Every time someone mentions urns, this is what I think of:
Am I the only one? I’m pretty sure Ben Stiller ruined the thought of ashes staying on display on the mantles of relatives for many. I recently read this article on a creative new way to, I guess you could say utilize, a person’s remains. As in, bodily. Everyone has their own preference for what should be done with their body upon the day that they finally kick the bucket; some may see this process as religious or spiritual in nature, and others see it as a peaceful end into nothingness. I know over the years relatives have expressed their woes about it ‘just not being the same these days,’ trashing on the ever-so-loved millennials and their likelihood to go visit a cemetery to say hey to gramps after he’s passed on (for the record, I’ve visited so that I won’t be haunted by said threatening-and-now-deceased relatives). Nevertheless, for those who decide to be cremated, most situations I’ve heard of ashes are discretely let off in a nice locale, thrown to the wind by the next of kin. But what about those that don’t want to toss the ashes? What about those that want a familial reminder but not a headstone or a potential Meet The Parents reenactment?
You can now apparently turn your ashes into DIAMONDS
Ok, so aside from this sounding slightly creepy, it really is a novel idea I think. I mean, first of all, apparently a person’s remains generate around a pound of ashes. One pound of ashes is enough for one sizable gem, but can also produce multiple, meaning more to go around for the family. It’s a nice permanent way to remember a loved one without real estate or much shelf space. Cost wise, it’s about the same as a service would be–and yes, funerals are a pricey ordeal, but you’re going to have to do something for end-of-life care regardless. Aside from the obvious pretty result, I think it is a more practical way of holding on to ‘ashes’. I highly doubt there would be a high market value for a diamond made of someone’s ashes, unless they were famous or such–but then again, wouldn’t the family still want to keep that for themselves as a token of their relative’s life like they would the actual ashes?
Nevertheless, while I presently have no children or grandchildren to speak of, I think I would much rather pass on a semiprecious stone with a little bit (or a lot bit, actually) of me in it for them as a keepsake, then a random plot of land with overgrown shrubbery in a city they may never visit.
Would you consider doing this with your ashes? Do you think its a passing trend or an alternative that future generations will seriously consider?