Losing a loved one can be such a burden to bare. It is difficult to know exactly how to handle the new life you are living, once they have passed. Figuring out a way to memorialize your loved one is so important to finding closure in the event. If you have chosen to go the route of cremating the one you love, there are many options of what can be done with the remains. Scattering ashes on water is a popular way to remember your loved one. Another growing trend, besides scattering ashes, is to contribute to man made reefs in different parts of the world. One such reef is in the Weymouth Bay off the south coast of England.
What is the Weymouth Reef
The Weymouth Reef was created by a conservation group named the Wreck to Reef. They made the reef out of 2,000 tonnes of Portland stone in 2012. Divers have spent countless hours working to create this reef to restore balance to the sea life.
How Can You Be a Part of the Construction
One of the ways this artificial reef is funded is through individuals paying to have their loved ones ashes made into the stones which are placed in the reef. Each one of these stones have a plaque with the memorial information attached.
Back in 2013, there were a whole host of baby lobsters released into the reef. Divers took the lobsters to their new home in small plastic containers. They placed these babies into their new dwelling place in order to boost the number of crustaceans in this area. It will take about 5-6 years for the lobsters to grow in such number that they will be too numerous to all inhabit the artificial reef.
There have been a growing number of artificial reefs being created in different parts of the ocean. These environmental endeavors help increase the health of ocean life. What better way to give back to the world by helping to fund these projects and allow your loved ones to be a part of these living memorials.
To see a video of the lobsters being released into the Weymouth Reef, go here.