Have you planned on how you'd like your family and friends to remember you when it's your time to leave this earth? What about something completely different like a record album you're literally on after your untimely death?
Odd funerals have always been an option along with the regular burial or cremation traditions. Recordings or videos of the deceased person when he or she was alive played at a memorial service aren't unheard of, although they're still considered off the beaten path. But now there's another option in which the cremated remains of the deceased are pressed into the grooves of a vinyl record album.
To place cremated remains into a record album surely puts a new spin on funeral planning. [Editor's note: Yeah, we went there.] Jokes could certainly be made by the guests that so-and-so finally got his or her own record deal.
Jason Leach's UK-based company, And Vinyly, presses cremated bodies into vinyl records that have about 12 minutes of soundtrack time on each side. You can pre-order your choice of songs for your record since doing that after your death is not recommended.
Choosing to have a vinyl record containing your cremated remains is going to be unique because it's so highly individualized. Through And Vinyly, you can even opt for all music, nature noises, yourself speaking or any combination of these for your 24 minutes of soundtrack.
Whether you choose I Did It My Way for your soundtrack or not, if the more typical ceremony of loved ones sprinkling your ashes out to sea isn't for you, your cremated remains on a turntable record may be the way to go. Maybe you actually will catch everyone on the flip side!
For those choosing burial rather than complete cremation, the vinyl record option is still possible as, according to And Vinyly, "body parts are accepted (cremated please)." And just think of the handouts your funeral guests will receive...record albums with your choice of content as well as your actual cremated content.
As with most things, the offbeat, extravagant choices are usually the more expensive ones but can be worth it if that's what we really want. A vinyl album with your cremated remains embedded and your choice of soundtrack starts at about $650 in U.S. dollars, and that's per track on the record.
Depending on what sounds you choose to record on your vinyl disc infused with your cremated remains, your friends and family who listen to your record are likely to find it either comforting AF or creepy AF. Hopefully, people choosing this memorial option will go for comforting...
Although many of us picture our send-off with a somber tone and the soft glow of candles, there are other options for those who don't. In addition to providing remains-infused records, And Vinyly offers many add-ons from album cover portraits done by artists to "FUNeral" services in which their staff will play your record to your guests.
When a person plans a voice recording to be played at his or her death, the potential for saying just about anything is definitely real. Maybe this is why people who would hate to upset others don't choose this option. Of course, there is always the solution of playing only music on this kind of very personalized recording...like just those special songs that formed the soundtrack of one's life.