There's something undeniably romantic about the idea of being buried at sea, but most people wouldn't consider actually pursuing it. But if your working life has given you a connection to the sea or you simply love being near water, it might be something you're seriously thinking about for your own funeral plans.
If you are, then putting together some preliminary planning with the help of a local funeral home is a good idea. More people are choosing to plan their funerals nowadays, but it's even wiser if you'd like to be buried at sea. Here's what you need to get sorted so you can have your ideal final resting place.
Save some money
Being buried at sea is more expensive than other funeral options because not only will you probably need to hire a boat, but you'll also have to pay a fee to apply for a licence. If you want to alleviate some of the financial burden on your family, it's a good idea to put some money aside.
Find the right funeral home
A sea burial needs to be arranged by a funeral home, and it's useful to find the right one while you're still alive and well so there's no delay in putting your plans into action. Ask around to see if you can find a funeral home with experience or expertise in the matter, and make note of it for your family members.
Think about your connection to the sea
Unfortunately, not everyone is granted a permit. To obtain one, your family will need to be able to show that you have a connection to the sea in some way. Start thinking about how this applies to you, and make sure you leave detailed notes for the family members who will one day have to apply for the permit.
Put your wishes in writing
To make sure you get what you want when you pass away, it's a good idea to have it written into your will. Consult your legal advisor and ask them about adding it in as soon as you can so you can have greater peace of mind.
Look into suitable sites
There are some highly specific legal guidelines on where sea burials are permitted, as the sites need to be a certain depth and out of the way of boats. It could take some time to find the right spot, so start looking for potential areas now. This will help your family move ahead with your wishes more quickly and with less stress.
Consider cremation instead
If it all sounds too complicated or if you don't think a burial at sea is going to be possible, you could opt to be cremated instead. Your ashes can be scattered at sea, which doesn't require a permit.