I read an article about this guy on Reddit that had discovered a page on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website devoted to a person’s legal right to be buried at sea. According to the article, you can easily be buried at sea as long as you follow a few rules, making it much easier than renewing your driver’s license.

Here are the rules:

  • You have to get a permit within 30 days of the burial.
  • If you use a casket, it has to have holes in it and weigh 300 pounds.
  • If you don’t use a casket, you have you wrap the body in something biodegradable.
  • You have to be at least 3 miles offshore.

The article pointed out there’s nothing that says the body has to be dead, but I think we can all assume that’s a given. Anyway, the process is pretty simple and I’m sure for communities near the ocean, this is probably not all that uncommon.

I’ve covered obituaries from area funeral homes for almost 40 years. I don’t recall ever seeing one that listed the body as being buried at sea.