Fortunately, there are now alternatives.
Eternal Reefs combine a cremation urn, ash scattering, and burial at sea into one meaningful, permanent environmental tribute to life. These reef balls then create new marine habitats for fish and other forms of sea life which are critical to the environment.
To make a reef ball, Eternal Reefs mixes cremated remains with environmentally-friendly concrete and shaped into a basketball-size “pearl”. The pearl is then attached to a beehive-shaped concrete reef. Entire families and even pets can become a reef together.
This green burial option helps to protect and restore these fragile marine ecosystems. By creating a material and system that replicates the natural marine environment, it supports coral and microorganism development, which directly rehabilitates and rebuilds the dying reefs and in turn, adds new habitat back to the marine environment.