Burial at sea is a time honored tradition dating back thousands of years [1]. Beginning with ancient cultures like the Greeks, Romans & Egyptians, the practice evolved through various cultures, each with their unique rituals & death rites, from the Viking’s famous burning ship or Indian ceremonies on the Ganges River, to modern day Naval burials in use today [2].

Today, sea burials are gaining in popularity as an alternative means to give loved ones a dignified burial ceremony. Whether a military burial or a private one, each sea burial is governed by law and regulations. Here in Long Beach, California, we are regulated by local and state law as well as federal agencies like the EPA.

Specifically, for a burial at sea in Long Beach [3]:

  • The remains can either be cremated or non-cremated
  • Non-cremated burials at sea must be at least three (3) nautical miles from land and in water at least 600 feet deep. Necessary measures must also be taken to ensure the remains sink to the bottom rapidly and permanently.
  • Flowers and wreaths must be decomposable
  • Must be reported to the EPA within 30 days
  • Notify Local authorities
  • Must have CRD license


If you are looking for burial at sea services for a family member or close friend, we offer respectful, solemn charters and will work to accommodate you and your party in any way possible. For more information about burial at sea services click here: burial at sea long beach or call us to discuss arrangements (714) 625-6074.


1. D. Stewart, “Burial At Sea.”
2. History – History of Burials
3. EPA – Burial At Sea