Memorial Reefs – Green Burials at Sea
A memorial reef is another new and innovative way for families to create a permanent living legacy and memorialize a loved one. Two trends experiencing the fastest growth are cremations and green burials. Through using new funeral technology, memorial reefs now serve as a helpful and healing cremation option for many families who have lost a loved one.
Memorial reefs are an environmentally-friendly burial option being used to replace the more traditional green burials and cremation ideas, such as cremation urns or ash scatterings at sea. The process includes mixing a loved ones remains into an environmentally safe concrete mixture and create a personalized memorial reef. These memorial reefs are then placed into the ocean. This combination of new funeral technology, cremation ideas, memorial reefs, and green burials, allows families to provide their loved ones with a living legacy at sea.
Some of the Key Features and Benefits of Memorial Reefs:
• There has been a significant increase in media coverage about this new funeral technology, so the media is helping families learn more about many of the cremation ideas being introduced in the funeral industry
• Given the rapid growth in technology and information-sharing taking place via the Internet, more people are able to share and learn about this new memorial services option for a green burial at sea
• The funeral industry is currently experiencing a significant shift towards cremation, so new cremation ideas are becoming much more widely-recognized and accepted as choices for families to consider
• Since most Funeral Directors are constantly keeping up-to-date with the industry’s new funeral technology and memorial options, an increasing number of Funeral Directors are recommending memorial reefs to their families as a possible substitute for traditional cremation memorial ideas, such as cremation urns or ash scatterings at sea
• Another increasing trend has been the movement towards green burials. Memorial Reefs are considered to be a green funeral or burial because of they serve as artificial reefs which contain environmentally safe features and requirements, as promote the growth of sea life
Who Might Choose a Memorial Reef?
• All Branches of the Military, particularly the Navy
• Social Workers, Volunteers, and others who have served
• Scuba Divers
• Water or Beach Lovers
• Environment-friendly focus
• Those looking for green burial cremation ideas
• Those choosing this as a substitute for traditional cremation ideas
• Families wanting a memorial reef located at a place of vacation and memories
Family Participation is Encouraged:
With most companies that offer this new funeral technology, all family members, friends and loved ones are invited and encouraged to participate in the creation of their personalized memorial reef.
Participating includes, but is not limited to, being present during the building process, placing your handprint or personal message in the casting, joining the viewing ceremony, join a memorial service underwater at the memorial reef site, and even used in military funeral planning by placing a flag on your loved one’s memorial reef during a Military Honors Ceremony. Each of these activities can offer a special peace of mind, time to grieve, or help the healing process for everyone involved.
Other Key Features and Benefits:
On the day of a loved one’s memorial reef dedication, family members and friends are usually invited to the reef site. Once the Memorial Reefs have been cast and set out to sea, many loved ones feel this is a wonderful place for their loved ones to enjoy their “life-after-life”. These memorial reefs serve as artificial reefs and promote sea life.
Ultimately, memorial reefs are a new funeral technology that is providing families a special place where they can gather together, enjoy a place near the water, get away for a vacation that has great memories, and be thankful their loved one is where they believe they belong…which is a living legacies at sea.
Before the scheduled Memorial Reef dedication, family and friends are usually invited to view their loved ones Reef. The viewing is an opportunity to see and touch the Memorial Reef, take photos, make rubbings of the bronze plaque and write final goodbyes and tributes both on and inside the memorials.