These days, when you die, you could have your ashes made into several different things.. or have them spread over whatever was important to you.  The days of buying a plot and a headstone are slowly making their way out the door.

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So, this is the latest thing that I have seen.  Having your ashes pressed into an actual working vinyl album.  In 1980, David Bowie released an album called "Ashes to Ashes".  Maybe he was onto something even back then.

Jason Leach goes on to say this about the trend...

“It was not intended to be a business,” he told the BBC in 2017. “It was the result of having a bit of fun with what at the time felt like a shocking and disconcerting inevitability.”

As the name suggests, And Vinyly takes a light-hearted approach to the Grim Reaper. Their slogan is “Live on from beyond the groove!”

And this is how it works...

The remains “must be sprinkled onto the raw piece of vinyl (known as a ‘biscuit’ or ‘puck’) before it is pressed by the plates. This means that when the plates exert their pressure on the vinyl in order to create the grooves, the ashes are pressed into the record.”

It isn’t a flawless procedure and the ashes can make their presence felt on the recording as the needle moves over them. But for Leach it’s all part of the magic. He said in his BBC interview “There will, of course, be some extra pops and crackles resulting from the inclusion of ashes — but we like these, as this is you.”

Sounds like it's a little pricey with the minimum cost is about $1160, and ranges to about $4600.  And apparently the service is available for your pet too.  If you would like more information on this service, just click here.


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