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About Eternal Reefs

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Eternal Reefs, Inc. provides a creative, environmentally enhancing means to memorialize the cremated remains of a loved one. For families and individuals that choose cremation rather than burial, Eternal Reefs offers a new memorial choice that replaces cremation urns and ash scattering with a permanent environmental living legacy.

An Eternal Reefs "memorial reef" is a designed reef system of environmentally safe cast concrete that is used to create new marine habitats for fish and other forms of sea life. Eternal Reefs takes the cremated remains and incorporates them into a cement mixture used to cast designed artificial reef formations. The memorial reefs are taken to a curing area and then placed in the permitted ocean location selected by the individual, friend or family member. 

The Reef Ball Foundation is the primary strategic partner with Eternal Reefs, Inc. The Reef Ball Foundation was created in 1992 by a group of environmentally conscious college friends who enjoyed diving. In order to reclaim the lost natural reefs, the foundation developed a patented mold system with an environmentally friendly concrete formula. With their advanced technology in the development of these new reefs called, "reef balls," The Reef Ball Foundation became the recognized leader in scientifically designed artificial reefs. By 2005, there have been more than 400,000 reef balls placed in the ocean worldwide.  , .

Eternal Reefs, Inc. was created in 1998 when Carleton Glen Palmer, the father-in-law of Eternal Reefs founder, Don Brawley, requested that his cremated remains be added to the concrete in one of The Reef Ball Foundationís reefs. On May 1, 1998, the first in a series of memorial reefs was cast with Carlton Palmerís cremated remains. These memorials were placed in the Gulf of Mexico to create a beautiful reef that is now teeming with sea life.

In 2001, the first Eternal Reefs Memorial Reef dedication was held in Charleston, South Carolina.  Expected to last 500 years, over 300 Memorial Reefs, have been placed off the coasts of Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, New Jersey, Texas and Virginia. For more information about Eternal Reefs please visit: www.eternalreefs.com.

 

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