AN Aberystwyth crematorium is offering people the chance to have their ashes scattered in space thanks to a new partnership.
As part of Westerleigh Group, Aberystwyth Cemetery & Crematorium, has entered into a new partnership with Aura Flights, the crematorium can now offer two new options for the cremated remains of their loved ones.
The ‘Memorial Launch’ service involves ashes being placed inside a ‘scatter vessel’ which is fitted to a space-capable biodegradable balloon filled with renewable hydrogen gas.
The ashes are released in a gentle cascade around 100,000 feet above the earth and spend the next three-to-six months orbiting the globe until they re-enter the atmosphere, where they seed the formation of clouds and fall back to earth as raindrops and snowflakes all over the world.
The ascent and release are captured on video to create a treasured memorial for families of the event.
The Voyager package involves a ceremonial portion of a loved one’s ashes to travel into space, to the same height as the scattering launch, before being returned to their families on Earth in a premium miniature urn.
Westerleigh Group is one of the UK’s largest independent owners and operators of crematoria and cemeteries, with 37 sites in England, Scotland, and Wales, all set within beautifully landscaped gardens of remembrance which provide pleasant, tranquil places for people to visit and reflect.
Aberystwyth Cemetery & Crematorium Manager Rachel Harrison said: “We are always looking to expand the range of memorial options available to the bereaved in order to give them the widest possible choice and help them to create uniquely personal memorials for their loved ones.
“Aura Flights offer something that is truly out of this world.
“For centuries, man has looked up at the stars and dreamed of going into space; while few of us ever get to do this during our lifetimes, there is now the option to travel into space for your final journey.
“Within days of the ashes being scattered, families will receive a personalised memorial video showing their loved one’s final journey among the stars.”
Samantha Richardson, General Manager of Aura Flights, said: “We're delighted to be partnering with Westerleigh Group to bring Aura Flights to an even bigger audience.
“From the moment we started talking about a collaboration, they saw how special a space scattering can be and their focus is always on supporting the bereaved throughout their journey, which I really admire.
“They have a wealth of experience in the industry, but they're also always looking for how to make things better - just like our team of engineers and explorers.”