If you're looking for a different spin on creating a memorial for loved ones, consider having their remains turned into vinyl records. Thanks to And Vinyly - a British record company - you can now have yourself or your loved one's ashes pressed into playable records. The company has been around since 2009 when founder Jason Leach decided to offer mourners a different way to honor people who have died..
He was inspired by the disastrous memorial service for his grandfather. "There was a strong breeze," Leach told Bloomberg in 2012. "And the ashes blew right into my face.”
After that ordeal, he was determined to find a better way to honor the dead. He settled on sprinkling ashes into raw vinyl before pressing them into records. The result is a clear disc that lets you see the ashes of the departed to verify the memorial's authenticity.
What you put on the record is up to you. Some patrons record their own voices, telling jokes or old stories. Others sing or have musicians play their favorite songs for them.
Yes, that's right, depending on how much you're willing to spend, And Vinyly will arrange for musicians to record songs for your tribute, hire an artist to design an album sleeve and even arrange for a distributor to ship copies of the commemoratory disc - complete with parts of your remains - to record stores.
If you're interested, check out their website for prices. But be warned: they have a ghoulish sense of humor. The welcome page features the grim reaper with a record needle atop his iconic scythe. And the site is loaded with macabre puns like "the raveyard" and "R.I.V." ("Rest in Vinyl").
And if you can handle that, check out this video, which offers a sneak peak at how the records are made.
h/t Mental Floss