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Written about in epic poems and chosen by modern day heroes, a Burial at Sea has been embraced by ancient cultures, mariners and western societies.

In ancient times, Viking chieftains hoped to reach Valhalla. They were placed in ships after their death, and set ablaze. Ancient Egyptians also sent their dead off to sea floating on papyrus rafts. Throughout the South Pacific, it was customary to place the body in a canoe and to launch it on the water. In particular, residents of the Solomon Islands and Hawaii took bodies of deceased fishermen, wrapped them in a red cloth, and placed in the ocean.

From the Age of Sail in the fifteenth century to the naval battles of WWII, sailors committed the bodies of their shipmates to the ocean depths. In early times, it was believed a formal burial service would prevent the deceased mariner from becoming an unquiet spirit of the deep. During WWII when naval forces operated at sea for weeks and months at a time, sea burials became a logistical necessity.

Fast forward to the modern day and the United States Navy offers Sea Burial services to eligible Individuals including (1) active duty members of the uniformed services; (2) retirees and veterans who were honorably discharged; (3) U.S. civilian marine personnel of the Military Sealift Command; and (4) dependent family members of active duty personnel, retirees, and veterans of the uniformed services. The committal ceremony is performed while the ship is deployed, therefore, family members are not allowed to be present.

Today, tradition, economics and spiritual conviction has made Burial at Sea a matter of personal choice. There are several types of Sea Burials for those choosing this ancient tradition.

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Burials At Sea On Quiet Squaw Charters
801 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

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Burials At Sea On Quiet Squaw Charters

801 Seabreeze Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Phone: 954-462-9194

Located at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center-Two blocks South of Las Olas on A1A

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