Burial at Sea in Florida
Burial at sea, also known as marine burial, is an ancient maritime tradition still practiced today. It’s a way of final rest that intimately connects loved ones to the sea. In Florida, with its miles of coastline and deep-seated maritime culture, burials at sea are a respected option for those seeking a unique and meaningful farewell for their loved ones.
Typically, burial at sea involves chartering a boat that takes the remains – whether they’re cremated ashes or a prepared body – to a specific location offshore for the ceremony. The exact nature of the ceremony and burial can vary based on personal preferences, religious or cultural beliefs, and local and federal regulations.
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Cremated Remains: Burial at Sea
When it comes to cremated remains, or “cremains,” they are usually scattered over the sea in a dignified ceremony. The ashes can be placed in a biodegradable urn that gradually dissolves in the water or is directly scattered into the sea. The family might choose to scatter flowers or petals at the same time, and readings, prayers, or other personal tributes often accompany it.
Whole-body: Burial at Sea
For whole-body burials, the process is more complex and regulated. The body has to be prepared in a specific way to ensure it sinks quickly and remains submerged. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandates that full body burials at sea must be conducted at least three nautical miles from land and in water at least 600 feet deep.
Permits and Requirements
It’s important to note that both types of marine burials require a permit from the EPA, and in the case of a full-body burial, there are additional regulations about the type of shroud or casket that can be used and the exact procedure for the burial.
While our main focus is on fishing charters, we can also facilitate burials at sea, providing a respectful and peaceful environment for families to say their goodbyes.
It’s about honoring a loved one’s connection to the sea and providing a send-off that’s as unique and special as the person it commemorates. And as always, my role as a captain is to ensure that this final voyage is conducted with the utmost respect and dignity.
The beauty of the Florida coast adds a serene backdrop for these heartfelt ceremonies.
In the end, burial at sea is a deeply personal event.
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