Determining your own final resting place is sometimes difficult to do, particularly when you choose to be cremated. The usual choices, interment in a mausoleum or having your ashes scattered, may be a little bit dull based on how you lived the rest of your life. The good news is that there are quite a few other options if you're interested in giving your friends and family a more exotic way of remembering you after you're gone.
Grow a Tree
Several different companies offer you the option of placing your ashes in a biodegradable urn that gets buried in a memorial forest. The top of the urn contains the seeds of a tree. You can choose which tree you want to grow above your remains and your family has a sacred space to visit when they feel the need to commune with you. There's no casket to worry about, and the entire container filled with your remains and with the tree's seed breaks down over time, feeding the tree and helping it to grow strong and tall.
Rest in Space
If you've always wanted to head out into space or step on the moon but you never got the chance, your final remains can have that opportunity. Several companies offer different services that allow a portion of your remains to be rocketed into space briefly to then return, or even continue to orbit the Earth. True adventurers may be interested in packages that enable a portion of your remains to actually land on the moon. Afterward, friends and family have only to look into the stars to remember your influence on their lives.
Become a Diamond
Another way to remain in your loved ones' lives after you've gone is to specify that your ashes be turned into a gemstone. This option takes all or a portion of your ashes and applies the heat and pressure necessary to turn your carbonized remains into an actual diamond. Afterward, the stone can be set into a piece of jewelry or simply stored away, depending on personal preference. This is a great option for anyone who has always loved standing out from the crowd and being a little flashier.
If you're ready to specify how your final cremains should be handled, contact a local crematorium or funeral home, like Wiebe & Jeske Burial & Cremation Care Providers. They can help you to make sure that all of your final arrangements are made exactly according to your wishes.