There are more and more ways to honour a loved one than ever before, and now one company in Sheffield is taking proceedings to a whole new level by offering space funerals.
Alphr reported on the service provided by Ascension Flights, where you can have your loved one’s ashes scattered in the stratosphere.
The company uses bespoke high altitude balloons and helium gas to lift the ashes into the stratosphere. The ashes are contained in a canister and will be lifted 22 miles above the earth’s surface before being released.
The whole process takes around two-and-a-half hours and, according to the news provider, as the ashes scatter the remaining moisture in the canister results in a plume of glitter exploding from the container. These particles then re-enter the atmosphere as rain, snow or another form of precipitation.
Of course, you won’t be able to go with the ashes to see them scattered, but the organisation is offering an HD filming service of the whole process. The balloons eventually burst, and along with the canister return to the ground with the aid of a parachute. All of them are GPS tracked and can be recovered once they’ve landed.
The first of these space funerals is set to happen in November this year, following five years of testing by the company behind the concept.
This isn’t the only alternative way to say goodbye to someone you care about though. You may decide that having a burial at sea is an appropriate send off, or that a home funeral is the nicest way to honour the person you love.
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