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Reef in Peace offers another option for funeral planning

It’s never too early to start planning for your own or your loved one’s posthumous arrangements.

Gloucester-based business Reef in Peace offers individuals an alternative to headstones and urns. Instead, Reef in Peace provides an environmentally beneficial and aquatic final resting place for you and your loved ones.

Owner Brian Bayford said his business creates underwater memorials to store ashes while, at the same time, benefiting the seafloor.

The memorials are made with a mixture of concrete, oyster shell and crushed coral calcium, said Bayford. The ashes are stored in an inner chamber in the memorial and a plaque is placed on the top to display the individual’s information.

Bayford said the tetrahedron memorials weigh between 200 and 500 pounds, which is based on the requirements set by the state in which the memorials are being placed. Currently, Reef in Peace drops memorials out of Virginia Beach and Venice Beach in Florida.

The shape allows them to sink to the bo...

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