Last week I heard a story about a company called Holy Smoke. Instead of keeping your loved one’s ashes in an urn or a small box…Holy Smoke would be honored to take the ashes of your family member, pack them into some ammunition, and then let you “create a tribute to outdoorsperson like no other.”
Yes. It’s legit. It’s a real company. There are people who really do this. And that image on the top right of this post…yes. Someone’s remains firing out of the barrel of a gun. Here are some quotes from Holy Smoke’s website:
“We offer a way to honor your deceased loved one by giving or sharing with him or her one more round of clay targets, one last bird hunt, or one last stalk hunt.”
“A third and equally important need was for the end result to be ecologically friendly and sound. There is a much smaller ecological footprint caused by our service.”
“Now you can have the peace of mind that you can continue to protect your home and family even after you are gone.”
Now, I’m not a hunter, don’t own any guns, and can’t imagine owning a gun. Perhaps this is just so far from my life experience that I can’t see how it might be something that would honor him or her. But…anyone else think this is just a little bit crazy? As I was talking to Sarah, she mentioned the way that this could be used in some pretty horrible ways. Can you imagine someone gets killed by a gang member…and then using a service like this to go out and retaliate by killing someone with the dead person’s ashes?
I don’t know – it just seems wrong to me. Anyone else with me? Or anyone think this is a good idea?