“Reef Balls” Help You Save the Environment After You Die
October 29, 2008
Today’s environmentally-conscious people are thinking of ways to stay green even after they’re gone.
Eternal Reefs is putting a new spin on the at-sea burial by offering an environmentally-friendly alternative to cremation and traditional cemetery burials.
The company offers a way to have a memorial and help out the environment at the same time, by creating a memorial reef that contains the ashes of the deceased.
The memorial reefs are known as “reef balls.” They are constructed by mixing cremated remains with liquid concrete, which is put into mold in order to create the reef ball.
The reef ball is placed alongside other reef balls to create an artificial reef that provides a habitat for sea life.
Within a few weeks, marine life will begin to take hold in the artificial reef, which will look like a natural reef within a few months. It creates a living legacy that is a unique way to memorialize someone who has passed.
The memorial reef offers a unique option to traditional cremation urns and cemetery burials, which can have negative impacts on the environment.
The artificial reefs actually help rebuild the ocean’s ecosystem, allowing life to flourish.
Eternal Reefs will provide you with the exact latitude and longitude of where the reef is placed so you can visit by boat or scuba dive to the memorial.
The memorials are placed along the East Coast of the U.S. The cost of a memorial reef ball ranges from $2,495 and $6,495, not including the cost of cremation. Eternal Reefs also offers memorial reefs for pets.