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New mini ocean reef urns

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Genesis Biopod - mini ocean reef urn

I stumbled across a mention of a new urn called Genesis Biopod.  This urn is meant to be filled with ashes and lowered to the ocean floor. The ashes dissolve leaving the urn to form  “a mini marine habitat for ocean critters” as they say on their website. The urn can be shipped anywhere and individuals can fill the urn, take it out on a boat and lower it themselves. The urn only weighs 10 pounds and is 22 inches wide and was inspired by the shape of a tortoise shell.

This the latest in the ocean reef burial idea.  I first heard of cement artificial ocean reefs created on land with pockets for ashes. Some companies mixed the ashes into the wet cement.    The structures weighed hundreds of pounds and required a crane to get them into the ocean waters.  These large artificial reef structures were deposited in close proximity to each other creating an underwater burial site. Florida companies like Eternal Reef and Great Burial Reef were the first to build and these reefs.  Other groups like My Living Reef, began offering artificial reef urns off the California coast.

The Neptune Society’s memorial reef took the artificial reef urn idea and added statutes of lions and staircases going nowhere to suggest a lost underwater city, Atlantis or something.

Great Burial Reef now offers a individual ocean reef urn that is much more attractive than their earlier cement block version.

Great Burial Reef's new Living Urn

Probably it’s better for the ocean to have the big concrete monolith artificial reefs, but these stylish urns are warm, personal and beautiful. Visit the Product Gallery’s Ocean Reef Memorials page to view various types of ocean reef memorials. – AC


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“Shell” paper urn for burials at sea

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"Shell" an urn made from pressed paper that dissolves in water over time

I stumbled upon this gorgeous  urn for burial at sea.

It’s made by Lots and Swedish design company. Messages can be written on the urn and there is a small pocket on the top to place sentimental objects.

I don’t know of any companies in the USA that carry the Shell urn, but I’ll look around.  Shell would make a fantastic addition to the Product Gallery’s urn collection.  People shopping for a biodegradable urn will love this elegant design. Again we’re all about presenting people with funeral planning choices.

I like it, but some may feel it looks like something out of a science fiction movie.  – AC

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Ladies in White, a unique ash scattering service

The Ladies in White - ash scattering service in the wildlands of Montana

The Ladies in White - ash scattering service in the wild lands of Montana

Ladies in White  is yet another wonderful and unique option for people choosing cremation —  ashes scattered by hand in the mountains by a committed group of sincere women wearing all white. You know these women care. You can feel it from their website.  And you know they’ll strive to fulfill a family’s wishes on where and how the scattering is completed.

Here’s how they describe themselves:

Ladies in White, LLC, is a company of women that works to grant the final wishes of those who want their ashes returned to the earth at its most beautiful.  The Ladies are community members from all walks of life, and from a variety of faiths and perspectives.  They are business and professional women; tradeswomen, educators, healthcare workers, office workers and shop keepers; homemakers, mothers and grandmothers.  All are carefully selected for personal qualities of compassion and human understanding, and intensively trained for their work with Ladies in White.

The Ladies in White are now listing in the Product Gallery under Ash Scattering & More > Hiker.  Information about options like the Ladies in White is what makes’s new Product Gallery so fantastic. People can easily view many funeral options. I can’t wait until the Gallery is packed full with 60 categories of information for people to browse.

– AC

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Scattering Cremated Remains over Water by Boat.

If you’re funeral planning, we’re the site for you! We’ve got information on every  possible option for scattering ashes, “cremains” of your loved one.

With the rise in cremation rates we’re seeing more and more interest in scattering options or what we call “releasing cremated remaines”.


The commonly used term is “ash scattering”, but actually, we’re not talking about “ashes”. Cremated remains are not ashy but more granular with some fragments of bone in the mix. The correct term is “cremains”.

One popular option is to scatter the ashes –  “cremains”, over a body of water.
There is something spiritual about water. We’re mostly made of water. Our planet is mostly covered by water. We can’t live without water. Water, water, water. For ash scattering the waters of our planet call us.
Laws used to require that ashes be scattered way out from the shoreline but in many places now it’s OK to scatter from shore or from a dock.
Taking a boat out into the ocean or a big lake to scatter a loved one’s ashes can be an incredibily beautiful experience. Some captains will circle the area a couple of times as you release flowers or other natural objects into the waters. When you’re ready release the ashes to the waters.
Cremated remains can be scattered from a boat over an ocean or other body of water. This is one version of a burial at sea.

Some states require the cremated remains literally be scattered over the water; other states allow the use of a scattering urn.

A water-soluble scattering urn can enhance the scattering experience. These urns are specifically designed to gradually disperse the ashes. Ashes cast directly into the water will often blow back at the boat and cling to the sides of the boat. This can be both frustrating and unsightly. A water-soluble scattering urn usually will float for several minutes then slowly sink where it will degrade or melt. The survivors will often toss flowers or petals as a tribute as the urn drifts away.
You do not need to live by the ocean to have cremated remains scattered into an  ocean. Cremated remains can be mailed to a scattering company, which will provide the service. Often, the company will provide a video recording of the scattering for those unable to attend.  – AC

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