Although placing cremation ashes in an urn, is traditionally how cremation remains are handled, recently several unique options have become available to personalize how you handle your loved one’s remains. Today, we are sharing these unique options, with the 7 we found to be the most unique and interesting.
1. Star Treatment: Celestis Memorial Spaceflights offers a variety of options for a space burial. Their process allows for a symbolic portion of cremated remains to be placed into Earth orbit, onto the lunar surface, and into deep space. Missions into space that return the cremated remains to Earth are also available. Your loved one will venture into space as part of a real space mission, riding alongside a commercial or scientific satellite. Pricing for these flights start at $999 and can exceed $12,000.
2. Diamonds & Jewels: LifeGems, among other service providers, offer to turn cremation remains into diamonds. LifeGems are a certified, high-quality diamond created from a lock of hair or the cremated ashes of your loved one as a memorial to their unique life. The gems are available in colorless, blue, red, yellow and green. Pricing on LifeGems start at $2600. Other vendors provide diamonds and gems as well, while others can incorporate cremains into beads or other jewelry.
3. Fireworks: A UK-based company, Heavens Above Fireworks, will use cremation ashes in fireworks and provide a display similar in style to the spectacular shows seen at some public events. The fireworks they use are big professional fireworks, not available to the public, with some of the fireworks being unique, including the cremation ashes. Prices for this service start at 2000 euros. We’d expect that this option will eventually make it’s way to the US.
4. Ocean Reefs: Eternal Reefs offers a memorial choice that replaces cremation urns and ash scattering with a permanent environmental living legacy. The reefs are made 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 an environmentally safe cement mixture designed to create 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.
5. Glass: By suspending cremated remains within solid glass globes and pendants, Memory Glass provides a unique method of memorializing your family, friends and pets. They offer several different glass shapes, including hearts, orbs and pendants.
6. A work of art: Artists are now incorporating ashes into their paint and making portraits or other works of art. These paintings are a beautiful way to memorialize a loved one, incorporating their interests or likes within the work of art. Oil paintings through Art in Ashes start at around $550.
7. My teddy bear: Huggables Collection offers a line of teddy bears and other keepsakes stuffed with cremation ashes. Pricing of these bears are around $250.
With all of these trends, come more unique options, including ashes being made into Hour Glasses, or releasing cremains into the sky within a balloon. There will always continue to be more unique ways to handle cremation remains. All of these unique options help families create a special memory for their loved one. How will you memorialize your loved one? How would you want your cremation remains be handled?