Full Body Burial at Sea – Overview

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This type of service is not familiar to most; however it has a long nautical tradition and is very environmentally friendly. In coordination with our sister company “Funerals Your Way” we take care of every aspect of this type of service arrangement from taking your loved one into our care to death certificates and through final interment in the ocean. 

We expect ocean burial will become more commonplace over time as the cost of traditional ground placement continues to become more expensive.

We follow all state and federal government guidelines with notifications to all agencies and prepare appropriate permits. 

A Disposition Permit is registered with the State of California. Additionally, the Environmental Protection Agency is notified of the event. We follow military standards (established by the U.S. Navy) for sea burial and observe best practice standards when dealing with the remains and handling of the deceased.

Both “San Diego Burial at Sea” and our sister company “Funerals Your Way” are closely regulated by the State of California.

Why Select a Full Body Burial at Sea ?

There are several reasons a family may decide to arrange a full body burial at sea. It is certainly not for everyone, but does provide a host of advantages of more traditional burial options such as:

  • It is a very environmentally friendly process. It eliminates several costs of a traditional ground burial such as cost of the plot, opening and closing costs and possibly casket costs. All these could easily add up to $10,000.
  • When additional family members pass, they may be interred in the same manner without the purchases of an additional plot.
  • Being on the ocean and returning to it is symbolic of completing the cycle of life. All life on this planet springs from the ocean. It is fitting we return to it.
  • Family members can easily arrange a memorial visit to the burial location.

Working with other Funeral Homes

Funeral Home Relationships

We would be happy to work with other funeral homes both locally as well as nationally to provide your desired full body sea burial services.

It is common to transport a body across the country for a burial at sea. Many find the idea of their final resting place as the Pacific Ocean.

If you have not found a local funeral home to work with we can assist with finding one and will coordinate all activities.


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