Unique Ways to Spread Ashes
In years past, families had limited choices when it came to what they could do with a loved one’s ashes. In most cases, the cremated remains were either stored in an urn at home or scattered in a meaningful place. While there are many different types of ash scattering ceremonies, they all follow a very similar premise. A family comes together and everyone takes turns spreading a little bit of the ashes while sharing memories of the deceased.
As technology has continued to advance, companies are now offering new and innovative ways to spread ashes. If your family is not enthused about the standard ash spreading ceremonies, consider one of the following unique ash spreading ideas. Much like how personalization has become a priority for funeral services and celebrations of life, many of these ideas allow family to personalize the way they spread ashes.
Check them out below:
Go Out of This World
If you want to give your loved one a truly unique send off, US based company Celestis offers memorial space flights. The company has several different options for taking the remains high above the clouds and spreading ashes in space. For the low price of $1295, your family can have your loved ones remains flown into space before returning to Earth. If you want to spend a bit more, other options include a trip to the moon or an endless voyage through space exploring the unknown.
Become One with The Sea
Who doesn’t love spending time relaxing on the beach. Thanks to the companies like Eternal Reef and Neptune Society, families can now have their loved one’s ashes transformed into a coral reef. With sites off the coast of Miami and other coastal spots across the country, your loved one can now become a permanent part of the ocean. The companies construct the man-made reefs by mixing the cremated remains with natural cast concrete to create healthy new habitats for fish and other marine life.
Give Them a Viking Funeral
As legend has it, the Vikings would give their fallen warriors a truly unique send off. While today you can’t place a full-sized body on a boat and send it out to sea on fire, you can replicate it with their ashes. Cradle to Grave is an innovative company offering hand-woven, flammable Viking funeral urns. The UK-based (international shipping available) company sells water-tight tiny willow ships that can be filled with ashes before being cast off the shore and lit on fire.
Have A Final Round
Whether your loved one was a Veteran, police officer, avid hunter, or gun enthusiast – Holy Smoke offers the perfect memorial solution. The Alabama-based company takes just a small amount of the cremated remains (about 1 pound) and mixes it into rifle, pistol, and shotgun ammunition. This creative way to pay tribute to a loved one brings a whole new meaning to the 21-gun salute.
An Artistic Goodbye
It’s quite common for people to get tattoos that pay tribute to a loved one’s memory. If you want to have a truly unique tattoo, some artists will now mix a portion of your loved ones remains in the tattoo ink. Other companies are now also offering this service for paints and clay as well. For people who had an appreciation of art, these artistic options are a great way to honor a life.
Light Up the Sky
Whether it’s a birthday, Memorial Day or New Year’s Eve, fireworks are always used to close out the celebration. What better way to honor a loved one then by concluding their celebration of life with a fireworks display. The most creative thing about this idea is you can now turn cremated ashes into fireworks. There are several companies across the country that can create custom fireworks that include some of your loved one’s ashes. There’s no better way to celebrate a life well lived than with a beautiful fireworks display.