As some of you may have noticed by now, I’ve been on a roll about looking into different burial methods rather than the “normal” burials and cremations. This time I discovered Eternal Reefs.
Eternal Reefs are permanent additions to the marine environment which have a purpose of benefiting the ocean’s health. The cremated remains of the deceased individual are mixed together with a cement mixture (which is environmentally safe!) to create an artificial reef formation. Individuals close to loved ones are encouraged to help in the process by assisting in mixing the ashes or putting impressions in the damp concrete such as handprints, messages, or even small mementos.
Eternal Reefs range from approximately $3,000 to $7,500, depending on which size of reef you’d like to purchase. Additionally, for us pet lovers out there, they even offer to cremate your normal size house pets and include them in your reef for no additional cost. Your Eternal Reef package includes: handling of cremated remains, mixing remains with the concrete, addition of pets remains (if requested), casting of the reef, transportation of the reef to the site, final placement and dedication, GPS survey to locate specific latitude and longitude of the reef, an inscribed bronze plaque, and two memorial certificates.
If you love the ocean, I would definitely suggest looking into this method as an option for you. For further information, please see the hosting site at http://eternalreefs.com/ (where this information was obtained.)