Here is an idea


This is not the graveyard that I reference in this post. I couldn’t quickly find a photo of that one. Instead, I selected this picture from an album of graveyard images on Flickr. I just hope that I haven’t used this photo in Classical Gasbag in the past.


So I had an idea this morning, and I want to get it down while it is still fresh in my mind. Some details need to be worked out, some laws (domestic and international) need to be investigated, and I should probably see if there is a way to make money from this idea. Please read on. Oh. Before you go to the next paragraph, let me assure you that I am in excellent health.

The idea grew out of a short video that I took with my phone this morning. I was driving past a very small family graveyard and pointed my camera out of the window. It isn’t a good video, though you can hear Stan Rogers singing “Northwest Passage” in the background, so unless I can get a good still image from the video, I’ll have to go through files of graveyard photos to see if I have an image of the place.

Anyway, I viewed the video when I got home and the motion brought on my idea. If you’ve read this blog before, you know that I want to be cremated. My original thought was to have the cremains placed in a Mason Jar so that Cindy could take and display me everywhere she goes. Then she could, at an appropriate time, pass me down to Trina. I suppose that if Cindy wished to, she could also be cremated and have her ashes mixed with mine.

Why stop there? Why not divide the cremains (I almost typed spoils) and mail bits and pieces of myself to friends and family? Then they could do what they wanted to do with me. For example, they could put me in their compost heap, or feed me to their African Violets, or mix me into a can of paint and put me on their living room wall, or…well let your imagination run wild.

Of course I haven’t checked to see if there are any laws restricting the mailing of cremains. What if it was legal in the U.S., but illegal in India? Would my idea go all to smash? Is this already being done? As I said, more research needs to be done.

If you have any ideas you would like to share, feel free to comment. If you want to invest in this idea, please use the form below to contact me.

By the way, I haven’t shared this idea with Cindy. I know that if I did she would just shake her head and give me a look of disgust. She needs to lighten up.

6 thoughts on “Here is an idea

  1. I want to be cremated as well and in my initial thought I was thinking to have my ashes spread in the ocean where I used to dive. But I haven’t made decision which sea…
    I have a colleague who had to bring his relative ashes to other country outside of Europe, I heard from him that he had to ask for legalised letters from several authorities that explain about the ashes was quite administrative works…

    1. It sounds like bureaucrats making work for themselves. I know that in the U.S. you can scatter ashes anywhere off the coast of the country, but you are supposed to notify the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in writing within 30 days of the scattering. The details are on their website. I suppose other countries have similar websites. It’s just a matter of being able to read what it says.

  2. Cremains is my new favourite word. I’m going to go annoy Adam about it. I think you have great ideas. In India, it’s a great honour to have these cremains distributed along the holy rivers in India. In fact, a lot of people send their ashes back so their families can do all the religious ritual stuff so I think there might be special mail for cremains! I have told the broseph and the boyseph that they should probably use it to plant a cherry blossom tree or some really big tree.

  3. I wish I could take credit for cremains, but Google tells me that it has been in use since at least 1954. It seems to have been coined by an undertaker somewhere in the world. I have also considered having small amounts of my ashes placed in small glass vials that are attached to a chain to be worn around a neck. If I ever became famous, the vials could be big sellers in eBay, or the Home Shopping Network here in the States. Perhaps Cindy could go on the network to flog the merchandise.

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