|A lot of people request to be buried at sea, or want their ashes
scattered over the sea. Eternal Reefs gives these individuals a
choice or an alternative to a regular burial. Eternal Reefs will
take the cremated remains of a loved one and incorporate them into a
reef formation. The artificial reef acts as a permanent memorial to
the loved one while helping to save the formation of our ocean's
Eternal Reefs, Inc. is an
Atlanta-based company that provides a creative, environmentally
enhancing means to memorialize the cremated remains of a loved one.
The company will take the cremated remains and incorporate them into
the cement mixture used to cast artificial reef formations. The
artificial reefs are dedicated as permanent memorials while also
bolstering natural coastal reef formations.
Reef Ball Development Group Ltd. (RBDG) is the primary strategic
partner with Eternal Reefs, Inc. RBDG was created in 1992 by a group
of environmentally conscious college friends who enjoyed diving.
They realized that the reefs they enjoyed were deteriorating
noticeably. In order to reclaim the lost natural reefs, they
developed patented mold systems to recreate the natural reefs with
an environmentally friendly concrete formula.
The new reefs, called Reef Balls, are produced for state agencies
and numerous private organizations worldwide. With their advanced
technology in the development of these reefs, RBDG became the
recognized leader in this industry and by 2000, RBDG had over
100,000 Reef Balls in the water worldwide.
Eternal Reefs, Inc. was created in 1998 when Carleton Glen
Palmer, the father of one of the original group members from
college, requested that his cremated remains be added to the
concrete in one of RBDG¹s reefs.
On May 1, 1998, the first in a series of memorial reefs were cast
with Calton Palmer¹s cremated remains. The units were soon deployed
into the ocean to create a beautiful man-made reef, which now is
teeming with sea life.
Eternal Reefs looks forward to developing similar memorials for
those individuals who wish to leave a lasting legacy to our coastal
Questions & Answers:
Q. What is an Eternal
Reefs Memorial Reef?
A. An Eternal Reefs Memorial Reef is a
section of artificial reef made of concrete and is designed to honor
an individual. The reefs create new marine habitats for fish and
other forms of sea life.
Q. Why build a Memorial Reef?
A. The reefs provide a nurturing
environment for fish and other forms of sea life. Establishing new
reefs supports our natural reef systems and helps replace reefs
damaged by man.
Q. Why consider Eternal Reefs as a memorial option?
Memorial Reef is a dignified and meaningful memorial for a loved one
and creates a permanent living environmental legacy in their honor.
Q. Where can I put a Memorial Reef?
A. Memorial Reefs are
placed in locations where they are most ecologically needed, and
will only be utilized in fishing and diving recreational reefs or in
marine sanctuaries. Over 1500 different reef sites have been created
worldwide. The sites are approved in areas designated appropriate by
federal, state and local governments.
Q. Will a Memorial Reef move?
A. With over 100,000 Reef Balls
deployed worldwide, the Memorial Reef design has a proven track
record and has passed every government test for stability. During
the devastating 1998 hurricane season in the Caribbean and Gulf of
Mexico many of our sites were hit directly by storms and all of our
reef units remained in place.
Q. How can specific reefs be located?
A. We record the exact
location of the memorial using GPS readings and we provide the
estate with two memorial certificates that identify the longitude
and latitude of the memorial.
Q. How long will a Memorial Reef last?
A. Our Memorial Reefs
utilize a patented concrete formula and design that is designed to
last over 500 years.
Q. Can loved one¹s remains be added to existing Memorial
A. Eternal Reefs recommends that some of the loved one¹s
ashes be saved so that a communal memorial can be built with the
ashes from both individuals. If separate reefs are dedicated, often
all of the memorials can reside in the same location.
Q. Is there a dedication for each Memorial Reef?
A. Yes. The
dedication of the Memorial Reef is a very special time for family
and friends. A charter boat can be arranged for a private service to
honor dedication of the Memorial Reef.
Q. Can I visit the location of a Memorial Reef?
Reefs are accessible by boat where loved ones can fish or dive on
the reef. For those who cannot visit the actual location, a program
is being developed to photograph and video tape the reefs as they