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Burials At Sea

Burial at sea is a fitting farewell for boating enthusiasts or those who proudly served in the Royal Navy, making for a meaningful send-off.

There are many designated areas where your loved one can be buried, or for their ashes to be scattered, at sea.

If you want to find out more about burials at sea, please give our team a call on 01622 741 777.

Funerals at Sea

Although strict regulations need to be followed and a license will need to be acquired – if you’d like to bury your loved one at sea – the planning and organisation involved will be worthwhile to give your loved one a beautiful farewell.

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) are able to provide you with a license to bury your loved one at sea, and will need to be provided with the following:

  • A death certificate
  • A Certificate of Freedom from Fever and Infection (this can be acquired through your loved one’s GP or alternatively, a hospital doctor)
  • Notice of your intention to move the body out of England (this can be acquired from the coroner)

Consideration for burying your loved one at sea

When burying a loved one at sea, no embalming is required, nor is it allowed. Instead, your loved one will be carefully and respectfully wrapped in a cotton sheet or a biodegradable alternative.

The coffin you decide on is of the utmost importance here, as you must give the MMO details of it, what’s more, they also have the right to come and inspect the coffin before you finalise your decision. It’s also important to note that zinc, copper, plastic and lead are not permitted to be incorporated into the coffin.

For more information about burying your loved one at sea, visit the gov.uk website or ask one of our highly-experienced funeral directors.

Scattering your loved one’s ashes at sea

There aren’t any legal obstacles to overcome when wanting to scatter your loved one’s ashes at sea, but you must ensure that they aren’t scattered on private land or a stretch of river without the required permission. Once you have found the right spot, you must then decide whether you would like to scatter the ashes from a boat or from the shoreline.

To discuss your options with a member of our compassionate team, get in touch with us when you feel ready. We’ll always welcome you into our office or, if you’d feel more comfortable in your own home, our friendly professionals will be able to visit you instead – we’re proud to serve families throughout Maidstone, Coxheath, Medway and the surrounding areas.

See the other choices we provide for Funerals on our Funeral Choices page.

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Phone: 01622 741 777  (Available 24/7)

FAQs & Advice

For those who don’t yet feel ready to reach out to us during this time, we have compiled a list of questions that are frequently asked by the families we’ve proudly served over the years. If you’d like to find out more about how we can help you create a fitting tribute to your loved one, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Embalming is not required by law, unless the person who has died will be travelling overseas. Therefore, embalming is a choice you’re free to make for your loved one, so if it’s not something you’d like to include, then it will not be carried out.
Our compassionate team of professionals here at Angels Independent Family Funeral Services are always happy to talk through your options regarding pre-planned funerals. Whether you’d like to arrange the funeral service with us, or simply require sensitive, respectful advice, get in touch with us when you feel ready to do so.
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