Well, just so all of you know. My partner and I have discussed this for some time and this is what I've asked him to do (assuming I preceed him - otherwise, I'll do the same for him). After I'm cremated, he is going to make up little containers with small quantities of my ashes inside. Then he is going to cruise on whatever ships he chooses and deposit "me" somewhere on the ship as well as on the beach. He will do the same at hotels, monuments, viewpoints, etc around the world that we have visited and enjoyed together.
I've seen military burials at sea on TV and they never sent the casket into the deep! The ceremony at the rail had a sheet-covered stretcher-looking thing. When it was time for burial, they tipped the stretcher and the body, either in a shroud or in a body bag (I couldn't tell), slipped from beneath the covering, into the water. I never heard of a casket going, too.
Military can, but I was told civilians had to be creamated, maybe it changed. I thought it would be good to recycle, because fish will eat just about anything. I was told it would be a health hazard. I really like ChucksOK idea. I asked my husband to dump my ashes in the Caribbean. He told me he was dumping me on top of Pike's Peak because he knows how much I HATE the cold. I divided my dad's ashes. Spread part of them on their property in North Carolina and had his friend fly over the Caribbean and drop the rest there. One day, hopefully not soon, I'd like to join him there.
Toward the bottom of this page and on the right, you will see a photo of a casket burial at sea, performed on the USS Enterprise.
Dave, it looks like there are two bodies on the stretcher-looking thing, both covered with an American flag. I see the casket, but it looks like the bodies are not in it! Am I looking in the wrong place?
I have a cousin who is a Navy Captain and a Chaplain. I'll ask him what he knows about it.
For those interested, here is what my cousin, a Navy Chaplain, said about burial at sea:
"Due to US Law of the Sea, all burials at sea now are done only for cremains, i.e only ashes. We no longer dump bodies into the ocean. Caskets were used in peacetime and shrouds in war, (WWII) when someone died at sea."
Originally posted by penny3333:
I cannot think of a better way to be buried. I hope it will continue and that it wont cost an arm and a leg.
Penny, I'm with you (AND ChucksOK), BUT not only will it cost and arm and a leg, it will also cost another arm, leg, torso, an ear or two (unless you're Van Gogh <g>, and everyt other anatomical feature you can think of!