Technology is part of every aspect of our lives and apparently our deaths.
The funeral business has evolved in recent years to implement new technology that helps families and friends stay close to the dearly departed. You may think some of this is creepy but many people say it's beautiful.
LifeGem is a company that turns the ashes of the person who died into jewelry including diamond rings.
The technology allows LifeGem to take the ashes of loved ones and placing carbon to make a diamond from their remains. From their website:
"Once captured, this carbon is heated to extremely high temperatures under special conditions. This process converts your loved one's carbon to graphite with unique characteristics and elements that will create your one-of-a-kind LifeGem diamond."
The diamond can then be placed in rings or pendants. A 1 Carat diamond costs $20,000.
Memory Glass uses cremated remains to act as decorations in glass jewelry, pendants,and touchstones. Glass is melted down and the ashes are inserted to create beautiful glasswork with traces of the cremated remains. A large glass orb to use as desktop art costs $500.000. Creators of Memory Glass told me they have had brides purchase the glass so they could walk down the aisle with their departed fathers.
Tombstones can now be connected to a website that memorializes the loved on. The code is etched into the granite and when anyone visits the gravesite they can scan the code to be taken to a website where people have left messages and memorialized their family and friend with photos and stories.