Washington business helps transform ashes into art (w/ video)Seattle, WA (CNN) - You can spend the afterlife anchoring a coral reef, give your loved ones a show as part of a fireworks display or even have your remains pressed into a vinyl record. Now, a company in Washington will even take the ashes of a loved one and create art.
By: Lindsay Cohen, CNN, CNN
Seattle, WA (CNN) - You can spend the afterlife anchoring a coral reef, give your loved ones a show as part of a fireworks display or even have your remains pressed into a vinyl record. Now, a company in Washington will even take the ashes of a loved one and create art.
Inside a warehouse on the Fremont-Ballard line you'll find steel rods; people at work; the hum of a busy Monday. But this isn't just any workshop...
Kurt Murphy – Tacoma: “My dad and my daughter both passed away on the same day within an hour of each other.”
...It is where Kurt Murphy can try to find closure: From his heart, in an object of the same shape.
Kurt Murphy: “The memories will be there, forever.“
Those memories will be molded into a glowing ball of glass, swirled into different colors, and then given a personalized touch: a tablespoon of the ashes of a loved one. It's the brainchild of Greg and Christina Dale. Several years ago Greg’s father was having surgery, so the Surmamich couple faced toughed questions about what could happen if it didn't go as planned.
Greg Dale – Artful Ashes: "We just realized that everyone is looking for a way to hold onto the memories of their lost loved ones."
That's when Artful Ashes was born. It’s a way for people to take the remains of a loved one and incorporate it into a piece of art. Crystal Flint chose a blue and green one to remember her grandma Linda, a die-hard Seahawks fan. Linda passed away just before the Super Bowl, so crystal did the best next thing and took her grandma to the game, she even had a cameo on KOMO4.
Crystal Flint – Seattle: "I just remember after the game I was there just standing there holding my heart crying."
A piece of one heart woven into another to help heal the ones that are broken.