10 Oct Weird and Wonderful Things to do With Your Ashes
Death is an evitable part of life and totally out of our control. However, one thing you can decide on is what to do with your body once the inevitable has happened.
Cremations over burial are being promoted now because of social, technological, and philosophical reasons. Due to rapid industrialisation, there is a need for more land, therefore less space for burials and concerns about public hygiene because of corpses buried nearer the surface of the earth. Also, technological advancements have led to the creation of modern cremation equipment which reduces the body to its basic elements.
Cremation has also become more popular because people live further away from their family roots. This is due to fact that it is easier for people to relocate all over the world. Cremation provides more flexibility in terms of memorialisation compared to the method of burying in a cemetery or graveyard. The cremated remains can be stored in an urn and displayed on a shelf or mantle at home. You can carry the cremated remains of the deceased with you if you are moving elsewhere but this not possible in case of burial.
So the question is, what to do with your ashes? The usual and perhaps normal thing to do is to keep the cremated remains in an urn at home. But who wants to be normal? The subject may not seem particularly exciting at first glance, however an entire industry has sprouted, designed to cater for your post-death wishes.
We have researched the weirdest and most wonderful things you can do with your ashes. These innovative ideas are designed to create positive last memories and to celebrate life rather than mourning death.
Get shot into Space
Did you ever dream of going into space? Well the dream is still alive, even if you’re not! A company called ‘Celestis’ have already been operating for 20 years that can make this dream come true. This company can send your ashes to space. On launch day, the group travels to witness together the majesty and power of the launch. The launch is also webcasted for family members and friends who cannot attend. For around £4000 you can purchase the uniquely compelling ‘Earth Orbit service’ sending a spacecraft carrying cremated remains or DNA into orbit where it remains until it re-enters the atmosphere, harmlessly vaporizing like a shooting star in final tribute. For around £10000 you can purchase the ‘Luna’ or ‘Voyager’ service sending a spacecraft to earth’s closest neighbor the moon, or beyond in a true mission of exploration.
Become part of a Reef
Similar to planting a tree, but instead of creating life you can help preserve it under the sea level. You can become part of a coral reef. Let that sink in… ‘Eternal Reefs’ offers a unique memorial choice that replaces cremation urns and ash scatterings with a permanent environmental living legacy as a gift to the environment and generations yet to come. Prices ranging from £3000 – £6000 depending on sizes which attract different sized species of sea life. Families and friends are invited and encouraged to participate in the creation of their loved one’s memorial reef. From placing your hand print in the damp concrete during the casting, making a rubbing of the bronze plaque during the viewing ceremony.
Become a Tree
You can also plant your ashes to become a tree. The idea of creating life after death promoting sustainable living, or just one for the tree huggers out there. From just £100 you can simply order online bio-degradable urns and plant a tree from the remains in the designated zones. these small scattering keepsake memorial tree urns are for burying a small portion (35 cubic inches) of ashes in an eco-friendly, sustainable planter, which will then grow into a beautiful memorial tree of your choice in your memory. Memorial trees contain a unique mix that aids in the release of beneficial plant nutrients, which are found in cremated ashes. By themselves, ashes are harmful to plants’ health and well-being. However, by planting the ‘EterniTrees’ urn with your loved one’s cremated ashes, you cultivate a mixture that nourishes and sustains your memorial tree.
Become a Firework
To finish off with a bang, you can shoot your ashes up in a firework. There are special fireworks displays which include a number of unique fireworks designed or modified to incorporate cremation ashes, allowing for a spectacular personal memorial event. With ‘Heavens Above Fireworks’ Pricing ranging from £900-£1900 depending on the size of display, with ideas on how the event might be tailored to suit individual requirements. For example, displays can be synchronized to favorite music pieces and/or supported by additional features, perhaps a Champagne toast. Typically these displays last from about 5 minutes and are often extended or enhanced.
So there you have it, a small sample of some of the weird and wonderful things to do with your ashes. There are some other notable mentions, for example: Mixed into paint, infused into a diamond, mixed into tattoo ink, put into a teddy bear or into jewelry. Have you decided what you want to do with your ashes? Perhaps you may be interested in one of these ideas or still prefer to be buried? Let us know your thoughts and get involved with our twitter poll here!
— Clarity Wills (@ClarityWills) October 10, 2017