Reprinted with permission of Nomis Publications from:
FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS Issue: Decmber 2009
MARSHFIELD,MA— New England Burials At Sea (NEBAS), now the north east’s largest burial at sea provider, is expanding its charter fleet by off ering larger vessels that can accommodate up to 400 people with aff ordable, individualized and personal memorial ash scattering and full body sea burials from Boothbay Maine to the Mid Atlantic area (the Carolinas) and to the west coast of the USA through approved affiliates.
NEBAS now offers attended or unattended year round memorial cruises for traditional ash scatterings or complete full body casket free eco friendly sea burials, both per strict U.S. Coast Guard and EPA regulations, presided over by a USCG licensed vessel captain (and a licensed funeral director) for full body committals.
At the Boston NFDA show, NEBAS introduced the industry’s first and newest patent pending Atlantic Sea Burial Shroud® for full body sea burials. The soft-sided shroud is hand stitched in New England and designed as an ocean friendly burial alternative that is more cost effective than the price of a full wood or metal casket. It is suitable for pre voyage funeral home viewings and comes in a variety of earth tone colors with custom monogramming available. The shroud is made from natural materials and is designed to degrade in a few short months offering a true “eco-friendly” sea burial.
Captain Brad White recently announced, “The NFDA show really helped to introduce us to many funeral homes, crematories and the US Military who now are aware that NEBAS offers cost efficient sea burial services in a professional and dignifi ed manner within 48 hours of the first call.”
Available options are ocean friendly flowers arrangements including hand woven sea wreaths and urns. Digital and video photography of the service is available for online photo shows and full documentation of the event. White recently announced that live event simulcasting can also be broadcast worldwide to friends and family members that may not be able to attend but who can easily log online to witness in real time.
For ash scatterings, the vessel voyages three nautical miles to sea and scatters ashes with a customized family sea tribute service. At the close of the service, loved ones receive a commemorative distinguished parchment burial certificate indicating the date, time, depth and exact latitude and longitude of the ceremony so that area can be visited at a later date. Also included is an aerial ocean photo view of the location and a Sea Bottle™ filled with the specific area’s water, sand and indigenous sea shells that are wax capped sealed and hanked with sailor’s marlin wrap as a keepsake of the event. The company is building a network of approved and qualifi ed sea burial certified captains™ on the east coast of the USA with affiliates recently established on the West Coast.
White also added. “Our sea tribute service is not only an improved thematic way for the loved one’s final wish to be committed to sea, but a great opportunity for funeral directors to recapture shrinking revenue from increased lower cost direct cremations by adding a dignified and affordable at sea send off for the family.”
Sea Burials are aff ordable dignified alternatives to traditional burials. NEBAS ensures a loved one a final resting place at sea, while relieving family of significant financial burdens in their time of distress.
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