So, what should I do with these ashes?
But what else is there? Is that all?
Of course not!
Earlier this spring, I told you about the ability to have them spread in space.
Even further outside the box:
- Have the ash made into a set of shotgun shells or rifle cartridges, to send your favorite hunter off with a bang.
- Commission a custom glassware piece from the ash.
- Mix ash with ink and have your loved one tattooed onto your body.
- Keep some ash close to you in a locket or pendant.
Is there something unique about you that would lend itself to a non-traditional ash usage? Consider the case of Mark Gruenwald, a comic book editor:
Mark Gruenwald (1953-1996), Marvel Comics editor who died of a fatal heart attack wished to be cremated. He also wanted his ashes to be put into a comic book by mixing them into the ink used for printing one of Marvel’s titles.
The company obliged his request in 1997 and reprinted a 1985 collection of Squadron Supreme with a specially prepared ink that included Gruenwald’s ashes.
In the book’s foreword, his widow Catherine wrote, “He remained true to his passion for comics, as he has truly become one with the story and blended himself in the very fiber of the book.”
There are so many more options other than just scattering out there, in all price ranges. Only you can know what is truly right for your final send off! Do think it through (and write it down) now though–you wouldn’t want your ashes to become the albatross around your loved ones’ necks, right?