Lin Hui Zhen, 76, weeps as she clutches the small bag carrying the ashes of her late husband Fu Yao Ming, 80, before placing them in a metal chute during a sea burial organized by the Funeral and Internment Administration of Shanghai on March 23, 2014 on a ferry in the East China Sea off Shanghai, China.
The city has carried out thousands of sea burials over the years, and although a departure from local custom the practice is slowly gaining popularity as a real alternative to the traditional ways.
A Chinese woman is helped after placing the ashes of a relative into the sea during a burial on March 22.
A funeral worker leads a ceremony to honor the dead at a sea burial on a ferry on March 22.
Funeral workers push a cart carrying bags with the ashes of the deceased before handing them over to relatives prior to a sea burial on March 22.
Relatives pause as they place the ashes of a loved one into the East China Sea on March 22.
Zhou Ming Fa, 72, fights back tears as he waits to deposit the ashes of his late wife Bai Ping Lan, 69, into the sea on March 22.
Relatives place flower petals in a bag carrying the ashes of a relative during a sea burial on a ferry on March 22.
Chinese funeral workers from the Funeral and Internment Administration of Shanghai stand as relatives board a ferry that would take them for a sea burial ceremony on March 22.
Fang Fang sits with flowers and the ashes of her father during a sea burial on a ferry on March 22.