With a rise in the number of people opting for cremation over burial and the fact that more and more people are interested in doing something a little different with their ashes, we decided to take a look at what can be done with cremated remains once the funeral service is over. Although some may not appreciate using burial remains for such purposes, others love the idea of being able to remember lost family members in a unique way that speaks to the deceased’s interests and passions.
Below we take a look at seven different things that you can do with ashes. If any of them are particularly appealing to you, be sure to specify what you would like done with your ashes within your funeral plan.
Arguably the most conventional thing that can be done with your loved one’s ashes, scattering remains a popular choice. Typically, people will scatter ashes at a place that holds some special significance to the deceased. Nature spots where you used to go for walks, favourite viewpoints and places where the deceased spent a lot of time could all be good places to scatter cremated remains.
Becoming a diamond
Thanks to the miracles of 21st century science, it’s possible to turn the ashes of your loved one into a diamond. Natural diamonds take between 1 to 3.3 billion years to be created, but in a specially built laboratory that simulates the heat and pressure that creates a diamond, this can be cut to around twenty-four weeks.
Becoming a coral reef
There are a number of businesses out there that will use cremated remains along with concrete to build coral reefs underwater, creating new habitats for fish and other sea life. Perfect for those that want to return to nature and give something back after death, the process has proved incredibly popular with over 1,800 such reefs already built on the east coast of the United States.
If you were thinking of getting a tattoo to remember a relative, why not go one step further and have a special memorial tattoo done. For this service, a qualified tattoo artist will mix the ink with some of the deceased’s cremated remains in order to complete a design of your choosing.
Pressing into vinyl
For those with a passion for music, perhaps there’s nothing better than becoming one with the sounds of your favourite band or musician upon death. If that’s the case, its now possible to have your ashes pressed into a vinyl record. Your loved one’s ashes will then become up to twenty-four minutes of a sound of your choice. Popular choices are recorded farewells, the voice of the deceased, their favourite music or perhaps music that they made but never released. The simple and satisfying pop and crackle of the needle on a record, and the warmth of a vinyl pressing can make you forget that your loved one has passed, if only temporarily.
Travelling to outer space
There are now a number of commercial space flight operators offering a service by which cremated remains are flown into space and left to drift amongst the stars. If your loved one’s one wish in life was to go to the moon, maybe having their remains strapped to a rocket and shot into space is the next best thing.
Going out with a bang
Finally, if you or a recently deceased family member always wanted to go out with a bang, it’s now possible to do so. A few companies provide a service in which your remains are packaged into fireworks that can then be let off at the end of a memorial service or family gathering, ensuring that you’re remembered in style.
Read our tips on how to create a personal funeral service for more like this.