How would you like to be immortalised inside a replica of Barack
Obama’s head when you die? Or inside a model of a superhero — one
bearing your own face?
An American company called Cremation Solutions has devised a novel solution to preserve
the ashes of loved ones using 3D imaging technology. As it
points out, there are countless styles to choose from when picking
out an urn, including some you might not be aware of.
The first option Cremation Solutions proposes is to have a bust
made of the person, that then doubles as an urn. “You will never
again have to worry that you might forget what your loved one
looked like when you invest in one of these custom made very
lifelike cremation urns,” the company says on its website.
All you need to do is send the company two pictures — one taken
from the front and another taken in profile — of the loved one in
question (or yourself, if you’re the organised type). Cremation
Solutions will use 3D imaging to reconstruct the face to form the
urn, which can contain all of the ashes of an adult. Hair can be
attached in the form of a wig.
Option two is a “true-to-life” action figure, with your loved
one’s likeness etched onto the face. The keepsake figures hold a
small amount of ashes inside a sealed chamber within the head. Just
as with the busts, for longer hairstyles they will come equipped
If you like, you can be immortalised as Superman or Indiana Jones, which we can (sort
of) see the appeal of. Some of the other options are more
disturbing, however — particularly the options for women. The “bad
girl”, “nice nurse” and “schoolgirl” figures seem to be straight
out of the Ann Summers catalogue. If you were in the military or
were a karate expert, you can have your face attached to a
gender-appropriate figure, but if you’re a female doctor, you’re
out of luck we’re afraid.
The figures themselves cost between $100 (£63) and $200 (£127)
and if you want to add a custom wig, you’ll have to cough up
another $300 (£190) on top (it’s only an extra $250 for sculpted
hair). The full-sized bust urn is more pricey at $2,600 (£1,653). A
smaller version is available at $600 (£382).
Cremation Solutions gives several compelling reasons for taking
these options when choosing an urn. Firstly, they are bottom heavy,
so tend not to tip over. Secondly, the ashes are locked away inside
the urn, so there’s no chance of them spilling out.
Another benefit, the company points out is that “there will
never be any doubt about what they are”. This will supposedly
discourage unwelcome questions about what your urn is or where it
came from. We tend to disagree with this point — if you saw
something this freaky in someone’s house, wouldn’t you have a
million questions about it?
Finally, says Cremation Solutions, it is great way to “have
scars and blemishes erased for eternity” or “change your hair
colour”. The latter, we would argue, is totally possible in real
life, and the former… well, once you’ve been cremated, these have
basically been erased anyway.
A replica of a deceased loved one’s head is undoubtedly a
bizarre thing to have around the house. Still, grieving is tough,
and if a customised urn helps you through it, then it’s not our
place to judge.
Unfortunately, the company is only shipping to the US right now,
but if you’re in the UK and you’re looking for a unique way to
preserve your loved one’s ashes then check out And
Vinyly — the perfect final resting place for music lovers.