Readings — From the June 2017 issue

Out With a Bang

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From the website of Holy Smoke, a memorial-services company based in Alabama.

Several years ago I was talking with my friend and co-worker. We were discussing the passing of one of our relatives, and the conversation turned to our own demise and whether we preferred burial or cremation. I told my friend that I had some cost and ecological issues with burial and that I thought I wanted to be cremated and have my ashes tossed into a river or spread through the woods. My friend said, “I’ve thought about this for some time, and I want to be cremated. I want my ashes put into some turkey-load shotgun shells and to have someone that knows how to turkey hunt shoot a turkey with my ashes. That way I will rest in peace knowing that the last thing that turkey will see is me, screaming at him at about nine hundred feet per second.” I realized that my friend was describing almost exactly how I wanted my ashes to be spread. How perfect to have my family and friends honor me by using shotgun shells with a little bit of my ashes in each one. Whether my shells get shot at sporting clays or live birds or put on the shelf, even in death I could be ecologically sound and useful. We started a company that can take your or your loved one’s ashes and offer an eco-friendly way to spread or use those ashes while conducting a favorite activity. We can place the ashes of your loved ones into almost any caliber or gauge of ammunition. You can have the peace of mind of knowing that you can continue to protect your home and family even after you are gone.

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