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Would You Consider a Final Resting Place Below the Sea?

February 20, 2012

BISMARCK, N.D. - It's a long way from their home, but ocean-loving North Dakotans may want to consider a final resting spot three miles off the coast of southern Florida. Forty feet below the surface is a man-made, pristine reef where several times a month divers come to deposit stone urns containing ashes of the recently departed.

This underwater burial ground near Miami was created by the Neptune Society. Martha Porter, one of the group's counselors, explains how it works.

"Deep-sea divers go down with your ashes mixed with cement, and they place them in spots you have selected. If you have an affinity for water, it's a great way to go. People love it."

The Neptune Memorial Reef is the largest man-made reef in the world. When complete, it will have transformed more than 16 acres of barren ocean floor. Porter says making the reef a final resting place is a rather simple process for anyone.

"The whole key is we want the family to actually celebrate a person's life. We don't want to have to see them go through all the mess of handling everything that has to be done."

Among those who have used the Neptune Society's unique cremation and undersea burial service is Julia Child, the famous television chef.

In addition to providing a permanent legacy for those who loved the ocean, the Neptune Memorial Reef is attracting recreational scuba divers, marine biologists, students, researchers and ecologists from all over the world. Porter says visits to the reef are free and accessible to all visitors.

More information is available at www.neptunesociety.com.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - ND