Over at MAKE is a link to a novel concept. Turn yourself into pencils when you’re dead.
Each pencil is foil stamped with the name of the person. Only one pencil can be removed at a time, it is then sharpened back into the box causing the sharpenings to occupy the space of the used pencils. Over time the pencil box fills with sharpenings – a new ash, transforming it into an urn. The window acts as a timeline, showing you the amount of pencils left as time goes by.
So basically you have a constant reminder of a lost loved one. For a lifetime, according to the designer. This makes me hearken back to Message in a Bottle where the sailor dude is so bereft by the loss of his wife that he can’t have anything in her studio out of place.
This idea doesn’t strike me as all that healthy. I won’t be investing.