Eternal Reefs

@simone10 (22262)
Louisville, Kentucky
December 2, 2015 5:01am CST
A couple of years ago, I was watching a special on TV. It was about how the ocean reefs were dying and how two friends came up with a unique way to save the reefs and also give people a final resting place. The reefs are made out of environmentally safe concrete. The cremated remains are put into these reefs and used to create habitats for fish. There are different programs ranging in price from $2,495 up to $6,995. I have to be honest that I have considered this for myself when the time comes. The only drawback for me would be that it would be very difficult for family members to come and visit like they could at a grave site. Also, I'm not sure if I want to be cremated. What do you think of the Eternal Reef? Is it something that you would consider when your time came? How would you feel if it was one of your loved ones put in a reef out in the ocean?
Eternal Reefs combines a cremation urn, ash scattering, & green burial at sea into an environmental memorial while creating new marine habitats for sea life
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@LadyDuck (121496)
• Switzerland
2 Dec 15
I know that I want to be cremated, I do not really care where they will put my ashes, but I not really like to become food for the fish. I would better end up in my own garden.
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• United States
2 Dec 15
I would like to become compost for a rose garden.
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@LadyDuck (121496)
• Switzerland
3 Dec 15
@ElizabethWallace I agree, I am going to ask to use my ashes for the roses or the bamboo.
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@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
3 Dec 15
@LadyDuck You wouldn't become fish food but I can understand your concern.
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@sofssu (14736)
2 Dec 15
I would like to be buried.. no eternal reefs for me.. I hate the idea of cremation. I would like to be left as I am to be consumed by mother nature in a natural way.
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@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
3 Dec 15
I can certainly understand how you feel. I wasn't sold on cremation either until recently.
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• Chandigarh, India
3 Dec 15
I liked your point. "consumed by mother nature" best line i have read so far.
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@salonga (27965)
• Philippines
2 Dec 15
Putting in a reef in the middle of the ocean is certainly too weird for me to consider. Besides, cremation never comes to my mind. I would rather be buried the traditional way.
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@LadyDuck (121496)
• Switzerland
2 Dec 15
I want to be cremated, I do not want to be buried, my worst nightmare is to be buried alive.
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@LadyDuck (121496)
• Switzerland
3 Dec 15
@salonga I prefer to go through the flames, at least it only lasts a few seconds.
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@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
3 Dec 15
@aslonga I always thought of cremation that way until recently. My main concern was religious reasons and I checked with my son who is a minister and he said there wasn't anything wrong with cremation.
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@rocky1980 (548)
• Chandigarh, India
2 Dec 15
i liked your idea but why decide now you can reveal your wish to your loved ones. they will care of this thing.
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@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
3 Dec 15
I'm not deciding anything right now. I have talked to my children about it because I didn't know how they would feel about me being cremated and they loved the idea. My son said it was cool.
• Chandigarh, India
3 Dec 15
@simone10 that's good if your son like the idea. how old is he?
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@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
5 Dec 15
@rocky1980 My son is 37 years old.
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@garymarsh6 (12097)
• United Kingdom
2 Dec 15
I quite like the idea of being turned into a diamond! The trouble with a burial plot it sometimes makes you feel guilty if you do not manage to go and visit whereas this would be more acceptable as you could not really go and visit. That is an awful amount of money to pay isn't it.
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@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
6 Dec 15
@norcal You can get a memorial service where your family goes on a boat out in the ocean when they put in you and your reef.
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@norcal (3272)
• Nevada City, California
13 Dec 15
@simone10 would that be included in the price?
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@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
16 Dec 15
@norcal I believe so but I'm not sure. I have sent off for more information.
@Shellyann36 (8619)
• United States
8 Dec 15
While I am going to be cremated I don't know about going into the eternal reefs. It does sound like an interesting idea if it can help mother nature out I am all for it.
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@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
12 Dec 15
Yes, it is supposed to help the reef environment.
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• United States
16 Dec 15
@simone10 It is saddening to know how much us humans have helped to destroy the natural resources around the globe.
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@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
22 Dec 15
@Shellyann36 I agree and this would be a way for me to give back just a little.
@whiteream (3560)
• United States
4 Dec 15
Both my husband and myself want to be cremated as for what happens to our ashes we hav never really talked about that. But, we both like the ocean.
