Burial at Sea: Your Environmental Responsibilities

It is deeply saddening to lose a loved one. To keep their memory alive, we celebrate their life through memorable ceremonies. Perhaps one of the grandest and ideal ceremonies is a burial at sea.

A burial at sea ceremony involves the laying of the body of the deceased to water as their final resting place. Many people who convey their preference for this kind of ceremony to their loved ones have many different reasons. It could be because of their love for water, their pride for their professions or for the particular place where they will be laid to rest.

There are certain regulations that should be followed when undergoing this one-of-a-kind ceremony. The EPA has given its permission for those who want to proceed with this ceremony if they are conducted within certain restrictions. One of these restrictions involves laying the body to rest with non-decomposing materials such as plastics and metals. This would hurt the ecosystem so it is not pwemitted. The EPA also mandates that the ceremony be done three nautical miles away from the shore to ensure that those being laid to rest settle far from port areas and recreational areas. Finally, non-human/pet remains are forbidden from burial at sea.

All these regulations from the EPA are put into place not only for the safety of the body being laid to rest, but also for those in the immediate area, including the underwater ecosystem. Through adherence to the regulations, balance is achieved for the family, the departed, and the sea.

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