burial at sea

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burial at sea

The burial of a deceased in marine waters, either by weighting the shrouded body and dropping it in the water, or after cremation, with the ashes being scattered over the water. Burial at sea has a long tradition with the British, Canadian and the US navies, with pomp and circumstance that includes stopping the ship, firing party, crew at parade rest, casket bearers, a bugler and a flag draped over the coffin until it is dropped into the sea. Some religions (e.g., Judaism) are strictly opposed to the practice.
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Dear royal, glorious little dog, buried at sea off the east coast of Australia!
Siegers the father, the old gentleman who retired from business on a fortune and got buried at sea going home, HE had to interview Falk in his private office.
IT'S ironic that the ashes of child-murdering monster Ian Brady were buried at sea at a time when marine environmentalists are complaining about pollution destroying wildlife in the oceans.
She was buried at sea, and that's pretty typical of what a burial at sea would have looked like on such a ship in 1840.
MOORS Murderer Ian Brady's ashes were buried at sea in the middle of the night after a cremation in Southport last Wednesday, it has been confirmed.
MOORS murderer Ian Brady has been buried at sea after a secret cremation last month.
GARDAI have confirmed skeletal remains found on the coast last month were those of a woman who had been buried at sea.
A source said: "Their quest for the truth uncovers secrets that the village would rather leave buried at sea.
A British sailor who died after being swept into the ocean while competing in a yacht race will be buried at sea, organisers said.
A BRITISH woman killed in a round-the-world yacht race will be buried at sea, it was revealed last night.
In 2011, Osama bin Laden was killed by elite American forces at his Pakistan compound, then quickly buried at sea,
AN American aircraft carrier spearheading air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is the same warship from which the body of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was buried at sea.