So much of the funeral and memorial industry is centered around products and services that will ensure you (or your loved one) continue to live on in the memories of the ones left behind, long after they’ve passed. Fingerprint jewelry, tattoos (new, done with ashes of the person, or old, preserved from the body of your departed beloved), glass baubles made from ash, paintings and custom urns and trees and interactive websites and memorial Facebook pages, and on and on–there are as many ways as there are deaths, it seems.
Often, I’ve read (and also heard it said) that grieving people become distressed when they lose or forget the smell of their loved one. Essence on pillows and shirts and such, unless preserved, will likely fade with time; there may still be many environmental smells (baking, books, BO–in the case of my much-beloved grandparents!) which would trigger memories, but the unique smell of someone’s own body is usually gradually lost once the person has died.
If you have $600 to spare, a French start-up company will extract the specific odor of your loved one from an article of their clothing, and use the roughly 100 molecules of information to recreate the smell in a perfume.
In the grand scheme of funeral prices, $600 isn’t out of the ballpark of what people will pay to remember or memorialize their loved ones. Caskets most always cost more. Headstones and plots sure do, as can some cremation jewelry and many urns! Obituaries (at $10/line in my local paper) could add up to $600 rather rapidly.
What do you think? Eau de Spouse? L’air Du Temps Maman? Could you imagine it worth $600 to you to be able to recall the specific smell of someone you loved?
And if so, how would you use it? Spray it on an object? Scent yourself with it?