By Marianne Mancusi Beach GALTime Staff
These days, simply being buried in a coffin or scattering your ashes to the wind is so passé. People want to do something bigger and better with their remains. Like have them turned into a cremation diamond for loved ones to wear around their finger, neck or ears. Or sending your body to a Body Farm--to help forensics scientists study decomposition. (How long will it take to decompose in the trunk of a car?) Or even--Pow! Sending your remains straight to the moon.
Well, now there's a new alternative and this one's actually good for the environment. Eternal Reefs uses your ashes to create artificial reefs that are then dropped into the sea to rebuild our rocky underwater ecosystem. Your body literally becomes a new home for plants and marine life to live in.
You can either choose to be put into a community reef--where your ashes are mixed with strangers--or have your own "reef ball" made for prices starting at just under $4,000, depending on the size of the ball. Either way, each ball has a bronze plaque with your name and inscription on it and family members get satellite coordinates to the memorial so they can visit by boat or dive expedition.
So if you're looking to spend the afterlife "swimming with the fishes" -- now there's a way...without slipping on cement shoes.CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE CREATIVE CREMATION TRENDS.
Then, let us know what you think. Would you spend your eternity in such a 'creative' way? What would be your idea of 'forever' be like? Let us know!
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