Chinese funeral customs in the 1950s and 1960s, family members usually chose to perform cremation or burial ceremonies for the dead. Believers usually choose the burial ceremony because the cremation ceremony was not well accepted at that time.
Nowadays, the new generation have gradually accepted cremation rituals due to the influence of Western customs.
Sea burials were unheard of in the 1950s and 1960s. This kind of sea burial ceremony is sometimes regarded as an act of unfilial hence is not accepted. Of course, the reason is due to the misunderstanding caused by the customary and culture influence at that time.
There are merit reasons for sea burial. For example, if deceased’s ashes are placed at the niche where no one worship after a few years, and should there be any relocation plan for the niche, the ashes will remain unclaimed. The ashes will then be disposed by the management committee in their own way, hence it will be unfortunate for the deceased’s soul.
With sea burial, there is no need to worry that no one will claim the ashes. In fact, in recent years, sea burial ceremony has been gradually accepted by believers.