Burial at Sea Entitlement
Navy Members & Dependents - Burial at Sea Entitlement
UNITED STATES NAVY MORTUARY AFFAIRS BURIAL AT SEA PROGRAM
BURIAL AT SEA is a means of final disposition of remains that is performed on United States Navy vessels. The committal ceremony is performed while the ship is deployed. Therefore, family members are not allowed to be present. The commanding officer of the ship assigned to perform the ceremony will notify the family of the date, time, and, longitude and latitude once the committal service has been completed.
ELIGIBILITY: Individuals eligible for this program are:
HOW TO GET STARTED: After the death of the individual, for whom the request for Burial-at-Sea is being made, the Person Authorized to Direct Disposition (PADD) may complete a Burial-at-Sea Request Form. Supporting documents which must accompany this request are:
(1) a photocopy of the death certificate;
BURIAL FLAG: Those for whom a burial flag is authorized: The PADD may send a flag with the remains/cremains. At the time of the burial at sea ceremony the flag will be flown on the assigned ship. Following the burial at sea the flag will be returned to the sender. (Application for US Flag for Burial Purposes)
CREMATED REMAINS (Cremains): Cremains must be in an urn, or plastic/metal container to prevent spillage in shipping. The cremains, along with the completed Burial-at-Sea Request package, and the burial flag will be forwarded to the Burial-at-Sea Coordinator at the desired port of embarkation. Prior to shipment, it is recommended that a phone call be made informing the coordinator of the pending request. It is also recommended that the cremains package be sent via Certified Mail, 'Return Receipt Requested.'
INTACT REMAINS (Casketed): Specific guidelines are required for the preparation of casketed remains. All expenses incurred in this process are the responsibility of the PADD, who will select a funeral home in the area of the port of embarkation. After this selection has been made and notification has been provided to the coordinator, the casketed remains, the request form, supporting documents, and the burial flag are to be forwarded to the receiving funeral home. The coordinator will make the inspection and complete the checklist for the preparation of casketed remains. It is recommended that funeral homes responsible for preparing and shipping intact remains, contact Navy Mortuary Affairs at the Military Medical Support Office in Great Lakes, Illinois to receive the preparation requirements.
FOR MORE ASSISTANCE
If you have any questions about the Navy's Burial-At-Sea program, please contact Navy Mortuary Affairs at the Military Medical Support Office in Great Lakes, Illinois at 1-888-647-6676, and select option 4.
This information was provided by Navy Mortuary Affairs.
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