Leaf Cremation in southwestern Cherokee County is offering a new service to its clients, giving them the choice to preserve their loved one’s cremated remains in a solid form.
Through a partnership with New Mexico-based company Parting Stone, Leaf’s clients can now choose to receive stone-like solidified remains instead of the ashes traditionally associated with cremation. The facility began offering this option to clients earlier this month, Leaf’s Director of Marketing and Advance Planning, Pierce Dempsey, said.
Although nobody has yet chosen to have their loved one’s cremated remains preserved in this manner, several have expressed a great deal of interest in the option, Dempsey added.
“For all of time there has only been one way for families that choose cremation to receive back their loved ones — ashes,” Leaf Cremation owner Clift Dempsey said in a statement. “Families can now hold onto their loved ones in a way like never before, in the form of solidified remains. It’s always a good thing when we are able to offer our families a new way to honor the life of their loved one.”
The solidification process returns the full amount of cremated remains in a solid form that resembles a collection of polished stones. For one person, the process results in an average of about 40 to 60 “stones,” ranging from thumbnail to palm size. Many of the “stones” created throughout this process are white, but some are a hue of blue, green or another variation. Parting Stone worked with material scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory to develop solidified remains, but all work to turn ashes into “stones” now takes place at Parting Stone’s lab in Santa Fe, officials with the company said.
“It is a profound opportunity to live with the remains of our loved ones, but conventional cremated remains make that experience uncomfortable,” Parting Stone founder and CEO Justin Crowe said. “We developed an alternative to conventional cremated remains to help families feel a meaningful connection with their departed. When you choose cremation, you no longer have to take home ashes.”