For most people, death is followed by an eternity of laying in a casket underground or sitting in an urn above the fireplace. That’s all well and good, but it turns out there are so many better options out there. Being buried or cremated aren’t your only options! Why not turn yourself into a tree or even better, a coral reef? Check out these seven cool things that you can do after you die.
Become a Tree
Product designer, Gerard Moline has developed a “Bios Urn” that can take your ashes and turn you into a tree! The urn contains a seed (whatever you decide to plant), nutrients and other necessities, and finally your ashes. The urn is then planted in the ground and a natural tombstone begins to grow.
Fire Yourself Out of a Cannon
Hunter S. Thompson was not known for doing anything ordinary and his funeral was no different. On August 20, 2005, a private ceremony was held where his ashes were fired from a cannon to the tune of Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky” and Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man.” The cannon was placed atop a 153 ft tower of his own design, in the shape of a double-thumbed fist clutching a peyote button. The funeral was funded by his good friend, Johnny Depp.
Become a Coral Reef
A company called “Eternal Reefs” has started a service where your loved ones can create a customized reef using a mixture of concrete and your ashes. Once completed, a charter boat takes all the family members to the reef site to witness its placement into the ocean. After the reef is dropped into the water, it will act as a home for marine life.
Be Buried in Your Invention
If you’ve invented something important, why not be buried in it? That’s what the creator of the Pringles can did. Dr. Fredric J. Baur’s ashes currently reside inside a Pringles can at Arlington Memorial Gardens in Cincinnati, Ohio. No word on which flavor, but I would have chosen sour cream and onion.
Travel Through Space
Clyde Thombaugh was an American astronomer best known for being the man that discovered Pluto. He died in 1997, but it turns out he’s on his way to visit his famous discovery. Currently, his ashes are aboard the New Horizons spacecraft which is en-route to the dwarf planet. It is expected to arrive by July 2015.
Become a Diamond
Life Gem is a company that will turn your ashes into a high quality diamond. Each gem can be customized with options like color, cut, and carat size. Once completed, it can be fitted into jewelry or anything else desired by the family.
Be Part of a Fireworks Show
Angels Flight is a company that will take your ashes and incorporate it into a custom fireworks show for your family and loved ones to enjoy. As part of the package, family and friends board a luxury yacht and are transported to the service site. There, a formal service can take place followed by fireworks created with your ashes.