Unusual Burial Options Today

The Diamond Method:

Diamond burial is a method in which the body of the dead is burnt into ash and is then turned into diamond. In our body there are metals. When the body is burnt these metals are separated and sent to be reused in other products. The remains are placed in a biodegradable container and buried.

Eternal Reefs:

Eternal reefs are for those who prefer a more aquatic environment after death. Eternal reefs create artificial reef material out of concrete and human cremains. The concrete orbs that were created are placed in a place where reefs need restoration.


Cryonics is for those who want to hang onto their old life and have money. Cryonics is the process of freezing a person in hopes that one day medical science will make it possible to bring them back. Despite all the barriers and toxic chemicals used in an attempt to prevent damage to cells from being frozen advocates have promoted cryonics since the late 1960s. According to the Cryonics Institute, there were 200 people in cryonics storage in the United States in August of 2011. It can cost anywhere from $80,000 to $200,000, depending on where you have it preformed and what body part you freeze.


Just like in ancient Egypt you can get mummified! A religious organization called the Summum offers mummification services to anyone who wants it preformed. Before his death the summum’s founder (Corky Ra) told CBS News that at least 1,400 people had signed up for being mummified. Summum reps are not granting media requests, but Ra told CBS that the price of human mummification starts at $63,000. Like the cryonics, the people that get mummified hope that their DNA will be preserved and later medical science will clone them and give them a new shot at life. After Ra died he was mummified and is now encased in bronze in Summum’s pyramid in Salt Lake City, Utah.



Much like mummification, plastination involves preserving the body in a semi-recognizable form. Invented by anatomist Gunther von Hagens, plastination is used in medical schools and anatomy labs to preserve organ specimens for education. But von Hagens has taken the process one step further, creating exhibits of plastinated bodies posed as if frozen in the midst of their everyday activities. According to the Institute for Plastination, thousands have signed up to donate their bodies for education and display.


The newest comer on the eco-burial stage is a process called Promession, or put more plainly, freeze-drying. Invented by Swedish marine biologist Susanne Wiigh-Masak, the process involves immersing the corpse in liquid nitrogen, which makes it very brittle. Vibrations shake the body apart and the water is evaporated away in a special vacuum chamber. Next, a separator filters out any mercury fillings or surgical implants, and the powdered remains are laid to rest in a shallow grave.


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