“Celestis is the only company to have successfully conducted Memorial Spaceflight missions.” 🚀
Close your eyes and imagine that you are at your funeral or memorial service. Instead of the expected sniffling of noses and tearful eulogies you hear your friends and family counting down 5,4,3,2,1 finally erupting in BLAST OFF!!!!!!!!! In the distance a rocket takes flight into the sky propelling towards the heavens as your friends and family yell your name, cry tears of pure joy and excitement while cheering and high fiving one another expressing joy as your cremated remains exit earths atmosphere. This is a Celestis Memorial Spaceflight.
I originally learned of Celestis Memorial Spaceflights when researching alternatives to traditional funeral and burial options. I knew that this was something that needed to be offered to the families that I serve but not without firstly witnessing and experiencing it myself. This past weekend I had the honor of doing just that. I packed my bags, booked a flight and hit the road so to speak traveling across the country to Spaceport America, New Mexico. There, I got to attend and witness Celestis' 15th Memorial Spaceflight. While there I also got to meet, interview and get know many of the families memorializing loved ones in this unique way. It was totally worth the trip. I have never attended a service or memorial where there was such a sense of excitement and an energy of anticipation.
As a funeral director I have attended countless services and can say without a doubt that this one of a kind service truly is like nothing I have ever experiences. Complete strangers from around the world gathered together in one place for one reason sharing one very intimate connection; honoring the final wishes, passions or life work of someone that they loved who has passed away. Though Celestis did an amazing job keeping everyone busy and involved through activities like the post-registration start party, tour of the launchpad along with Spaceport America and the beautifully moving memorial service; the most amazing part of this entire experience was the time I got to spend with the families and loved ones of those on board the rocket.
Hearing how important it was to them to honor their loved ones in this way because of their love for space, careers in aerospace, or desire to one day go beyond the sky into the heavens solidified the importance and power of this service and the effects on the families who made the choice to honor their deceased loved ones in the non-traditional and alternative way. The families and friends of those being blasted off into space spanned across a diverse variety of backgrounds, occupations and lifestyles.
Celestis has truly designed a unique and one of kind experience. They are also surprisingly affordable. With service pricing starting at less than or equal to what is paid on average for a single cemetery space ($1,499.00) traveling to space is a reality for just about everyone even only if in death. It is my hope that by sharing what I witnessed and experienced this past weekend that someone seeking a perfectly fitting method of disposition for their loved one is given a new choice. To learn more about Celestis Memorial Spaceflights please feel free to send me your questions or contact Celestis directly. Please be sure to tell them that Joe'l "The Grave Woman" sent you.
Joél Simone Anthony, also known as ‘The Grave Woman,’ is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. She is dedicated to eliminating misconceptions about post-life preparation while stimulating an open, honest and straight forward discussion about death. You can submit your comments, questions and requests to firstname.lastname@example.org or by using our contact page.