Thinking about taking your last breaths and wishing there were a method of disposal for your body more interesting than simply being stuck in a coffin and left to decompose in the ground? Well, there are many more interesting options!
1. Life Gems
LifeGem is a company that will take your cremated ashes and turn it into an actual, certified diamond. The company extracts the carbon from your remains, purifies it, and subjects it to intense heat and pressure. The gem can then be mounted on a ring and worn by a loved one forever.
A Swedish company called Promessa Organic will freeze your corpse until it becomes brittle, and then subject it to powerful vibrations that turn it into powder. The powder is then poured into a cornstarch urn, which can be buried and composted in a shallow grave.
3. Buddhist Sky Burial
The hard, rocky ground in Tibet does not serve well for digging graves, and coupled with the region’s many reincarnationist Buddhists who believe that the dead human body is an empty vessel that has no more use, the tradition of sky burial has become quite common in Tibet. If you so prefer, you can have your body dismembered and crushed into a pulp, which is mixed with barley flour, tea, and yak butter. Buddhist monks will then feed your remains to hungry vultures in the desert.
4. Burial in Outer Space
Forget burial in ground or at sea. An American company called Celestis Memorial Space Flights now offers to launch your remains outside the Earth’s stratosphere. Celestis offers four different burial options for your cremated remains: you can orbit the Earth for a while and then crash back onto the surface ($695), you can orbit the Earth permanently ($2495), you can crash onto the surface of the moon ($9995), or you can be launched into deep space ($12,500).
5. Human Taxidermy
Cut decomposition out of the picture entirely. Let your loved ones remember you in death as you were in life. Human Taxidermy Services can stuff and mount your corpse, just like they can do for any pet. Whether you simply want to be lying down ($2000), you want to be giving a military salute ($5000), or even something as novel as the pose of Michelangelo’s “David” statue ($10,000), HTS puts the “fun” back in “funeral”!