In this process, the human remains are committed to the sea after their death. It is a type of ceremony that is carried out for a person who has died on the ship. Most people decide for themselves when they are alive that they want to be buried in the sea after their death. And in some cases, the family members get to make this decision. You will get to know more about sea burial with this article.
Who can be buried at sea?
Traditionally, only the members of the royal navy were permitted to be buried in the sea but in recent times this process can be done to anyone. Mostly the people who have some kind of past connection with sea life are buried in the sea like the sailors.
What are the requirements for burial at sea?
No person can be buried in the sea without a legal license from the Marine Management Organization. Sea burial can cost some money depending on the site where the funeral is to be done, the boat charter company, and the funeral director. There are certain requirements that the body and coffin have to meet to be buried at sea legally. The coffin should sink in the sea quickly so the base of the coffin should be made with steel of 200kg and should also have 40-50 2-inch holes drilled. Softwood should be used to make the coffin and it must not contain any lead, cooper, or plastic particles which could be harmful to the water and can affect the environment.
Funeral facilities available for a burial at sea:
The steps to be followed at the funeral and the location in which the funeral is going to take place depends entirely on the family members. If there are many people to attend, the funeral can be done on the land before the committal. But if there are a small number of family and friends, then the funeral can also take place on the boat. Although, there are some rules and regulations for this funeral process to be done. If the weather is bad, you might not get permission for the funeral to take place on the boat.
There is a famous quote that says “The sea is the largest cemetery, and its slumbers sleep without a monument”. All countries have different rules for the sea burial process and there are limited sites for this ceremony to be done. Scattering ashes at sea are different from sea burial as there is no need for a license.