Death is an inevitable affair. There are different religious ways to deal with the dead and burial and cremation are the most common ways to dispose of the dead bodies around the globe. Nowadays people are trying new ways which sometimes are supposed to be much cleaner, greener, more economical and perhaps more unique, weird and shocking to handle the dead ones.
Space is fascinating to many and space tourism is the next big thing in the coming future. Many companies are spending billions to make space tourism a reality. But as death is unpredictable, it’s possible now to float in space as space dust and it will cost you around $2,490 to cremate your remains into space. San Francisco-based Elysium Space is now open for the space funeral service. You will receive a customized ash capsule to keep your ashes and the same will be loaded into a rocket probably Elon Musk’s SpaceX and sent off into space and make you a part of the vast and mysterious cosmos.
There is also a possibility in this fast track technological world to scatter people’s remains on the Moon and it will be a called a moon funeral which obviously will be affordable by the riches of the earth.
Turn Yourself Into A Diamond
You can be near to the heart of your loved ones after your death by turning your remains into one of the most precious stones on the earth a diamond. Once the Victorians had a weird tradition to create keepsakes from the dead ones, they use to wore jewelry made from their loved ones’ hair.
The human body is approx 18 percent carbon which is the same element from which diamonds are made. Carbon is extracted from the created remains and then treated under high heat and pressure for a few weeks to create a unique Al Gordanza memorial diamond. The company call it the diamond burial and the price of a memorial diamond starts at $2,999 for a 0.3 ct rough diamond.
The Green Cremation by Alkaline Hydrolysis
Resomation, known as water cremation, is the new alternative to flame cremation and burial. Giving people a new choice at the end of life, water cremation is a gentler, environmentally friendly option that allows a natural process using water instead of flames. It Involves dissolving human remains in a water-based alkaline solution. The body is placed in a pressurized vessel containing potassium hydroxide and heated to 152 degrees Celsius (306 °F). After only around three hours, the body is reduced to bones, which are then can be grounded into a white powder, if desired. This process uses less energy and produces fewer emissions making it one of the best Enviro friendly option.
The process is much cheaper and costs around $650.
Cryogenically Freezing Your Body
Love to die like a penguin, you can try Promession, which is an idea of how to dispose human remains by way of freeze drying. The concept of promession was developed by Swedish biologist Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak, who derived the name from the Italian word for “promise” (promessa). The promession process use liquid nitrogen to freeze-dry your corpse while extracting the water, After freezing, the body is then vibrated for several minutes and converted into the frozen dust . The dust would be collected and handed back to the family.
You could put the dust in a biodegradable coffin and bury it so that it turns into compost, In fact, Wiigh-Mäsak estimates that promession remains will turn into humus (soil) in approximately six to 18 months as part of the natural environmental cycle.
The service is unavailable as of now but you can show your interest on their official page.
Tibetan Sky Burial
If you believe that the Best way is the natural way then you should go for a Tibetan sky burial. In Tibet, villagers used to carry the dead body to the sky burial site, which is usually a high altitude place on a mountain and after some traditional rituals and prayers by Tibetan Buddhist monks, the sky vultures come and taste you. Sometimes the body is chopped into pieces by a body breaker to make it easy for the vultures.
After the feast of the vultures, the bones are collected, powdered and mixed with tsampa and given to other birds.
Interestingly, if the vultures consume the whole flash then it is taken as a good sign and, conversely, you are a sinner and even the vultures do not want to eat you. Tibetan Buddhists believe in reincarnation and treat the dead body as an empty vessel without the spirit. So, offering the body to vultures is considered an act of compassion towards nature.
Treemation, is to turn yourself into a tree with the help of eco pods which are made out of your ashes. Capsula Mundi is a cultural and broad-based project, which envisions a different approach to the way we think about death. It’s an egg-shaped pod, an ancient and perfect form, made of biodegradable material, where our departed loved ones are placed for burial. Ashes will be held in small egg-shaped bio urns while bodies will be laid down in a fetal position in larger pods. The Capsula will then be buried as a seed in the earth. A tree, chosen in life by the deceased, will be planted on top of it and serve as a memorial for the departed and as a legacy for posterity and the future of our planet.
Like the idea, surely you will like the price too, a white capsula mundi biodegradable urn will cost you around US $457.00.
Plastinate Your Body and Become A Dummy
Plastination is a process designed to preserve the body for educational and instructional purposes but in a more detailed way than ever before. Plastinates are dry, odorless, durable and are particularly valuable educational tools not only for medical professionals but also for a broader public. You can opt to become one of Gunther von Hagens’s plastinated anatomical figures. So far, around 17,000 people have signed up to have their remains turned into anatomical studies, including the scientist’s wife and family.
Von Hagens developed a technique to remove all bodily fluids and soluble fats from tissue and replace them with vacuum-forced injections of plastic into the empty tissue cells so that they harden. Von Hagens had thus invented a way of preserving anatomical specimens so that they could be handled and examined in the open air, rather than peered at through a jar.
Gunther von Hagens has himself expressed a desire to be plastinated when he dies and has said that he would like to be placed at the entrance to his plastinarium.
Turn Yourself Into A Vinyl Record
Rest in Vinyl, is the tag line of a company which can press your ashes into a working vinyl disc. The ashes are added to the record and can be seen with the naked eye. Only about a teaspoonful of ashes are used per record. The company providing this offbeat service is And Vinyly. It was formed in the Noughties by music producer Jason Leach from Scarborough, England. “It was not intended to be a business,” he told the BBC in 2017. “It was the result of having a bit of fun with what at the time felt like a shocking and disconcerting inevitability.”
Like most of the other mentioned unique ways of rest in peace, this option isn’t cheap. The minimum cost is $1,160 and with luxury features such as RIV artwork, the price can rise to around $4,600.