Atlanta Company Offers Solution for Abandoned Cremated Remains

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Eternal Reefs Inc., the only company in the United States to offer underwater burial at sea in an artificial reef, is proud to announce the FARR Program (Forgotten and Abandoned Remains Reef), a solution for funeral homes dealing with the handling of unclaimed remains.

Eternal Reefs Inc., the only company in the United States to offer underwater burial at sea in an artificial reef, is proud to announce the FARR Program (Forgotten and Abandoned Remains Reef), a solution for funeral homes dealing with the handling of unclaimed remains.

Thousands of funeral homes across the United States house hundreds of unclaimed remains each year. Families are either too grief-stricken or simply don't know what to do with them. According to Jack Springer, Executive Director of the Cremation Association of North America, in 2004, more than 35,000 sets of cremated remains were left at funeral homes across the country.

Cremation is growing dramatically in the United States with 678,092 cremations taking place nationally in 2002, about 27 percent of all deaths. 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. With this dramatic increase, the number of unclaimed remains will also rise. Approximately 20 states provide no legal guidance to funeral homes on what to do with the unclaimed remains, or how long they must keep them.

The Eternal Reefs FARR Program offers a permanent living legacy to memorialize the passing of these individuals with a Memorial Reef Ball. An Eternal Reefs Memorial Reef is a permanent memorial in the ocean that creates new life as reef habitat for fish, turtles and other forms of sea life. It is a designed reef of cast concrete that includes the cremated remains. Cremated remains are mixed into the concrete as the reef is being cast. The reefs, which last for over 500 years, then cure for approximately one month and are placed at a permitted location.

“The greatest celebration of life is to provide the opportunity for new life, and the living-breathing legacy of a Memorial Reef is a dignified and meaningful environmental memorial for a loved one, says Don Brawley, founder, Eternal Reefs. “Families and friends need to have the peace of mind that their loves ones have a final resting place and honored memorial.”

Funeral homes that have the legal right to appropriately dispose of cremated remains are eligible for the program. For more information about the FARR Program contact George Frankel at 404-875-1876.

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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