History Of Burial At Sea

History Of Burial At Sea

The history of burial at sea is really very old. This practice has been followed for a very long time; in fact, from the time when people starting faring into sea. When sailors used to go out to sea, it did not make sense to carry a dead body for weeks or months on the boat or ship until they returned to shore. Instead, they used to follow the practice of burial at sea.

In the ancient times, bodies of dead sailors used to sewn in a sack or heavy cloth, and heavy weights were put into the makeshift "coffin". Then with a proper religious ceremony, the body was thrown overboard in what came to be known as burial at seas. Although for the sailors, it would have been very easy to throw a body of another dead sailor overboard, they considered it their duty to give their fellow sailor a proper burial service because of a superstition.

Sailors believed that if a proper burial at sea with the religious ceremony was not given to a deceased sailor, the spirit of the sailor would be unhappy and disturbed in the deep and would return to haunt the ship.

Many burials at sea took place as recently as World War II when naval forces operated at sea for weeks, and months at a time. Since World War II many service members, veterans, and family members have chosen to be buried at sea. Today, even the cremains of dead relatives are spread in the sea making it a form of burial at sea.

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