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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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The weather was too bad to give the corpse a proper sea burial.
At the sea burial that the whole world watched, the only thing she was allowed to do was to spread flower petals into the sea as if leading the way for Liu Xiaobo's soul to travel in the water.
If a sea burial was the only acceptable solution to the authorities, he should have made the journey through the sewer.
Summary: Beijing [China], July 15 (ANI) :The hastily arranged sea burial of late Nobel laureate, Liu Xiaobo by Chinese authorities has sparked much criticism as his supporters believe that it was designed to ensure that his grave may not become a point of protests.
These days, there are only three designated sea burial sites in the UK: off the coasts of Northumberland, Sussex and the Isle of Wight.
Samuel Perez, commander of the carrier strike group that included the Vinson, "package" referring to bin Laden's body that SEALS were transferring to the ship for the sea burial via helicopters.
The Osprey flew south, destined for the deck of the USS Carl Vinson, a 1,000-foot-long nuclear-powered aircraft carrier sailing in the Arabian Sea, off the Pakistani coast for the sea burial of the slain al-Qaeda chief.
Washington says it opted for a sea burial out of concern that a traditional funeral could have produced a shrine for bin Laden, who topped the most wanted list for the past decade since the 9/11 terror attacks.
The daily, however, expressed amazement about the sea burial Bin Laden had been accorded.
Bin Laden, 54, was given a sea burial after Muslim funeral rites on a U.
The sea burial was to prevent bin Laden's gravesite from becoming a rallying point for his followers, "You wouldn't want to leave him so that his body could become a shrine," one US official said.
US officials explained the sea burial with nations refusing to accept the body and fears of a burial place on land being turned into a shrine in the future.