Someday you could sleep with the fishes. That’s not a line from The Godfather. In this case, it means you could spend eternity in an underwater cemetery.
Located in the Atlantic Ocean, 3.25 miles east of Key Biscayne, Florida, the Neptune Memorial Reef was created in 2007 by cremation-services provider the Neptune Society. The reef is designed to attract fish and to promote the growth of coral and marine organisms. The goal is to “create life… after life.”
A pair of lions guard its entrance columns, which guard stone roads, soaring gates, and crumbling ruins. All of the construction is underwater. The Neptune Society’s ultimate goal is to create a 16-acre city containing the remains of 125,000 people. Currently, the reef covers a quarter of an acre and is the final resting place of a few hundred.
The Neptune Memorial Reef serves as a living reef and is modeled after the lost city of Atlantis. Anyone wishing to bury their loved one at the underwater city can hand over the cremated remains, in person or by mail, to be mixed with cement and sand, poured into a shell- or starfish-shaped mold, and added to the reef. Family members are welcome to participate in the process, either by scuba diving or watching from a boat above. Of course, anyone may visit the reef at any time for free.
You can read more about the Neptune Memorial Reef in Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neptune_Memorial_Reef as well as in the Neptune Memorial Reef web site at http://www.nmreef.com.