Sea burial service package

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About Sea burial service package

At Embrace Funeral Services, we believe in providing a dignified last farewell to the dearly departed with a memorable and personalised sea burial service. Even with a simple sea burial service, a funeral service is as much for the deceased as it is for the bereaved.

That is why at Embrace Funeral Service, we are committed to giving a smooth and memorable service to grieving families to tide them through these tough times. Let us help you during these difficult times.

Call or WhatsApp our 24-hour helpline 96921100 to discuss sea burial services and packages.

What are sea burials?

Sea burials are a burial service that involves the scattering of remains into the sea. This is also commonly known as burial at sea, or scattering ashes at sea.

This method of burial is becoming increasingly popular among people who prefer a simple and more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional land burials.

To protect the marine ecosystem, only cremated remains can be buried at sea in Singapore.

The Marine Port Authority (MPA) has designated an area approximately 1.5 nautical miles or 2.8km south of Pulau Semakau as a sea burial spot. Prior approval has to be obtained from the National Environmental Agency (NEA) for the ash scattering. This can be conducted daily (including public holidays) from 7am to 7pm.

Sea Burial Service Includes:

Embrace Funeral Services’ sea burial services includes the following:

  • Bum boat or yacht rental
  • Booking and arrangement of sea burial permits with NEA
  • Mandai Crematorium cremation fee
  • Ash collection service
  • Loose flowers or flower petals to be scattered
  • The manpower required to collect the cremated remains and transfer them to the ferry terminal directly. Those who prefer to personally collect the remains may opt to do so.

As a final farewell to your loved one, you might want to consider the following add-on services:

  • Biodegradable urn
  • Short ceremonial session according to religious beliefs
  • Photo enlargement
  • For any other additional services, please contact us at our 24-hour helpline 96921100 and our Funeral Directors will assist you in making this process as fuss-free as possible.

What is the process of a sea burial?

There are generally two ways in which a sea burial can be performed. First being the traditional method where the cremated remains are  to be wrapped in religious cloth and scattered into the sea by family members.

The second type consists of using a biodegradable urn made from paper and recycled plant materials, which can store the remains and be sunk into the sea.

The whole process will take approximately 1.5 hours, not taking into account the time taken for ceremonies.

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Why do some people prefer sea burials or scattering ashes at sea?

In our experience, these are some advantages of ash scattering at sea that make them the preferred choice for some people.

  • The no-frills nature of a sea burial makes it a popular choice amongst those who prefer a simpler ceremony
  • The deceased may have been a free spirit who wishes to return to and rest in nature
  • Some people want to fulfil their wish of “traveling” the world
  • Sea burials are more environmentally friendly as compared to other traditional burial methods

Sea burial guidelines to follow in Singapore

These are some guidelines for sea burials in Singapore:

  1. Approval from NEA must be obtained
  2. Dressing of the deceased in biodegradable clothing prior to cremation
  3. Choice of traditional scattering method or using a biodegradable urn
  4. Any burial or memorial items used must be biodegradable

Sea burial facilities in Singapore

Sea burials involve the chartering of a sea-fairing vessel to travel out to sea to an area approximately 1.5 nautical miles or 2.8km south of Pulau Semakau.

For a smaller group of fewer than 10 people (including the boat captain, staff from Embrace and ceremony officiant), a bumboat can be chartered from Changi Point Ferry Terminal (51 Lor Bekukong, Singapore 499172).

For a bigger group of up to 12 people (including the boat captain, staff from Embrace and ceremony officiant), an air-conditioned yacht can be chartered from Marina South Pier (31 Marina Coastal Drive, Singapore 018988).

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About Embrace Funeral Services

Embrace Funeral Services Singapore (懷恩生命禮儀) is a one-stop professional funeral service provider that was founded by our 4th generation funeral director, Jeffrey Lee Yi Fu.

At Embrace Funeral Services, we are committed to providing the finest quality funeral services where families can rely on during their times of need.




Only cremated remains are allowed to be scattered into the sea in Singapore to protect the marine ecosystem and maintain coastal hygiene.

It is legal to have sea burials in Singapore as long as the appropriate approvals have been obtained from the National Environmental Agency of Singapore (NEA). It must also be held in the approved location of an area approximately 1.5 nautical miles or 2.8km south of Pulau Semakau.

It is best to contact us for a detailed quotation. We offer a free consultation to first understand what you need.

The cost of a sea burial can vary depending on things such as the location, type of funeral service, and additional expenses like a cremation fee, transportation, and memorialization options. Typically, the price of a sea burial in Singapore starts from $180.

Since only biodegradable materials are used in sea burials, it is deemed environmentally friendly and does not adversely affect marine ecosystems.

Bereaved families can opt-in for a simple prayer/ceremony session on board the boat to pay their final respects to the deceased.

We understand that it may be significant to bury the deceased’s favourite item together with them in the sea. However, please refrain from doing so as it will harm marine life and may cause coastal littering.



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