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burial at sea


The burial of a deceased in marine waters, either by weighting the shrouded body and dropping it in the water, or after cremation, scattering the ashes o’er the water.

Burial at sea has a long tradition with the British, Canadian, and US navies and and is a perk for active duty and honourably discharged seamen, with pomp and circumstance that includes stopping the ship, a firing party, crew at parade rest, casket bearers, a bugler and a flag draped over the coffin until the coffin is dropped in the briny deep. Some religions are dead against burial at sea–e.g., Judaism; the rest–e.g., Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam can live with it, generally following cremation. 

Reference en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burial_at_sea

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