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Firework Cremation

I have death on my mind at present

No, not mine but someone I know has been given only a short time to live and a couple of others I know have recently died. One of those who died was in his 90s, so he had a good innings as they say over here (a cricketing reference) and death at that age is to be expected. The other person I knew who died had suffered from multiple sclerosis for a number of years and presumably that is what took her out in the end. So the manner of her death was not a surprise.


On the other hand, the manner of her burial, or rather disposal of her ashes is quite a surprise and I have to say, I have never heard of this previously. The lady was cremated - nothing surprising about that. Many people who are cremated will have expressed a wish to have their ashes scattered over a favorite place or off a headland or even at sea but this lady's wish was to go out with a bang - literally. In her will, she instructed her family to hold a party at a local hostelry on a hill and to have fireworks at this party. Her ashes are to be attached to one of the fireworks (or included inside it, I am not sure which) so that they will be scattered when the firework explodes in the air!

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VinceSummers wrote on October 11, 2018, 8:39 AM

Truly a strange request. It immediately made me think (I have a distorted mind), "Those observing will be breathing her in."

A person who dies in his or her 90s may have had what we would call a long life. In reality, it's not that long, is it? Does a person 90 truly feel like he is 90, or a young person trapped inside a 90-year-old body? And are they of the mind, "Well, I've lived a long life. Now I look forward to dying..." You can bet your winter long underwear they don't! Not unless they are suffering.

lookatdesktop wrote on October 11, 2018, 9:45 AM

I can't believe it. Sounds too strange to be true.

melody23 wrote on October 11, 2018, 10:37 AM

yeah I have heard of this before - they go in the firework I think. I personally quite like the jewellery you can get made from ashes, that way the person can always be with you

Kasman wrote on October 11, 2018, 11:40 AM

I like the firework option but being made into jewellery sounds a bit creepy to me as does keeping a loved one's ashes in an urn on the mantlepiece. Still, each to his own.

MegL wrote on October 11, 2018, 12:42 PM

My sister in law has one of those urns on her mantel piece.