From LifeGem:

A LifeGem is a certified, high quality diamond created from the carbon of your loved one as a memorial to their unique and wonderful life.

The LifeGem diamond is more than a memorial to visit on the weekends or place on a shelf´┐Ż it is a way to embrace your loved one’s memory day by day. The LifeGem is the most unique and timeless memorial available for creating a testimony to their unique life.

We hope and believe that your LifeGem memorial will offer comfort and support when and where you need it, and provide a lasting memory that endures just as a diamond does. Forever.

I see. You may be also interested to know that prices range from $3,000-$28,000 depending on diamond color and carat size. Also, for best results, your carbon sample must be collected before cremation…and if that has anything to do with a sterlized ice-cream scoop and a guy with a maniacal smile, I’m outta there (dead or alive). Lastly, I leave you with this somewhat chilling question from their FAQ:

Can you create a LifeGem from individuals who have previously chosen burial?
Due to the many questions that need to be answered in these situations, it is not possible to give a definite all encompassing answer here. Please call our family care specialists at 866-LIFEGEM (543-3436) to determine this possibility according to your families exact circumstances.

(via 50 cups of coffee)

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