For those families interested in non-traditional final disposition, or creative
ways to memorialize their loved one, there are several options available that
don't involve burial or inurnment.
Burial at Sea - Releasing of cremated remains or full body is available from
the U.S. Navy, for veterans and their families, and others who have performed
notable service to the U.S. government, as determined by the chief of Naval
Operations. Commercial operators also offer releasing of cremated remains at sea.
Reef Construction - Cremated remains can be combined with concrete to create
new marine habitats for fish and other forms of sea life.
Artwork - Artists will combine cremated remains with oil paint and create
a painting of choice, including portraits and landscapes.
Fireworks - Professional pyrotechnicians will combine cremated remains with
explosive materials and create a fireworks display in conjunction with a memorial service.
Space - A ceremonial portion of cremated remains can be included in a
rocket launched into an earth orbit.
Jewelry - By extracting carbon from cremated remains using extreme heat
and pressure, a simulated diamond or other gem can be created.
Aerial Scattering - Commercial operators will release cremated remains
from an airplane at a specified location.