You can do a lot of unusual things with your body after you die, including having your ashes turned into a diamond or a coral reef. But for the true Star Wars fan, there's one ultimate option -- a Darth Vader or Death Star urn made by Urns for Ashes, a UK-based company that creates a range of containers to house the ashes of the departed.
While you might expect Star Wars-themed urns to be a gag to capitalize on the release of "The Force Awakens," they've actually become hot sellers for the company. In fact, Darren Williams told CNET's Crave blog that they have quickly become one of his best-selling products, with inquiries seeing a 300 percent increase since Star Wars fever hit consumers as the new film approached.
When the urns went up on his site at the beginning of last month, he was getting about 400 inquiries per week, he said. Then around the November 11 -- probably because interest in the new film was beginning to snowball -- those requests skyrocketed to more than 1,300 per week.
The attention his company got from the Star Wars urns has led to some other unusual requests, Williams said.
"It's led to some crazy inquiries too," he said. "People want superhero urns, landmark urns (like football stadium urns), really specific car urns and a lady this week actually asked if I could create a life-size replica of her dog that passed away."
Such requests are quite acceptable to Williams, who says the Star Wars urn, or any other custom urn, is made through 3D printing, so a large degree of customization is possible. That includes an inscription on the base. I was thinking this Yoda quote from "Revenge of the Sith" might be perfect:
"Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealously. The shadow of greed, that is."
Although the Vader and Death Star urns are temporarily out of stock, Williams says his manufacturer is currently racing to create more and they'll soon be back on his virtual shelves. Both urns cost £150 (about $223, AU$310) and shipping is available worldwide for an extra fee.