8 Out-of-the-Ordinary Burial Practices
Most of us are familiar with modern burial methods, which basically consist of either body cremation or body preservation and in-ground or crypt placement. But did you know that there are a number of other ‘acceptable’ options out there? While some of these will seem very bizarre, the truth is they are practiced more often than you may think. Here is an opportunity for you to learn something new regarding the array of choices you have when it comes to what can be done with your remains after you die. Check out…
1. Make Your Ashes into a Portrait
By mixing one’s ashes with a specific oil paint, a portrait of the deceased can easily be painted, providing living loved ones with something serious to remember them by. The company that does this will make sure that the bereaved have something attractive that will help keep the loved one before the eyes and close to the heart.
2. Rocket the Ashes into Outer Space
You may have heard of this one. A small amount of the dearly departed’s ashes are taking onto a rocket ship and subsequently shot into space to orbit around forever. The amount taken will fit in a container about the same size as a lipstick. This was first done in 1997.
3. ‘Carbon Copies’
This is a strange one. The cremated remains are taken and transformed into a pencil, which is then imprinted with the name of the deceased, as well as their birth and death years. 240 pencils are made, and they come in a box which only allows for one to be taken out at a time. As they are used the box sharpens them, and the shavings are trapped inside the box. When all the pencils are gone the box is filled with shavings which are made up of your loved one. There is also a window on the box which allows the user to see a timeline of the pencils’ use.
4. ‘Eternal Reefs’
‘Eternal Reefs’ creates a steel reef ball and places the ashes of the deceased inside of it. The ball is then put into the ocean, and in time it becomes a real, living reef. Not only does this replace the urn method, but it is conducive to a healthy ocean environment.
5. Alkaline Hydrolisis
Alkaline hydrolysis alters the state of the remains by transforming them into a brown-colored liquid rather that cremating or burying them. It is said to be good for the environment to implement this method. The liquid is similar in appearance and consistency to motor oil, and they say it smells like ammonia, or urine. It is so sterile, however, that it can be poured safely down the drain. There are only two facilities, both located in the United States, which implement the process: Rochester, Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic and Gainesville’s University of Florida.
Talk about a keepsake! ‘LifeGem’ is a company that will take the carbon-based remains of the deceased and make them into a high-quality diamond and place it into a piece of jewelry for the bereaved to wear.
7. Heavens Above Fireworks
This is another method that you may be familiar with. The company ‘Heavens Above will put the ashes of your loved one into fireworks and shoot them into the skies above. Not only do you get to enjoy the show, but you can say your farewell with a literal bang.
8. Ecological Burial
And finally, ecological burial. A company called Promessa is making the burial of your loved one ecologically friendly. They turn the corpse into a powder which is hygienic and organic, but is completely odorless as well. They then separate all contaminants which results in the corpse being non-damaging to the environment, so you can pretty much do what you want with it without fear of negative environmental or health repercussions.