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Aussies Embracing More Creative Methods For Passing On

Funerals are not a topic that many would prefer to avoid unless absolutely necessary, and for good reason. Planning what’ll happen for one’s death even while one lives and breathes is naturally uncomfortable.

For the most part, Aussies have been reticent about what they want to happen about their remains, but experts in the country have urged people to prepare for their demise for the sake of their loved ones, who are often left to make decisions about funeral arrangements while dealing with grief.Aussies have heeded the advice, and have even gone so far to seek out more imaginative ways to bid the mortal coil farewell, beyond the standard cremation urns and coffins.


For those looking for a more colorful way to pass on, Ashes to Ashes offers to turn people’s ashes into fireworks. Company owner Craig Hull says that he started this offer after noticing that the market had a gap in it, and that firework funerals are a beautiful way to help the loved ones left behind celebrate the departed’s life.

A cremation usually creates about 3kg of ash, which are then embedded into fireworks, all of it getting shot up into the air, which can be choreographed to a fireworks showcase to a music of choice for the families.The service costs anywhere between $5,500-$9,500, depending on the council permits needed in your residence.

Shrouded cremation

Developed by Natural Grace several years ago, this process bathes the body of the departed in warm water and essential oils, before wrapping it in cotton cloth, or any cloth meaningful to them, before being cremated. They are then put into biodegradable cremation urns, which are then buried, letting them break down over time and, as the owner of Natural Grace says, go back to Earth.A shroud bearer can cost as little as $300, plus the ~$150 urn, compared to the usual costs which sit at around $675.

Smart urns

A more technological and sentimental way to go, this way has rhombus-shaped cremation urns, dubbed the ModUrn and its smaller cousin the Memento, that holds your ashes and can synch to the smartphones and tablets of your loved ones, capable of sending messages, photos, and even things like recipes, medical records and other key documents. It allows people to pass on the things that people tend to lose when they die.

The ModUrn holds ashes, and starts at $945, while the storage device, Memento, starts at $195, and there’s even an option of having a smart urn for pets, which starts at about $295.

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