10/03/2011

Ashes to Ammunition

In what has to be one of the strangest ideas for a business, two Alabama conservation enforcement officers have started a company that will take the cremated ashes of loved ones and place them in shotgun shells. Yep, if you ever wanted to go out in a blast, you need to contact Officers Thad Holmes and Clem Parnell of Holy Smoke LLC (appropriately enough). The company caters to mostly outdoorsman, hunters and sports shooters. According to Parnell and Holmes, they take this business very seriously. Both men reiterate they do not consider this a joke, but a most reverent way to scatter the cremated ashes of loved ones. So, for the low, low price of just $850.00, you can have "Uncle Carl" loaded into 250 shotgun shells. You can take a loved one for that final deer hunt, rabbit hunt, skeet shoot or whatever.

I'm not quite sure what to make of this. I thought for sure it was a joke at first. But, after visiting the web site (Holy Smoke), I came away with the impression it is a most legitimate business. They reportedly are getting a lot of traffic to their site. So, I imagine a lot of people are inquiring into this way of "going out with a bang." The question that kept going through my head, what about the ash that goes into the animal that is shot? Well, they warn you not to "eat" the portion of the meat, where the ash went into, for reasons I'm sure you will understand. Uh huh. After reading that, all my questions were answered. I think I'll just pass on this. I'll wager you might have second thoughts also.





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