If you suffer from taphephobia, the fear of being buried alive, or fear being exhumed someday long after you are buried or just think ground burial or basic cremation are simply too boring of an end for your unique and wonderful life (or the life of a loved one, including a pet), then consider these four other options:
1. Funeral Diamonds
One of the key elements in cremated human remains happens to be carbon — and now that carbon can be magically transformed into an array of precious stones, including diamonds, by a company called LifeGem. So, your beloved significant other can then wear you post-humously around their neck or on their finger in a lovely gold, silver or platinum setting.
2. Star Dust
Celestis Inc., will rocket your ashes into the earth’s orbit or launch them into outer space. For a little under a $1000 your cremated remains can experience an Earth Rise service, or for $12,500 a portion of your remains can be launched into deep space. For the ultimate space journey, Celestis now offers the Sunjammer option:
The Sunjammer solar sail mission will carry your loved one on a monumental, truly historic mission into deep space — a mission that could last for millions of years. Space Services Holdings, Inc. – Celestis’ parent company – is part of a team of leading aerospace companies and government agencies – led by NASA – that is developing and launching Sunjammer, the world’s largest solar sail. Your loved one will be a pioneer in a new era of space exploration for all, journeying 3 million kilometers towards the sun, the farthest distance ever travelled by humankind. This incredible mission will ensure those on board their rightful place in history.
My concern with any of these rocket ship options (other than the price tag!) is the potentially astronomical carbon footprint of the endeavor. But, if a rocket is already being launched and your remains happen to be on board and then catapulted into space, it would be quite profound to know that someday you could drift among the stars in the quite solitude of the celestial heavens.
3. Become a Coral Reef
The company Eternal Reef will cast your ashes into a 100 percent natural cast reef mold which is then lowered into the ocean to help create new habitat for a plethora of colorful sea creatures. Some people choose to be buried together or with deceased pets and Eternal reef is happy to accommodate such requests.
Being transformed into a coral reef may be one of the most environmental friendly ways to manage human remains. Personally, I think this is a rather cool option.
4. Cryogenic Freezing
If you hope that someday modern science will transcend science fiction and be able to truly reanimate dead people (and not in zombie form), then cryogenic freezing is the option for you. By using liquid nitrogen, human remains are cryogenically frozen without damaging tissue. The Alcor Life Foundation, an organization that promotes cryonics explains that cryonics is a speculative life support technology that seeks to preserve human bodies in a state that will be viable and treatable by future medicine. This option is a gamble, but how amazing would it be to be reanimated one hundred years into the future?
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