Going out with a bang: unique funeral ideas for your big finale
You may not like to think too much about your funeral – but a little extra thought now can go a long way to making sure your final resting place is a worthy memorial of your life.
From eco-friendly urns to family heirlooms, there are plenty of options when it comes to your final send off, beyond the traditional burial or cremation urn. So if you’d like something a little out of the (pine) box, here are some ideas.
A biodegradable, growing urn
If you’re a believer in life after death, then a biodegradable urn that grows into a beautiful tree might be just the thing you need. When these urns are buried, a seed inside sprouts into a tree and its roots grow down through your ashes.
Your loved ones can plant your urn in the backyard or in a pot – a great memento for both the eco-conscious and dedicated gardeners.
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Gemstones, not headstones
They say diamonds are forever and if you like the idea of being remembered long after you’re gone, then this idea might appeal to you. There are services available that turn ashes or hair of a loved one who has passed away into a diamond, which can be kept as a family heirloom.
Prices range from around $3,000 right up to an eye-watering $30,000 for a 1 carat diamond, so make sure you’ve got great funeral insurance if you want to shine bright after checking out.
Vinyl never goes out of style
Another sentimental keepsake for your loved ones to treasure, having your ashes compressed into a vinyl record is an increasingly popular option for people looking for a memorial a little outside the ordinary.
You might opt for a recording of your voice, or even your favourite song. Just make sure you let someone know what song you’d like to be remembered by – you might not want to get stuck as Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up.
Go out in a burst of colour
If you really want to go out with a bang – literally - one Sydney-based company offers the chance to have your ashes packed into specially designed fireworks. You can choose the colours yourself and light up the sky in a truly memorable celebration of your life.
It’s a service that’s available all around the country – but remember you’ll need permission from the local council or landowners.
Six feet under sea level
So you’re an ocean lover, but a burial at sea involves way too much red tape for your liking? A final resting place as part of a marine reef is an even more unique solution.
Another perfect ending for the environmentally minded, a reef urn is made of eco-friendly concrete, and lowered into the ocean where it – or rather, you - become a much-needed habitat for fish and coral.
If any of these sound like your kind of send-off, make sure you let your family and friends know your wishes, write it into your will and make sure your beneficiary knows what you want as well, and take out a funeral insurance policy to be sure you’ll get the final goodbye you really want.