We all live very different lives with very different ambitions, races, religions and statuses, but there is one thing that we all have in common: death. Whether we like to admit it or not, we all would like to be remembered despite the fact that we all will eventually, well, die. But who said basic bitches can’t go out in style? Below are some of the more creatively cryptic ways someone can leave this world.
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. The iconic songstress Marilyn Monroe wasn’t wrong when she sung this on broadway way back in the 50s. Companies like LifeGem turn the cremated ashes (or even locks of hair) of your loved ones into beautifully crafted diamonds. By converting your ashes into carbon and applying heat and pressure for several weeks, human remains can be crafted to about 0.2 grams of diamond. Apparently, the chemical boron in our human bodies gives off a rich blue colour found in the cremated jewelry. A quintessential way to be remembered.
For all you tree-hugging David Suzukis out there, there may be a way to truly become one with nature. Biodegradable urns made up of coconut shells are available with tree seedlings. Your remains are simply placed in the urban where it is planted with seeds ready to germinate. You can even choose which type of plant you’d like to become!
3. Tattoo Ink
This had to be one of the biggest ‘wtf’ we came across. Turning your loved one’s ashes into tattoo ink? Is that even sanitary? According to medical practitioners, there are certain medical concerns (such as infections) involved despite tattoo artists insisting the process poses no risk. In fact, tattooists might even argue that tattooing the cremated remains (affectionally called “cremains”) is a sterile process as ashes are crushed into fine powder and mixed in with the ink.
Imagine being remembered by your favourite song? This UK vinyl company turns cremated ashes into vinyl records. By spattering the ashes onto a piece of the vinyl, plates are used to press the ashes into the grooves on the record. The inspiration? A British music producer by the name of Jason Leach was urged by the family of one of his dead clients to have his legacy continue on at music clubs after death. His solution? Turning him into a vinyl record. The ultimate way to let your song live on.
5. Hour Glass
And last but not least, there’s the good ol’ hour glass. For those of you who’ve always dreamed of the coveted, classic figure, look no more. Now’s your chance to finally don your inner Joan Holloway in an hour glass figurine.
How would you like your loved ones to remember you?
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