As the cremation rates skyrocket in the US, it’s encouraging to see people opening their minds to the myriad of possibilities for final disposition of the ashes. I don’t know about you, but the idea of being saddled with one more ‘what do I do with this?’ item is discouraging, and even moreso when it’s not even something you could donate (like the gawdy porcelain bald-eagle-with-flags statuette that still lives in our house 20 years after being lovingly bequeathed to us by a dying relative.)
And there are so many good options surfacing!
There’s jewelry made from ash, and beautiful urns to contain the ashes if you want to hold on to them. Or urns that will honor the surroundings you place them in, from water soluble urns for a sea interment or ones that will help you grow into a tree.
If you choose scattering, you can easily find services for sea scattering in any major seaside town. Scattering, as an official practice, isn’t condoned in many locations (state and national parks, for example), but there are many locations that do welcome your ashes, at times for free (like Eloise Woods, near Austin). Of course, many folks act under the old “it’s only illegal if you get caught” adage and scatter in off-limits areas anyway–not that I condone that, mind you!
The most fascinating option for ashes that I’ve seen in a while: Mesoloft. This company offers to launch ashes 17 miles up into near space, and then release them to return to earth–possibly joining in the upper atmosphere to orbit the earth on winds, or come back down as rain or snow. And they’ll video the release with GoPro cameras on the weather balloon as well.
What do you think? Look like a cool option? One you’d choose?