New England Burials At Sea, LLC was founded in 2006 and is the largest coast to coast provider for customized ash scattering memorials and full body burials at sea events in the USA. Based near Boston in Marshfield Hills, MA, the company operates year round from Maine to Miami and on the west coast serving all faiths with personalized and affordable services and is recommended by the oldest and newest funeral homes in America.

Properly insured and USCG licensed, New England Burials At Sea uses over 55 different vessels on the east coast and 31 on the west coast for up to 400 people (some vintage yachts dating back to 1935) that are clean & current with the latest safety gear.  Most group sizes are 15-20 people.  We now depart from over 75 ports coast to coast with 86 different vessels.

We are USCG licensed, properly insured, based out of Marshfield, MA and operate from Maine to Miami and coast to coast.

We offer year round, cost effective, attended or unattended traditional ash scattering memorial cruises, Air Scatterings and complete full body (casket-free using our shroud) eco-friendly sea burials per USCG regulations, presided over by the captain (and a funeral director for full body committals), serving all faiths with personalized services.

For ash scatterings, we voyage out three nautical miles, scatter ashes with a customized sea tribute service and return to port.  For Full body burials we journey to 600’ of water. Distances offshore can vary depending upon port of departure.

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All sea burials include an official parchment sea burial certificate marking the latitude and longitude of your final resting place.  We now use over 86 different vessels from 30’ to 115’ for up to 400 passengers.   All vessels are clean, current and have the latest safety gear and many have cash bar’s avail, media hook ups and more.  We also offer vintage vessels dating back to 1935.

Military honor guards are available for honorably discharged veterans (DD-214 discharge paperwork is required). We easily can arrange and if you also want the optional Live bugler ($100 goes to the buglers across America) versus electronic bugles provided by the Navy at no charge.

Payment options: If a burial at sea event is planned within ten days time, full payment is required at time of booking. If an event is scheduled more than two weeks away, a 50% deposit books your day and time with balance due 10 days prior to departure.

Many folks take advantage of our free $75 rose petal package if you book and pay in full at least 30 days ahead of sailing date and this also guarantees a lock on fuel pricing. Your reservation is fully changeable and cancelable –see your invoice for specific details. 

We accept all credit cards and Pay Pal.  (Your reservation is confirmed on deposit or payment)

The price includes, the vessel, fuel, taxes, soft drinks / waters, up to two and a half hours portal-to-portal if by sea (we go three+ nautical miles from shore) the steering captain / pilot and our services for the arrangements and sea tribute, six signed and sealed burial certificates, filing with the EPA, a suggested order of service (sample sent on deposit) and an “e book” of poems and readings you might like to look through and consider for your sea tribute. We also include an eight-bell end of watch blessing, cannon fire farewell salute or ship’s horn farewell while circling the ocean flower field after the scattering and a Ship’s Burgee.

The price does not include, food, flowers, urns, crew gratuity, music (we can help with selections from our sea music library on an IPod for ship’s background sound) and we can create a mix for you for under $100. We also offer a photo show option that goes live online for one year and you can also order DVD’s from it if you wish.  This is a great opportunity to send to relatives and friends that may not be able to make the sea tribute event or to keep in your family album. 

Your payment books date, time, vessel, crew, service etc. Prices are firm for 30 days or until booked. We are pleased to hold a specific date for you with a paid reservation.


Performing over 300 at sea events per year keeps us pretty busy so if you and date specific and your date is available when you call us we recommend booking it to ensure our availability.


All reservations have a full change and or cancel provision that we supply you with on booking.  We are very flexible as we have worked with thousands of families over the years and they are all different.


Many people ask about weather—we get a good read on that 4-5 days prior to your departure and stay in close touch with you in case we need to mutually amend a date or time to allow for mother-nature. Rain is not a problem, heavy wind and or sea conditions could be—we want you to remember the event not the weather so we are careful to make sure that all systems are go about a week before departure so you have the best at sea event as possible.


Available popular options:


Sea Wreath     $145.00


Rose Petals     $75.00


Journey Urn   $125.00


Additional options for slight additional cost:

Taps or favorite song(s) or both, Door to shore livery service, simulcasting
world wide with internet logins (summer 2019) , water urns, bag pipers, extra
certificates, catering, 10 GA cannon salute send off $15.00, Plump rose petals
$75, select hand picked Sea Flowers $100, Ocean Friendly Sea Wreath
$145.00.  Bagpiper for 2 hours $300 (Abundant “tune” library), custom nautical memory chart™ (11” x 14”) an official NOAA Nautical chart of the exact area showing committal
location $125, Sea Memory Bottles™$15 each, Eight Bell Burgee, $45, Framed
$197.50,.  Photo show with music up to 100+ candid’s create a 3-5 minute long photo show with online access taken by a professional photographer $475.00 with optional reprints available, “lite” version with 25-35 photos (Taken by crew) $295.00. Go Pro unedited video $150.00


We have an online educational series called  “Cap Chats is a 14 part / One minute +/- each videos” for helpful Burial At Sea planning clips by two licensed USCG Master Captains to help and assist families in their decision making of how to honor their loved one’s final sea burial wishes. Topics range from how to select a provider, types of available services, how to scatter, seniors and children aboard, safety at sea, weather planning, costs, unusual requests and more.

You can see our YouTube description of services here: A fire side chat description of sea burials with actual footage of scatterings and full body sea burials by New England Burials At Sea with many answers to common FAQ’s. Full of info on how to plan and design.

If you like what you see and read, all we need to know to check availability for you is your requested port of departure, approximate passenger count for the proper size vessel and desired departure date.  We typically depart early morning or later in the afternoon for best weather time of the day.

Thank you for your interest in our service and we look forward to discussing your needs. We trust that our at sea services will meet and exceed your expectations.

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New England Burials at Sea was founded by Capt. Brad White, a native of the South Shore of Boston with decades of experience navigating Boston Harbor and Cape Cod Bay. Mr. White is a U.S. Coast Guard Certified Captain…

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