From Honorable Naval Tradition to Popular Culture, Burials at Sea Hold their Majesty

Sea burials prove to be one of the most popular funeral alternatives

Though sailors have honored the tradition of burying their dead at sea for centuries, a trend in sea burials has only recently developed among civilians—not only in the U.S., but in other countries as well.

The reasons people find it to be a fitting form of burial vary. For some, it is an extension of their loved one’s affinity for the sea. For others, it represents the novelty of being buried in such an eco-friendly manner, reflecting the way a person may have lived. Others simply see burials at sea as more economical and less complex than embalmings, services, interments, motorcades, or wakes.

One thing is certain: No matter what the underlying reason, the percentage of those finding the appeal of sea burials is growing at a steady rate.

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