Burials at sea gain popularity in Japan

New England Burials At Sea LLC founder Brad White says the company has seen a spike in interest from Japan.

New England Burials At Sea LLC founder Brad White says the company has seen a spike in interest from Japan.

“This burial-at-sea topic is of great interest to our audience, as Japan is facing an increasing scarcity of land for cemeteries,” NHK associate producer general bureau for America Kenji McCulley said in a statement. “People are looking for better ways to bury their loved ones.”

NHK is Japan’s national television network and is also known as the Japan Broadcasting Corp.

“The NHK documentary team from New York and Tokyo showed an interest in our business model and was invited to attend a private family burial-at-sea event on June 29, 2015, organized by www.newenglandburialsatsea.com in Newburyport, Mass., and they recorded a New England family performing the dual scattering of the cremated remains of their father and sister three miles to sea, east of Plum Island, Massachusetts — a place where they loved to summer and their final wish was to be scattered there,” White said.

The family contacted New England Burials At Sea and arranged the scattering ceremony attended by family and friends and followed by a catered luncheon, White said.

To prepare for expected increased web traffic, New England Burials At Sea added a new Japanese-specific web page, as well as Japanese telephone translators to assist in new reservations.