Every culture in the world seems to have its own traditions regarding caring for, honoring, and remembering their deceased. While some traditions have roots in ancient history, others are embracing technology and are developing new ways of celebrating the lives of those who have passed on. Here are 3 interesting funeral trends from around the world:
1. In South Korea, the ashes of a deceased loved one can be transformed into beautiful beads. The beads are usually blue, pink, or black, and closely resemble glass. They can be displayed in glass containers, decorative dishes, or other creative storage pieces, and are easy to share among family members. This modern method of honoring their loved ones is becoming a popular solution to the problem of declining cemetery space.
2. Fantasy coffins are becoming popular in Ghana. Master craftsmen make these unique caskets that are frequently created in unusual shapes. Commissioning a one-of-a-kind coffin, which typically represents the deceased's career or life status, is a way for surviving family members to pay their respects and foster a positive relationship with those who have passed, whom they believe live on in the afterlife. The fantasy coffin is a piece of art that represents reverence and celebration of life.
3. For any family living close to an ocean, a company called Eternal Reefs will take the cremated remains of the deceased loved one and mix them with concrete, then mold it into a ball with holes in it. Surviving family members can personalize the experience by adding their handprints and a bronze memorial plaque in the wet cement before burial. The monument is placed in the ocean, and becomes a base for coral reefs to grow on, helping to restore the health of the ocean. The burial site reef can be visited from above the water in a boat, or family and friends can dive down to see it up close.
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