company called Eternal Reefs has come up with a gem of an idea. Have
your ashes contribute to the great chain of life by becoming part of
a coral reef!
concept is simple yet ingenious: your ashes will be mixed in with
the concrete as the reef ball is created. There will be a plaque so
that identification can be made of the deceased. The artificial
memorial reef unit should last for at least 500 years! According to
the FAQ on the website the reef should not move from its location
and those that were hit by hurricanes during the 1998 hurricane
season remained where they were.
Eternal Reefs have placed their artificial reef units in more
than 300 different locations so far. Although there has been some
environmental concern over the amount of pollutants in the air due
to the recent increase in cremation's popularity, this is one way of
giving something positive back to the environment should cremation
be your chosen method of disposition.
possible for the family and friends to attend the deployment of
their loved one's memorial reef. The utilization of a charter boat
service is usually the way that families attend such special
ceremonies. Later, if the deceased's family and friends wish to view
the memorial reef, a visit can be arranged by boat. From the boat it
is possible to fish and/or dive on the memorial reef.
However, if it is not possible for some people to attend the
service or revisit the location of the reefs, a program is being
created whereby photographs and video footage of the reefs as they
mature. The executor of the estate will receive certificates stating
the latitude and longitude of the reef; the coordinates are recorded
as the reef is set on the seabed.
for example, a husband and wife wish to be together in such a
fashion after they have died, then by saving some of the ashes from
whomever dies first, the ashes from both people can be put together
in individual units in what is known as a communal memorial reef. If
you want to find out more, then visit www.eternalreefs.com and
discover how you can become part of an ocean's ecology.