Eternal Reefs Announces 2005 Green Burial Locations

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In 2004, Eternal Reefs created the largest underwater Â?green memorialÂ? in the country by placing over 100 memorial reef balls in Sarasota, Florida.

Today, Eternal Reefs Inc., the only company in the United States to offer underwater burial at sea in an artificial reef, announced Florida, South Carolina, Texas, Maryland and New Jersey as the locations of the next Memorial Reef placements. For families and individuals that choose cremation rather than burial, Eternal Reefs offers a new memorial option that replaces cremation urns and ash scattering with a permanent environmental living legacy and green burial alternative.

An Eternal Reefs “Memorial Reef” is a designed reef module of environmentally safe cast concrete that is used to create new marine habitats for fish and other forms of sea life. These artificial reefs also help take pressure off natural reef systems, many of which have been destroyed and overfished, and provide a home for fish, coral and sponges. In fact, fish move into the reef almost immediately.

With every Memorial Reef, the executor of the estate receives two memorial certificates that identify the longitude and latitude of the memorials, which are marked with bronze plaques. Loved ones can participate in every step of the process and gather for the reef casting, viewing and placement ceremonies. Throughout the year, families and friends often return to the memorial reef site to fish, dive or visit by boat.

In 2004, Eternal Reefs created the largest underwater “green memorial” in the country by placing over 100 memorial reef balls in Sarasota, Florida.    

2005 Scheduled memorials include:

·    Sarasota, Florida – casting January 28th, memorial placement, February 28th

·    Ft. Lauderdale, Florida – casting February 25th, memorial placement, April 4th

·    Ocean City, New Jersey – casting April 22nd, memorial placement May 23rd

·    Ocean City, Maryland – casting April 22nd, memorial placement, May 26th

·    Charleston, South Carolina – casting August 26th, memorial placement September 26th

·    Pensacola, Florida – casting September 19th, memorial placement October 10th

·    Sarasota, Florida – casting September 16th, memorial placement October 13th

·    South Padre Island, Texas – casting October 7th, memorial placement November 7th

"You’re seeing a change culturally," says Don Brawley, founder of Eternal Reefs. "People want to do the right thing with their loved ones' remains, and since the family plot is going away, the idea that we're going to stay in that same place is not feasible.”

A growing number of Americans have found that cremation is an inexpensive option to conventional funerals and burial. Cremation is growing dramatically in the United States, and by 2010, the procedure may be included in 40 percent of funerals, according to the Cremation Association of North America. An astonishing 45 percent of families that have chosen cremation still have the remains at home sitting on a shelf or in a closet.

About Eternal Reefs Inc.

Eternal Reefs, Inc is an Atlanta-based company that provides creative environmentally enhancing means to memorialize the cremated remains of a loved one. The company incorporates cremated remains into a concrete mixture used to cast artificial reef formations. The artificial reefs are dedicated as permanent memorials while also bolstering natural coastal reef formations. Expected to last 500 years, over 300 memorial reefs, have been placed off the coasts of Florida, South Carolina, Texas, New Jersey, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia. Contact Eternal Reefs Inc. at: http://www.eternalreefs.com.

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