Guide To Water Burial : Types & Costs – Titan Casket

Water Burial: How Does it Work, Types & Cost

Water Burial: How Does it Work, Types & Cost

Key Insights

  • Spreading your loved one’s ashes over a water body is the most affordable disposal of their remains by water.
  • Sending a casket into the sea and underwater is the most expensive water burial option.
  • The materials used to contain the ashes or remains of the body are made of special materials.
  • Members of the Navy are generally always buried through a water burial.

What Is A Water Burial?

As the name suggests, water burial is the disposition of a loved one’s remains into a body of water. There are several types of sea burials. These may include scattering their ashes over the water or placing them into a water-soluble or biodegradable urn and then immersing it in water or placing the body in a casket and submerging it.  The water body selected is often a river or the sea. For the latter, the casket must be constructed to be sent easily adrift. A boat may also be used to transport it up to the burial site at sea. Again, natural-degradable material is used for the casket, allowing faster decomposition. 

Requirements For A Physical Burial At Sea

The process of physically burying a body at sea involves meeting specific requirements, checks, regulations and compliances. If you are interested in learning more about these prerequisites, read ahead. You must also consider hiring a professional funeral company to guide you through a hassle-free arrangement process. 

Costs Of A Buried At Sea

Depending on your funeral plan and what you envision for your sea funeral, costs may vary. If you are planning for a full-body burial, the burial location, services and funeral company fees will be a part of your costs. Boat/ship rental and the coffin you choose will affect your costs significantly. There is also the cost of relocating the body from the funeral home to the water site.  The flowers and arrangement you decide on will also affect your costs. 

Coffins For Sea Burials

  • They must have no copper, plastic, lead makeup or finishing. 
  • They should be biodegradable. 
  • To ensure the coffin will sink, it must have 50 drilled holes.
  • A weight can be an additional element to balance it. 
  • Weights, adding up to about 440 pounds, must be placed at the base of the coffin. 
  • Softwood is an excellent choice of material for a coffin burial.
  • The body of your loved one will have to be enveloped in a shroud or contained in a stainless steel casket.

We Are Available To Answer All Your Questions On Your Preferred Platform!