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@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
12 Dec 15
I love the ocean too and that is one reason why this has intrigued me so much.
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@whiteream (3560)
• United States
12 Dec 15
@simone10 Some people have their ashes put in the ocean or scattered by the shore.
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@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
16 Dec 15
@whiteream Yes, I have heard of that before. I would like to be an actual part of the ocean and that's why I am considering the reef.
@norcal (3272)
• Nevada City, California
3 Dec 15
It would be OK with me, but it seems kind of expensive. I would not mind if my loved one did it. Whenever I saw the ocean I would be visiting their grave.
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@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
12 Dec 15
I don't really think it is any more expensive than having a burial where you have to pay for a casket and opening and closing of the grave among a lot of other things.
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@norcal (3272)
• Nevada City, California
13 Dec 15
@simone10 probably more than a cremation.
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@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
16 Dec 15
@norcal Yes, I'm sure it is more than a normal cremation.
@zebra2222 (4896)
• United States
6 Dec 15
I would not have this done to me, but I see the value in doing it.
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@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
12 Dec 15
I know it's not for everyone and not everyone wants to be cremated. I didn't for a very long time.
@boiboing (12525)
• Northampton, England
6 Dec 15
I'm not sure I get the thinking behind this. Sticking concrete in the sea won't do the trick if the coral who need to grow on it are dying.
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@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
12 Dec 15
I'm not sure how it works. You can follow the link and it gives a description of how it works.
• Ballina, Australia
5 Dec 15
For someone who wants to be cremated, the reef sounds a lovely idea - much better than being in a dusty urn on the mantle piece. I want to be buried so my previous beloved dog, who is in an urn, can be buried with me. My little sister was buried. When I am in that city, I like to visit her and just sit and talk so, yes, burial for me.
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@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
12 Dec 15
I can certainly understand. If I am cremated, I don't want to be in an urn either. I want to do the reef or be sprinkled over Disneyworld.
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@ria1606roy (2643)
• Kolkata, India
5 Dec 15
Being a hindu, I guess cremation is the way to go, but I would like to donate my eyes and body in a hospital as that can save someone's life plus increase educational opportunity for a young doctor. The idea of eternal reef sounds intriguing though.
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@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
12 Dec 15
If any of my organs are worth anything when I die, I would do that first. Then have my body cremated and put in the reef.
@DeborahDiane (16166)
• Laguna Woods, California
3 Dec 15
I would love that idea! I always wanted my ashes to be distributed at sea, anyway. However, my husband and I already have grave sites, so I don't think that will happen.
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@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
3 Dec 15
I love the idea also. The more I think about it, the more I like it. It's not something I have would go into lightly.
@bunnybon7 (33029)
• Holiday, Florida
3 Dec 15
I would if I could afford it. truth be I still have my hubby's ashes but seldom even think about the ashes any more. in my mind is where he stays and I think even a grave site would not make it any different.
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@SIMPLYD (75303)
• Philippines
3 Dec 15
I think i don't want that . My husband and i told our daughter that when we die , we want to be cremated and she can put some of our ashes , should she like in a non-breakable container and just be there in her house . To which she said yes .
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@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
3 Dec 15
I know it's not for everyone but I love the ocean and ocean life and think it would be a great way to be buried at sea so to speak.
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@BelleStarr (31954)
• Portland, Connecticut
3 Dec 15
I will be creamated but buried, we already have the plot and my baby is buried in it.
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@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
3 Dec 15
I do understand wanting to be with your precious baby.
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@shellyjaneo (1095)
• United Kingdom
2 Dec 15
I think this is an amazing thing I would love to have this done to me when I die. You could still have a tombstone or memorial for them to visit x
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@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
3 Dec 15
Yes, you could still have a tombstone and I also think it is an amazing thing. It's like your way of giving back to the environment.
@Lucky15 (33700)
• Philippines
2 Dec 15
I'd rather be in a simple graveyard for my family to visit me everytime
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@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
3 Dec 15
I do understand why you would want to be buried and that was my concern also, not having a place for family to come to for a visit.
• Preston, England
2 Dec 15
a fabulous idea - I'd be happy to be disposed of in such a way
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@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
3 Dec 15
So would I. I do love all ocean/sea life and I love the ocean. They have reefs in Florida which would probably be the closest so that my kids could come to visit once a year when they go to the beach.
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