Marshfield Hills, MA (PressExposure) January 07, 2012 -- Founder Captain Brad White said, "It makes sense for us to expand into the Florida market as many of our Northeast and Midwest snowbird clients flock to the warm weather for most of the year and some permanently. They may eventually want to come home to their final resting place up north but we need an active program in Florida to handle today's growing sea burial needs there."
NEBAS is the best known company in the USA for sea burials and it uses only properly insured and current U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) licensed captains who are Sea Burial Certified by NEBAS. They operate clean, safe and up to date vessels from Maine to Ft Lauderdale/ Miami/Tampa/Clearwater for Florida client families and the company works with an approved network of funeral homes in Florida. The company handles all required permits and licenses and filings with the EPA. Vessels vary from vintage Maine down east style to sport or luxury level vessels accommodating from 1-6 up to 35 or for larger families up to 150-400 people.
NEBAS Burials at sea are legal, approved per USCG and EPA, meet and exceed regulations and are easy to plan. For ash scatterings, NEBAS voyages out with family and friends three nautical miles and the family scatters their loved ones cremated remains along with selected clergy if desired to respectfully attend to a loved one's final wishes with a customized sea tribute service and then returns to port all within about three hours. Traditional Ash Scattering rates include at the close of the service an official parchment sea burial certificate marking the latitude and longitude of a loved ones' final resting place and prices start at $495.00 for an unattended services and $95 for pets. Attended services are more.
"The company ensures a loved one their final requested resting place at sea, while relieving family of significant financial burdens in their time of distress as sea burials are typically less in cost than traditional funerals, though a funeral director is required for the actual cremation or to be in attendance for a full body sea burial," said White. White added, "In today's changing culture, many families are always on the move so a sea burial makes sense if family does not intend to future visit a traditional grave site. When cremated remains are scattered, they travel the world forever and that is what most people want. We tell families, "when you look at the water you will always see me" and that usually always makes them well up as that is what Mom or Dad always wanted."
The company also voyages off shore for full body burials with their exclusive ocean friendly Atlantic Sea Burial Shroud® for eco-friendly full body committals in 600+ feet of water.
Burials At Sea may be attended by 1-35 people plus crew on many standard vessels and up to 150 passengers on larger vessels in Florida. The trained crew conducts a dignified and well-thought out memorial service that can be customized to specific needs, wishes, religion or taste. If preferred, a family member or other designated person may conduct all or part of the ceremony. Ocean friendly wreaths, flora's, music, poems, readings, prayers, bag pipers, Taps, military cadre and other no cost or low cost options are also available.
Requests can be accommodated within 24-48 hours, depending upon the weather and season. The service may be attended or unattended and some can be viewed from the shore. Photography of the service is also available and in 2012 a live video feed can be simulcast worldwide to family members that may not be able to attend but who can easily log on line to watch the event.