Strange new funeral practices

by Richard on September 29, 2004

Even though most British people never (or rarely) darken the doors of a church, most still opt for a Christian funeral when the time comes. Most, but not all. Some are turning their backs on convention and using completely new rituals. An article in The Times yesterday listed some of the options.

I’d heard of the possibility of having your loved one’s cremated remains turned into a diamond, but at £11000, that seems a bit steep. What I hadn’t heard of was a new process to extract DNA from the dearly departed and splicing into the DNA of a tree so that a sort of after-life is obtained.

Or you could use a freeze-drying process, immersing the body in liquid nitogen and then having it shaken into a powder. Very environmentally friendly apparently. That’s the Swedish way. Americans might go for having the body “digested” in alkali, which sounds fairly yucky but I gather it is legal in 3 states. Sadly I don’t know which ones.

Having your remains mixed with gunpowder and made into fireworks sounds spectacular — going out with a bang you might say. The most appealing option of the new wave in funerals is that of the Georgia-based Eternal Reefs. The seabed sounds like a good place to get some peace.

But for what it is worth, I’d like it on record that when my time comes I don’t want any fancy malarkey. A simple service led by the local minister and a good party afterwards will do me.

Just so that you know.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

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Malc 09.29.04 at 3:33 pm

Is there something you’re not telling us here Richard…..??

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Richard 09.29.04 at 4:16 pm

Not that I’m aware of :)

3

Jonathan Fox 09.29.04 at 4:23 pm

And then there’s Gene Roddenberry. His ashes are still up in orbit, as far as I know…

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Richard 09.29.04 at 5:12 pm

Going where no man has gone before

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