Coping with grief is hard enough without the responsibility that comes with handling the details as well. This checklist may help you deal with some of the more practical items so your attention can be better spent with family and friends.
With the rising popularity of cremations, burial at sea ceremonies, or scattering ashes at sea, is also becoming more common. Oftentimes, land burials can be burdensome and expensive for the deceased’s family.
People move, which can make it hard for them to visit a fixed grave. However, having one’s ashes buried at sea fixes this because there is no central location where the remains are located. Because of this, every time family members visit the sea they can think about their loved ones.
A burial at sea, or scattering at sea, is where you either directly scatter the ashes, or place your loved one’s ashes in a biodegradable urn and let it sink to the ocean floor.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and federal law these services must take place at least 3 nautical miles from land. You also have to make sure that you don’t use any material during your ceremony that won’t break down quickly in the water.
Often, your family and friends accompany you on the boat to be present during the ceremony to sink or scatter the cremated remains.
Scattering in rivers or other inland waters depends on the laws and regulations of the state the body of water is located in. Make sure you do research on particular states laws, and don’t trespass on private property to scatter ashes.
Other countries have different requirements for scattering ashes in the ocean than the United States does. Make sure you do your research on their scattering laws, as well as the best practices for travelling with ashes.
A standard burial can be expensive. Most of the time these burials cost around $10,000 or more depending on how much planning your loved one did in advance. Because of this, families will most likely need to save up, or even take out a loan to afford the funeral.
However, cremation and scattering one’s ashes at sea can cost exceptionally less. Scattering one’s ashes at sea costs with Rest Ashured costs around $375, which is 20 times less expensive than regular burials. This adds a lot more flexibility to the ceremony and will be less burdensome on one’s family.
As stated earlier, scattering ashes can be a lot easier for the family members when considering visiting the deceased. However, scattering ashes at sea can make the process logistically easier in other ways too.
For one, there is a longer time table to spread ashes after death than there would be in a ground burial. Once the deceased is cremated, family member can wait for a feasible time to spread the ashes. This allows for family members to attend the ceremony easier, as they will have more time to schedule it.
Scattering ashes at sea also makes the ceremony less painful to plan. A standard burial requires a lot of planning. In the case of a casket burial, the deceased’s family would have to plan where to do the ceremony, where to do the reception, organize extended family, and negotiate with a funeral home.
On the other hand, scattering one’s ashes at sea only requires cremation and finding a boat and boat captain to take you at least three nautical miles off shore. You can coordinate with your captain and your family members to ensure that everyone finds a date that works well for them. Now more people can attend the ceremony.
In general, cremation is both easier and less expensive than traditional burial. Burial at sea is a great option for your loved one who loved the beach, or for Navy or Coast Guard veterans. As long as you follow EPA regulations, a sea scattering is a great way to honor your loved one.