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Q. What is a MARS aka Memorial Artificial Reef Structure (M.A.R.S.)?

A. A Memorial Artificial Reef Structure or M.A.R.S. is a designed Memorial Artificial Reef Structure of 100% natural cast concrete that can include the cremated remains of a loved one and/or pets. Memorial Artificial Reef Structures create new marine habitats for fish and other forms of sea life.

Q. Why should I consider Memorial Artificial Reef Structure as a memorial option?

A. We believe the greatest celebration of life is to provide the opportunity for new life, and the living-breathing legacy of a Memorial Artificial Reef Structure is a dignified and meaningful environmental memorial for a loved one. If the idea of creating a meaningful contribution that will help to heal the sea and benefit future generations represents a life well lived, a Memorial Artificial Reef Structure is an ideal memorial choice. As President John F. Kennedy said, We are tied to the ocean, and when we go back to the seawe are going back from whence we came.

Q. How do you create an Memorial Artificial Reef Structure?

A. The cremated remains are mixed into concrete artificial reef structure. Once the concrete has been cured we place it aside and we add a fresh layer of concrete to the top of the cast. The family can then personalize the top of the cast with hand prints, messages etched into the damp concrete and adding small mementos like military medals and religious symbols that are not harmful to the environment. After allowing the concrete to cure overnight our staff adds the casting to a Memorial Artificial Reef Structure. The entire Memorial Artificial Reef Structure process, from casting to final placement takes three days and includes four events, the casting; the viewing and the placement / dedication. We like to say that the Memorial Artificial Reef Structure process is designed to help heal both the sea and the soul. Participation by family and friends is encouraged but not required. Our staff will handle as much, or all, of the process that you wish.

Q. Can I participate in the casting of the Memorial Artificial Reef Structure?

A. Absolutely, we have found that being involved in the creation of the Memorial Artificial Reef Structure is a very rewarding experience and is an important step in dealing with the loss of a loved one. We encourage family and friends to come and be a part of the casting process. Participants mix the remains and pour the concrete into the mold and can place hand prints and write messages in the wet concrete.

Q. Do you need all of the cremated remains to make a Memorial Artificial Reef Structure?

A. No, we can use all, some, or none of the cremated remains in the creation of an Memorial Artificial Reef Structure. Frequently families will scatter a portion of the cremated remains is a special location[s] and use the rest of the remains to create an Memorial Artificial Reef Structure as a living memorial to their loved ones life. Some religions require the cremated remains to be kept together and we can accommodate these needs.

Q. Can I place more than one set of cremated remains in a Memorial Artificial Reef Structure?

A. Yes, our Memorial Artificial Reef Structure can accommodate up to four sets of remains. Pets can be included in any of our individual reefs at no charge. There is a charge of $250 for each set of additional remains.

Q. Both my parents want to be together in the same Memorial Artificial Reef Structure, how can we do this if they pass away at different times?

A. The family will hold onto the remains until the surviving spouse passes away and then will combine both sets of remains into a Memorial Artificial Reef Structure where they will be together for eternity.

Q. Can you include Pets in a Memorial Artificial Reef Structure?

A. Including pets with their two legged family members is the single most frequent request that we get. We are glad to do this with any of our individual Memorial Artificial Reef Structure at no additional cost. It is rare that we have a placement that does not include a pet with their family member. If there is a large amount of remains, there may be an additional charge.

Q. What is the dedication?

A. On the scheduled dedication day, we have a charter boat take all the families to the reef site to witness the placement of the Memorial Artificial Reef Structure and to dedicate the site to their loved one. The cost of this charter is the only additional charge and generally costs approximately $75.00 per person. After the Memorial Artificial Reef Structure has been placed we take the family boat and move it directly over the reef site.

