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What a fitting end for a trophy wife. Your mini-monument can take its place on your mantelpiece with other keepsakes. And unlike an urn, it can never be mistaken for an ashtray.

4. Who Lives in a Cement Pineapple Under the Sea?: Here's a funeral option that's sure to please ecologists and rabid fans of SpongBob SquarePants: You can find an eternal resting home under the sea thanks to Eternal Reefs, a Georgia company that will mix your cremated remains with cement to form seabed habitats for sponges and ocean coral. Costs range from $1,500 to $5,000.

5. Painted Love: If you want your loved one to hang around forever, Eternally Yours Memorial Art, a Mississippi company, will mix cremated remains with oil paints to create a work of art. At prices ranging from $350 to $550, you can proudly say you had your spouse framed.

Ending life as artwork certainly appealed to Marvel Comics editor Mark Gruenwald, a creative force behind such classics as "Captain America" and "Quasar." In 1996, his wife honored his final request and mixed his ashes with ink during the printing of a comic book. There's a little piece of him in "Squadron Supreme," a limited-run poster of Marvel characters that's popular with collectors.

6. Beam What's Left of Me Up, Scotty: In September 1999, the ashes of "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry along with those of LSD guru Timothy Leary, boldly went where no urn had gone before -- into orbit, via a U.S. satellite. Now, a countless number of Trekkies have rocketed into that final frontier.

For $5,300, Houston-based Celestis Services prepares cremated space travelers for blastoff, packing each one into a lipstick-sized aluminum tube. Riding in a memorial satellite, your loved one will orbit Earth for up to 15 years. Eventually, the satellite will re-enter Earth's atmosphere and vaporize -- or as the company literature describes it, "blazing like a shooting star in final tribute."

7. Ultimate Frisbee: Frisbee legend Ed Headrick put a new spin on the afterlife by having his remains molded into flying discs.

Headrick patented the first Frisbee in 1967 and came to think of the plastic plaything as a way of life -- an alternative religion best described as Frisbitarianism. "When we die, we don't go to purgatory," he once said. "We just land up on the roof and lay there."

In 2003, friends and family received limited-edition Frisbees made from Headrick's remains. Another batch of Headrick Frisbees is now up for sale, to help raise money for a Frisbee museum and flying disc golf course in California. For $210, you can play with the Frisbee inventor whenever you want.

Buck Wolf is entertainment producer at "The Wolf Files" is published Tuesdays.

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