Turning a loved ones' ashes into art

SEATTLE (CNN) -- You can spend the afterlife anchoring a coral reef, give your loved ones a show as part of a fireworks display, or even have your remains pressed into a vinyl record. And now, a company in Washington state will even take the ashes of a loved one and create art.

Inside a warehouse on the Fremont-Ballard line, you'll find steel rods; people at work; the hum of a busy Monday. But this isn't just any workshop, this is where Kurt Murphy can try to find closure: from his heart, in an object of the same shape.

His father and daughter died within hours of each other on the same day, and his memories of them will be molded into a glowing ball of glass, swirled into different colors, then given a personalized touch: a tablespoon of the ashes of a loved one.

It's the brainchild of Greg and Christina Dale. Several years ago Greg's father was having surgery so the Surmamich couple faced toughed questions about what could happen if it didn't go as planned. Greg Dale said, "We just realized that everyone is looking for a way to hold onto the memories of their lost loved ones."

That's when artful ashes was born; a way for people to take the remains of a loved one and incorporate it into a piece of art.

Crystal Flint chose a blue and green one to remember her grandma Linda, a die-hard Seahawks fan. She passed away just before the Super Bowl, so Crystal did the best next thing and took her grandma to the game, she even had a cameo on KOMO4. Crystal Flint said, "I just remember after the game I was there just standing there holding my heart crying."

A piece of one heart woven into another to help heal the ones that are broken.


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