Cremation


Want to spend eternity orbiting the stars? For $1,990, the San Francisco-based startup Elysium Space will include the cremated remains of you or a loved one on a capsule being shot into space several months from now:

Elysium Space offers awe-inspiring memorial spaceflights to have a symbolic portion of a departed’s ashes launched into space. Elysium Space is a unique team of space and funeral experts, combining experience from major NASA space missions and deep-rooted funeral profession knowledge. Launches take place in the United States at the Cape Canaveral launch facility in Florida.

You receive a kit containing a custom ash capsule to collect a cremated remains sample. After you ship it back to us, we place your capsule in the Elysium spacecraft that will be launched into space. Our specially designed memorial spacecraft respectfully and peacefully orbits the Earth for several months. Our next launch is scheduled for summer 2014.




Further fuel for conspiracy theories? San Diego 6 News reports that the body of journalist Michael Hastings, who died last month in a fiery car crash in Los Angeles, was cremated against his family’s wishes, destroying any evidence (of sobriety, of drug or alcohol use, or otherwise) in his body at the time of death, as the circumstances of the accident that killed him remain unclear:


The Alabama-based company Holy Smoke will do just this, loading cremated remains into live shotgun rounds — allowing for numerous possibilities of sweetly perfect, Tarantino-esque posthumous vengeance: My friend smiled and said “You…


CrematoriumJasper Copping reports in the Telegraph:

Durham Crematorium wants to install turbines in two of its burners, which would use the heat generated during the cremation process to provide the same amount of electricity as would power 1,500 televisions.

A third burner is to be used to provide heating for the site’s chapel and its offices. The scheme would be the first of its kind in the UK but industry experts say that it could be followed by other similar projects.

Many crematoria are currently replacing their furnaces, to meet government targets on preventing mercury emissions from escaping into the atmosphere. Up to 16 per cent of all mercury emitted in the UK comes from crematoria because of fillings in teeth. Left unchecked, that figure is predicted to rise to 25 per cent by 2020.




What is the simplest, cheapest, and most environmentally friendly option for dealing with a cadaver? Easy: turn it into a coffee-colored liquid which “can safely be poured down the drain.” Ohio has…