Q. Can I choose my location in advance?

A. We cant commit to locations in advance. The nature of reef building requires permits to be issued by the Army Corp. of Engineers for specific purposes, materials, tonnage of those materials and time frames. Deployment crews only utilizes permitted locations designated for fishing and diving recreational purposes or for habitat development. These permits can both expire and be filled out with the permitted materials, causing them to no longer be available to us. Our commitment is to work with the family at the time of need to identify the most appropriate location for their loved ones Memorial Artificial Reef Structure.

Q. Can I have more than one Memorial Artificial Reef Structure cast for my loved one?

A. Absolutely, we can include additional Memorial Artificial Reef Structures for the same memorial project. Tell us what you would like to do and we will be glad to customize your portion of the cost of the project.

Q. Can I put my Memorial Artificial Reef Structure with my loved ones Memorial Artificial Reef Structure?

A. In some cases, we can do this. It is recommended that some of the loved ones ashes be saved so that a communal memorial can be built with ashes from both parties. In many cases all of the memorials can reside in the same general location.

Q. Can we retrieve the Memorial Artificial Reef Structure at a later time?

A. No, the Memorial Artificial Reef Structure are donated to the permitted site. The Memorial Artificial Reef Structure would not be serving its purpose of improving the ecosystem of the sea if removal was allowed. Before making the decision to memorialize your loved one in an Memorial Artificial Reef Structure, everyone should be comfortable with the belief that his or her loved ones legacy will be living on with the creation of a Memorial Artificial Reef Structure.

Q. Can I put an Memorial Artificial Reef Structure anywhere?

A. No, Memorial Artificial Reef Structure can go only in properly permitted locations that are approved by the Federal, State, and local governments. We work with the families, and the state and local agencies to find the area of most need for the Memorial Artificial Reef Structure.

Q. Why build an Memorial Artificial Reef Structure?

A. Over the years, man has done a great deal of damage to the seas and oceans of our world. Many natural reefs have been destroyed and over fished. Establishing new reefs helps to take the pressure off the natural reef systems and help repair the damage that has been done by mankind. The Memorial Artificial Reef Structure artificial reef structure provide a nurturing environment for fish and other forms of sea life that are critical to the environment.

Q. How does choosing an Memorial Artificial Reef Structure differ from choosing a cremation urn?

A. Frequently families chose a cremation urn thinking of it as a final resting place for a loved ones cremated remains. Sometimes these cremation urns end up on a shelf or in a closet for the next generation to deal with. A Memorial Artificial Reef Structure is a permanent memorial that places the cremated remains in the ocean and creates new life as reef habitat for fish, turtles and other forms of sea life.

Q. How is a Memorial Artificial Reef Structure different than ash scattering?

A. We frequently hear from families who cant bring themselves to scatter a loved ones ashes. Many families and individuals want a place to visit when remembering a family member or loved one. Memorial Artificial Reef Structures are located in a specific place known to the family and friends. It provides a living memorial to visit, which does not exist when there is a scattering of ashes.

Q. How will I know where the Memorial Artificial Reef Structure is located?

A. With every Memorial Artificial Reef Structure the executor of the estate receives two memorial certificates that identify the longitude and latitude of the memorial.

Q. Can I visit the location of the Memorial Artificial Reef Structure?

A. Yes, we provide the families with the exact GPS coordinates so they can visit the reef site whenever they wish. You can visit by boat to fish or dive on the Memorial Artificial Reef Structure.

Q. How long will an Memorial Artificial Reef Structure last?

A. Marine wildlife begins growing quickly on a Memorial Artificial Reef Structure and it soon becomes a permanent part of the ocean landscape. We create a special surface texture that encourages growth of various types and sizes of marine life. This sea growth, which quickly covers the Memorial Artificial Reef Structure, not only becomes a protective layer on the memorial but also enriches the environment.
  Living Memorial

M.A.R.S. or Memorial Artificial Reef Structure are permanent reef structures that memorialize the passing of a loved one by helping to preserve and protect the marine environment for the benefit of future generations.

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