Ashes To Ashes: Now You Can Have Your Cremated Remains Launched Into the Abyss of Space

Friday, 17 August 2018 - 11:55AM
Friday, 17 August 2018 - 11:55AM
Ashes To Ashes: Now You Can Have Your Cremated Remains Launched Into the Abyss of Space
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Have you given any thought to what you want done with your remains when you die? It's a day that comes for all of us, and while there only used to be two main choices, there are now a lot of options for those who don't want their physical form to be put in a box and lowered into the ground or reduced to ash and placed on the mantle. Two of the more unique memorial options both involve cremation, but they are on opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of where your earthly remains (or those of a loved one) will end up. 

The first is offered by a company called Neptune Memorial and is perfect for someone with a connection to water and marine life, because it allows the deceased to have their cremated remains entered into a man-made "sunken cemetery" a few miles off the coast of Miami, Florida. The cemetery is now a living coral reef that will be span 16 acres when completed. For around $2,600, you can reserve a spot in the reef where your family can dive 40 feet to the ocean floor to visit your final resting place and see the dozens of species of fish and other living organisms that also call the cemetery home.

The second option is bit more expensive at $4,600, and instead of going low, it gives you the chance to go higher than you've ever been before. A Russian company called Spaceway will take your ashes, put them in a capsule that is attached to what appears to be a near-space balloon, and send them up into the sky. When the capsule reaches 98,000 feet above Earth, a door opens and the remains are released. The ashes reportedly "dissolve in the expanses of the cosmos" and the particles dissipate in the atmosphere, so you don't have to worry about being inhaled by some unsuspecting pedestrians below.

According to Parting.com, the average traditional funeral can cost between $7,000 and $10,000 once the casket, ceremony, headstone, and other expenses are accounted for. Cremations are cheaper at around a couple grand, so all things considered, the prices of these newer options are not too bad. And least you won't have to worry about grave robbers or coming back as a zombie, so win-win.


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