Water Burial Ceremonies Explained

Water burials have been popular throughout history, whether that be a Viking burial, involving a flaming arrow to ignite a raft. leading the deceased into Valhalla. Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians partook in water burials too, alongside cremation and land burial.

In Buddhist and Hindu cultures, water burials took the form of cremation, followed by the scattering of the deceased's ashes at a body of water, this is a form of water burial that has been adapted over centuries and has become a standard for water burial ceremonies alongside burials at sea. Burials at sea have also become adapted with the inclusion of the burial of cremated remains using a water burial urn, and aren't just limited to the burial of an individual that hasn't been cremated.

Biodegradable materials like wood were used throughout history, but through the early Roman periods through to the Renaissance. Ceramics, which don't have biodegradable properties have risen in prominence, both for décor purposes and for artistic vases. This has proven to be an issue for many who wish to give their loved ones an eco friendly ceremony, especially in more eco conscious times where we are given reminders of our impact on the environment more and more.

Despite common misconceptions, cremation leaves only bone fragments which are then pulverised into a fine powder, this powder is not as eco friendly as people would like, which has posed further issues for people looking to hold a water burial ceremony post cremation.

Creating a biodegradable wooden urn for ashes is not necessarily difficult, a simple wooden container for ashes will suffice, but the cremated remains may be an issue for some. This has swiftly been counteracted with the use of a biodegradable ashes bag, as well as the makeup of the biodegradable urns releasing materials that help the environment they are released into, providing a net positive effect on the environment.

Water Burial Ceremonies in the 21st Century

Water burials held by families will often involve the giving of speeches, remembering the best times shared between family and friends, followed by softly releasing the biodegradable urn into the water. We recommend the Journey Biodegradable Urn alongside an assortment of flower petals to enhance the ambiance of the ceremony.


This particular cremation urn is made from Mulberry trees and contains the aforementioned ashes bag, the mulberry tree bark softens as it becomes damp, softly submerging and releasing the ashes.

You can also see the petals being used alongside the urn being placed onto the water. This urn for ashes is available in a range of sizes as well as a variety of colours to suit the atmosphere you want to create.

When it comes to picking a particular location, we have written comprehensive guides discussing the various beautiful locations for both scattering ashes and a water burial ceremony.