It's never easy to say goodbye to a friend or relative, but some people find solace by honoring their loved one's wishes after they've left us.
Playing their favorite song at their funeral is one thing, but these 13 people were immortalized forever in a much more unique way. They each had their ashes used for one of these creative purposes:
1. Turned into a tree
The company Urna Bios specializes in giving your dearly departed an eco-friendly resting place. They can live on after they've died inside a specially-designed biodegradable urn. Throughout the years, the ashes help a tree or houseplant grow, proving that life goes on ever after death.
2. Turned into music
Company And Vinyly turns human ash into vinyl records, and while that sounds macabre it can be a sweet parting gift for your family. You can customize the music and packaging of your records, and each body provides a few dozen. But be aware it will cost you at least $2,000.
3. Dropped out of the sky
Spreading someone's ashes out in their favorite spot it pretty common, but what about over someplace they've never been?
The Wentzel Flying Service offers affordable ash scattering by airplane over a number of gorgeous locations including the Grand Canyon, the Ganges River, or even over some world-famous golf courses. It's a great way to squeeze in one last trip after you've passed away.
4. Turned into a coral reef
The Eternal Reef provides a unique burial at sea that gives back to the environment. The custom built urn is dropped into the ocean, where it becomes a permanent home to local sea life. You can even pick where you'd like your reef to be dropped.
5. Buried in a warship
It's not open to the public, but Navy sailors who served on the USS Arizona are allowed a unique honor after their death. The ship was scuttled during the Pearl Harbor attack. In total, 1,177 sailors and marines died on the Arizona, and many are still trapped inside the ship.
When an Arizona crewman dies, they have the chance to inter their ashes inside the warship, reuniting with their lost friends after decades spent apart.
6. Turned into a diamond
For a unique family heirloom, consider turning yourself into an actual piece of diamond jewelry after you die. LifeGem can transform your remains into a variety of colored jewelry pieces, so your loved ones can always carry you with them.
The company will even make diamonds out of your pets!