Not impressed with burial or having your ashes in a stored in a vase? You might want to get in touch with New York artist Heide Hart. She's been painting portraits of the deceased, made from their ashes. She uses layers of wax and then adds the ash, piece by piece with a scalpel.
The details is amazing, and if you find yourself in NYC, you'll soon be able to see them up close at the Ubu Gallery. More info at Daily Mail.