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At Sea Burial Facts and Considerations 

Published: November 7, 2022
by Baldwin Cremation and Mortuary Service

If you or a loved one or researching burials at sea, this can be a great option to choose whether there is burial or cremation Services in Oak Ridge, TN planned. The great thing is, at sea burials have been a practice that has been happening since ancient times, in the process is not a complicated one. We want you to have as much information as possible, so we have compiled this article about at-sea burials to help get you started.

How to Have One

At sea, burials can be completed whether you are in the military or not, and it can be done with full body disposal or cremated remains. The at-sea burial must be completed at least three nautical miles from the land to 600 feet or more. The process also needs to be reported within 30 days to the EPA wherever the vessel that is holding the event is located.

The burials work well for anyone who enjoys sailing as a hobby, people who love the ocean, fishermen, and anyone who feels deeply connected to the water. The tradition dates to Rome, Greece, Egypt, and the Vikings, so historically it is a time-honored process.


There are three different options for laying a loved one to rest at sea, and they include:


Traditionally the naval burial happens when the ship is deployed and is organized by the Navy. The family members will not be able to attend, but they will receive a letter from the commanding officer after the event is completed that includes the date, time, and location of the ceremony. The individual will receive full military honors, which include the closing of colors and playing of taps, as well as the American flag being flown at half-mast.


Civilian burials will require finding a company to charter the event, including having the funeral director for the process. If the individual is going to be placed in a casket, it needs to be completely biodegradable, and no plastics or metals are allowed to be placed in the water. Another recommended option is to utilize a shroud because you can find biodegradable materials to wrap the individual in.


Scattering the ashes after the cremation is another option, and it is recommended to purchase a biodegradable urn for this choice. Individuals will also add flowers or petals as the ashes are released to create a more memorable release for the loved one.

When You Need High-Quality Services, we are Here for You  

At-sea burials can be an excellent option to help commemorate a loved one's legacy after the cremation services in Oak Ridge, TN. Finding ways to honor them can help with the healing process, and if you're looking for traditional services, we are here to help you. We are a local provider focusing on offering our community the highest standards for quality and commitment to creating exceptional services. We would love to help you through the process, so contact us today if you have any questions.

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