Modern Living: California's Funeral Sails

The idea is old and really quite romantic. In the 9th century, deceased Viking VlPs were laid out in their own longboats and floated off to Odin in funerary flames. Today's cremation and deep-sixing are no longer simultaneous, somewhat diminishing the dramatic impact. But in California, burial at sea is once again becoming the with-it way to go.

Californians by the thousands are registering for membership ($15 per person, $25 per couple) in burial-at-sea clubs that for an additional fee provide pickup, cremation and the scattering of ashes at sea. Such clubs as the...

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