A New Way to Bury Your Relatives. No, It’s No Joke. No, It Isn’t Even in Texas!

Every now and then I read a news story that makes me wonder if I’m the victim of a prank. I check the URL a couple of times, just to make sure I wasn’t forwarded to the Onion. I make sure it isn’t April Fool’s Day. And then, when everything seems on the level, I just have to laugh.

Yesterday, USA Today featured one of these questionable, delightful news stories. The title immediately drew my attention: “Company will load loved ones’ ashes into ammunition.” Now you don’t see that everyday, even in Texas. Here are some excerpts from the story:

A pair of Alabama conservation enforcement officers think they’ve come up with the perfect way for avid hunters to honor their loved ones for eternity.

Officers Thad Holmes and Clem Parnell have launched Holy Smoke LLC, a company that will, for a price, load cremated human ash into shotgun shells, and rifle and pistol cartridges.

It’s the perfect life celebration for someone who loves the outdoors or shooting sports, Parnell says.

“This isn’t a joke. It’s a job that we take very seriously,” he said. “This is a reverent business. We take the utmost care in what we do and show the greatest respect for the remains.”

Wow! Just think, when you’re dead and gone, you won’t be entirely dead and gone. You can still be taking down animals in the woods, or at least having your remains scattered throughout the countryside if your relatives are bad shots.

But, you might ask, how do I know that my ashes will be treated with respect. I don’t want to be scattered all over somebody’s garage in Alabama. Not to worry, Thad and Clem have an answer for you:

“The people we use are all experienced reloaders and know exactly what we want them to do, he said. “Only one bag of ash will be opened at a time, and the equipment will be thoroughly cleaned before the next set of remains is loaded.

That’s reassuring. But, you might also wonder whether you’d really want to eat, say, the meat of an animal that was shot with Uncle Jim’s ashes. Here’s the advice of an expert:

People should take care in with how the meat that is shot with this ammunition is handled, cautions Robert Chapin, a toxicologist who worked for 18 years at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

The animal should be killed quickly by the shot, to prevent any possibility of spreading the ashes in the animal’s blood, he says. The area around where the animal was struck should not be consumed.

“I would expect that the ashes would pose less of a problem than any lead pellets historically used,” Chapin says.

So, there you go, a new way to make a difference in the world after you die. If you’re interested, you can visit the Holy Smoke website. Here’s the header from their homepage.

  • http://godspotting.net Sheila

    I am seldom speechless. But this article did it. 

  • http://godspotting.net Sheila

    I am seldom speechless. But this article did it. 

  • Anonymous

    If you had showed me this article without citing the source, I’d bet $10 is was from the Onion.

  • Anonymous

    If you had showed me this article without citing the source, I’d bet $10 is was from the Onion.

  • Jennie

    Dear Lord, thank you for this venison that you have provided, that dad shot and the bullet made of grandpa killed for us. Please help us enjoy it without ingesting grandpa in this sweet rare meat. Amen

  • Jennie

    Dear Lord, thank you for this venison that you have provided, that dad shot and the bullet made of grandpa killed for us. Please help us enjoy it without ingesting grandpa in this sweet rare meat. Amen

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful. Ricky Bobby couldn’t do better.

  • Anonymous

    Beautiful. Ricky Bobby couldn’t do better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dale.huntington Dale Huntington

    Mark,
    I heard there is a company that can make your loved one into a favorite record.  No Joke.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dale.huntington Dale Huntington

    Mark,
    I heard there is a company that can make your loved one into a favorite record.  No Joke.

  • Perfectlyclear

    Seems a bit silly, in my opinion. Why not make a buck if this is something people are interested in. I wonder about Chapins remarks. Aren’t ashs sterile? If not, surely the heat from the explosion would make it so. I’m sure regular ammo is not sterile. I’m sure the arrows I hunt with are not, nor are the the items used in prosessing. That’s why we cook meat in the first place.

  • Perfectlyclear

    Seems a bit silly, in my opinion. Why not make a buck if this is something people are interested in. I wonder about Chapins remarks. Aren’t ashs sterile? If not, surely the heat from the explosion would make it so. I’m sure regular ammo is not sterile. I’m sure the arrows I hunt with are not, nor are the the items used in prosessing. That’s why we cook meat in the first place.

  • http://godspotting.net Sheila

    Indeed. It almost makes one’s eyes water, it’s so onionesque… :)

  • http://godspotting.net Sheila

    Indeed. It almost makes one’s eyes water, it’s so onionesque… :)


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