How we began sending ashes into space

So, do you know what to do with cremation ashes? When I first start talking to people about what they want to do with their loved one’s cremated ashes, inevitably the first question that comes up is “What can you do with cremated ashes?”. In general, I’ve found that most people think their options are:

A. Keep them in an urn somewhere in the house, most often hidden away

B. Scatter them in the wind or spread them in a river or some water,

C. Do nothing – ignore them (often leave them at the funeral directors) and deal with them later.

The answer to the ultimate question, ‘What can you do with cremated ashes?’, is Celestial Rise.

It saddens me when you hear these options because the reality is you can do anything you like. It’s worth thinking about that for a second, you can do anything you like – so it’s amazing how few people do so. I think there is a stigma around cremated ashes, leaving people reluctant to do anything unique for fear of people’s judgement.

Firstly it’s your loved one – it’s your right to do as you like and often you’d be surprised once you have a chat to people about it, once they realise this is something you care about, very quickly they will support your plans.

What do we think?

Personally I think we’ve really learned a lot in the last 2 years, about how the value we add isn’t necessarily where we send the cremated ashes, it’s actually about offering an opportunity for a family to come together and say goodbye in a memorable way. Thats why we added the customisation we do, as every family wants to do something different – and we try and facilitate that as much as possible. Firstly it’s your loved one – it’s your right to do as you like and often you’d be surprised once you have a chat to people about it, once they realise this is something you care about, very quickly they will warm and support your plans.

When you give people options and when you provide a platform for them to do something creative and meaningful with their loved one’s remains – they really jump at the chance.

So I think the answer here is that you are only limited by your imagination, but don’t let the stigma around death and the mostly disappointing options from many funeral directors hold you back.

Recently we’ve seen people put their loved one’s ashes in fireworks, released from a Spitfire, sent into Space, sent to the bottom of the ocean, made into jewellery, made into glassware – there is so much choice and it’s just a short google search away! So be bold, dare to think what matters to you, what mattered to your loved one and why not do something a little more customised and unique?

The options are there and if you fancy curating your own customised goodbye ceremony, followed by sending your loved one’s ashes to the edge of space, get in touch with us!

– Nick Powell

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