Another, crazy (great) idea is that of LifeGem. In a nutshell, after you’re dead, they take your cremated remains, extract the carbon and then process it into a diamond. Then, their expert diamond cutters, cut and polish the rough diamond into a unique jewel.
Fast Company interview with Greg Herro, CEO of LifeGem: “We are the creators of the LifeGem, a certified, high-quality diamon created from the carbon of your loved one as a memorial to their unique and wonderful life. In an industry where a fifty-year-old company is still considered the ‘new guy, tradition is strong and change is not the tradition. But with cremation on the rise and families more commonly requesting individualized memorials, we suspected there might be a market for a memorial with an amazing connection to their loved one.”