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The 10 most unusual funeral requests

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Planning a funeral involves thinking about all sorts of details, from the flowers to the music and the type of service you want. However, some people go one step further and decide to go beyond the average funeral planning details to organise something unique.

Here Golden Leaves looks at some of the most unusual funeral requests from around the world.

1. Burial beads

When space for new graveyards became in issue in South Korea, the government there passed a law in 2000 requiring families to remove the bodies of their loved ones from graves after 60 years.
This led to a trend in finding alternatives ways to honour the dead, with many in South Korea turning the ashes of their deceased family members into beads.
These beads are generally not worn but come in a variety of colours and are displayed in clear containers.

2. Memorial reef

As many people are now choosing more natural options for their funerals, companies are offering different services to cater for the demands.
Some companies are now allowing remains to be used to create a reef in the sea. These reefs can create new habitat for fish and other sea life.

3. Unusual coffins in Ghana

In Ghana, unique coffins are created to reflect the life of the deceased and can be anything from an airplane to a car, or animal.

4. Space memorials

Some people are now choosing a funeral that is completely different with a space funeral that sees their remains rocketed to space.

5. Natural burials

Natural burials allow for a body to be buried in a way that encourages decomposition.
Generally using a natural coffin made from environmentally-friendly materials, these funerals seek to reduce their environmental impact.

6. Freeze-drying

Created as an environmentally-friendly alternative to modern funerals, freeze-drying a body before it is then processed into ashes and then buried in a container made of corn is thought to be one of the least harmful funeral options.

7. Extreme embalming

Designed as an alternative to a traditional open casket, extreme embalming allows the deceased’s body to be preserved for several days after death and arranged into a position so they can be viewed by their loved ones doing what they loved.

8. Plastination

Created by Gunther von Hagens in 1977, plastination sees water and fat in a body replaced by certain plastics, yielding specimens that can be touched, do not smell or decay, and even retain most properties of the body.

9. Burial pods

One of the most natural options for a funeral, organic burial pods see a body placed inside the pod before being put in the soil and used as fertiliser.

10. Donating to science

As an alternative to a funeral, some people choose to donate their body to science, helping to further the cause of helping to train new doctors and discover more about the body.
Golden Leaves are able to help plan all types of funerals. Get in touch with them today to beginning planning the service you want.

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