“The Sea is the largest cemetery, and it’s residents sleep without a monument.”
During the past few years, the endless sea of Changi Beach in Singapore has become a final resting place for numerous departed souls. The peaceful and calm atmosphere of the sea is what makes people wish to be a part of it after they leave this world.
For sailors, surfers and those who find solace in the sea waves during their life, getting scattered as ashes in the ocean is quite meaningful. However, there might be a few things you do not know about the sea burial service.
Vikings Used To Bury Their Dead in the Sea
Norse Funeral or burying dead in the sea was a tradition followed during the Viking period. For Vikings, the sea and ocean were their life, and after death, they also preferred to get submerged in the blue waves.
So, when a Viking died, the body was placed on a boat or a ship and released into the water, where it got to sink into the deep ocean.
Only Ashes Can Be Scattered
We are not Vikings which is why the rules of sea burial have changed.
Singapore burial services do not allow people to slip the dead body of their loved ones into the water. The National Environmental Agency and Maritime Port Authority in Singapore govern the sea burial services in the country. To protect the sea’s ecosystem, only the ashes of a dead person are allowed to be dispersed in the water.
Sea Burial Guidelines to Follow
Irrespective of your religion or status, any individual who wishes to give their loved ones a final goodbye by scattering their remains into the sea must follow certain guidelines provided by the National Environmental Agency.
- Avoid scattering any items that can affect marine life and can cause litter by the seashore.
- The ashes must be spread far into the blue sea and away from buildings.
- Windy days are not ideal for a sea burial as they will cause the ashes to blow in your direction rather than blow away from you.
- Use a biodegradable urn that floats and sinks easily.
Do You Know The Rules For Sea Burial?
Sea burial service is a simple and elegant way of bidding the last farewell, but there are some rules enforced by NEA, Singapore that you must know while preparing for the sea burial ceremony.
- Wrap the body in eco-friendly clothing before cremation.
- You need to get approval from NEA in Singapore to give your loved ones a proper burial at sea.
- Burying a body in the sea is prohibited by the NEA as it may float back to shore, and the chemicals used to embalm the body are harmful to the marine ecosystem.
It Is an Inexpensive Burial Option
Apart from the emotions attached to the sea, it is the most convenient and affordable yet decent way to say farewell to your late beloved. If you keep things simple and no rituals are involved, you will only have to incur a total of about $100 on the burial proceedings. By adding a small ritual ceremony, the sea burial service cost may rise to $800.
Divine Casket Singapore was established in 2004 by the late Silvester, one of the first few embalmers in Singapore. Through his dedication to the craft of embalming, he sought to provide the best for the deceased, emphasizing respect for those who have passed and remembering those who have been left behind. His craftsmanship has earned much praise and compliment throughout the 1990s from grateful clients.
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