English settlement in the New World to Blackbeard himself, OBX has roots. Many resident families have been there for generations. It can even boast as the birthplace of aviation, with the Wright Brothers first taking flight from one of their very own dunes in Kitty Hawk!

  • Linda | Oakton, VA
    My experience with Rest Assured made the burial at sea of my best friends ashes painless at a time of great sadness and grief.
    Linda | Oakton, VA
  • James | Annandale, VA
    Thank you Rest Ashured for your professionalism and for the services you provide to those of us seeking burials at sea.
    James | Annandale, VA


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How it Works:

We can’t remove the sadness of your loss. But we can remove the extra steps involved in laying a loved one to rest once your family and friends have said their goodbyes. We truly do want to make this as easy as possible. Below are the simple steps to carry you through the entire process.

Once you have selected and purchased a scattering option, you will receive a package in the mail with all the necessary materials to properly send your loved one’s remains to Rest Ashured. Our package will include the boxes, label, instruction, tape… Everything. Your only part in this process is following the packing instructions and sending it to us. We will also complete the necessary forms to be submitted to the EPA for sea burials. We’ve thought of everything, so you don’t have to.

NOTE: If you prefer, we can offer a personal pick-up if shipping is not an option. Please call us for the details.

When we receive the package from you, we will respectfully scatter the ashes on the open sea off the coast of the Outer Banks, according to the EPA guidelines. We will then send you a Certificate of Release that includes the date and location of the scattering.

It’s important to note that ashes can only be scattered when the boat captain feels it is safe to do so.  They must be at least 3 miles off shore, and sometimes the waters can be rough that far out, even when there is no visible storm. The hurricane season for the Outer Banks runs from June 1st through November 30th.  So there is a possibility that your ashes won’t technically be scattered right away.

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?

Isaiah 40:12

About Us and Why we Began:

We are a small family-owned business dedicated to honoring God and all His creation. One way we feel we can best do that is to offer the land He has blessed us with to others in their time of grief and/or need of a final resting place. Our goal is to provide excellent communication with anyone who contacts us, and to perform an honorable scattering of their loved one’s ashes.

It was after the death and cremation of a close relative, and thinking of how thankful we were to have a place to scatter the ashes of our loved ones, that we began to consider how others who didn’t have such a place might feel. What were their options? After much consideration and prayer, we felt we had finally discovered the reason why we were blessed with such an amazing piece of land.

Initially, our focus was on those who had inherited ashes – people that were looking for an affordable and honorable place to lay them to rest. We wanted to fill that need while also providing legal, simple, and beautiful options. Then, as we talked with family, friends, and coworkers, we discovered that many people are now choosing cremation over burial – many more than we had expected. The reasons ranged from the expense of burials to the transient nature of our society now. (Whereas generations of a family would all be buried in the same cemetery, people are now much less likely to stay in their hometown.) And many expressed their desire to be scattered in a natural location versus an urn or mausoleum.

And finally, after realizing that we could donate more of our time and money to charitable organizations that we support, it became an obvious answer to the question that started out about the needs of others. We had come full circle and not even realized it… We could serve others at the beginning and the end of this process. And so Rest Ashured was born.

100% of our profits are dedicated to enriching the lives of others in need.