Sacred Living Sacred Dying, Inc. is dedicated to educating people about eco-friendly alternative ways to be buried that will leave a legacy, as well as have a positive impact on the environment for centuries.
In this newsletter we focus on our involvement and commitment to Eternal Reefs and the Reef Ball Foundation. If you or your loved one is a fisherman, scuba diver, surfer, sailor, environmentalist, or just loves the ocean and beautiful marine environment, you’ll especially enjoy this newsletter.
If you or a loved one plans to be cremated, why not have your ashes create a reef for the marine life? This is a way to help preserve, protect, and enhance the marine environment through death and memorialization with the ashes or you or your loved one, while leaving a living legacy.
For those individuals who choose to have their ashes molded into a reef ball on cremation, their ashes are mixed with a specialized concrete formula that brings the pH content of a Reef Ball close to neutral. With the neutral pH content and a textured outer surface, the Reef Ball is the perfect medium to allow the microorganisms (those little buds of life floating in the currents looking for a home) a place to land, burrow, mature, and propagate before predators can feed on them.
Check out this one and a half minute video of the growth and life-thriving Eternal Reefs at Sarasota, Silvertooth Reef Site. These reefs are just two years old.
Sacred Living Sacred Dying, Inc. has been in contact with George Frankel at Eternal Reefs for the past year, discussing ways to establish Eternal Reefs and a Reef Ball Foundation in Hawaii. Presently there are more than 1,800 Eternal Reefs placed off the coasts of Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, New Jersey, Texas, and Virginia. Eternal Reefs is in negotiation to have a location off the coast of Southern California.
These Reef Balls are strategically placed to create ocean reefs. The reefs created through green burial are living environmental memorials that also help the marine environment.
We invite you to watch this informative seven minute video on Eternal Reefs and the Reef Ball Foundation, entitled Big Ideas for a Small Planet, produced by Sundance Channel.
WAYS TO PARTICIPATE
Family members and friends are invited and encouraged to participate in the casting and creation of their loved one’s reef memorial. The entire process is designed to help heal both the soul and the earth.
For those who choose to participate, they have the opportunity to personalize the memorial with handprints and written messages in the damp concrete.
Seashells can be provided to add to the top as both decoration and additional habitat. Personalized plaques are added to the Reef Ball, identifying who has been memorialized so that visitors who come to these reefs can see who made this amazing contribution to the marine environment.
Once the memorials have been cast and allowed to cure, family members and friends will have a viewing. They have the opportunity to visit with their loved one and can take pictures and rubbings of the plaques. Children are provided with sidewalk chalk, and messages can be written all over the Reef Balls. Sometimes children actually climb inside the memorials and draw on the inside walls of the reefs.
THE PLACEMENT AND DEDICATION
The day after the viewing, all the memorials are taken out to the reef site on one boat while families sail out on another boat. Each Reef Ball is announced and individually placed on the ocean floor. After all the memorials have been placed, the family boat moves over the reef site, and each family is given the opportunity to individually dedicate the reef to their loved one. Once all the families have dedicated the site to their loved one, the site is then dedicated to everyone who has been memorialized this day.
Certificates are provided to the family giving them the exact coordinates where their loved ones have been placed so they can return to visit.
SECURITY OF THE REEF BALLS
Brilliantly designed, the round, hollow, and vented design leaves little space for storm energy to build up and move Reef Balls. With more than 80% of the weight of the Reef Balls in the lower quarter of the reef, they are extremely stable in the marine environment.
We’d like to ask for your support. Now, before it’s too late, please help preserve and protect our marine environment, and leave a lasting legacy in time of death.
Love and Blessings,