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Spain: Ascend to heaven for less than 500 euros

Spain, Valencia
October 30, 2013 at 21:14 GMT +00:00 · Published

Spain: Ascend to heaven for less than 500 euros

Spain's funeral industry hit with crisis in "adapt or die" economic circumstances has innovated ways of saying good-bye to loved ones, as Juan Pedro Mellinas co-owner of Maslapidas.com explained in Valencia, Wednesday.

For around €500 ($688) and €800 ($1101), cremated remains can shot into the sky by being put into a rocket which erupts into fireworks. The ashes are bagged and placed inside casing labelled with a QR code by which they are identified, before being carefully put together in a rocket by qualified pyrotechnics. One of the pyrotechnicians Salvador Armengol explained the personalised process, whilst making the preparations for a deceased Barcelona fan: "He was a sportsman and we are going to use some colours because he was a big fan of FC Barcelona: blue and red. We will close the case and we'll launch him in the sky"

The firework funeral service also allows a mourning family to decrease funeral cost by up to 75 per cent, making it easier to fund unpredictable family tragedies. As Mellinas explains: "this option is cheaper that say in a cemetery. You have a big explosion, you have sort of way to say good-bye to that person with a big explosion which is kind of a party. So in these times of crisis you save money."

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Spain: Ascend to heaven for less than 500 euros

Spain's funeral industry hit with crisis in "adapt or die" economic circumstances has innovated ways of saying good-bye to loved ones, as Juan Pedro Mellinas co-owner of Maslapidas.com explained in Valencia, Wednesday.

For around €500 ($688) and €800 ($1101), cremated remains can shot into the sky by being put into a rocket which erupts into fireworks. The ashes are bagged and placed inside casing labelled with a QR code by which they are identified, before being carefully put together in a rocket by qualified pyrotechnics. One of the pyrotechnicians Salvador Armengol explained the personalised process, whilst making the preparations for a deceased Barcelona fan: "He was a sportsman and we are going to use some colours because he was a big fan of FC Barcelona: blue and red. We will close the case and we'll launch him in the sky"

The firework funeral service also allows a mourning family to decrease funeral cost by up to 75 per cent, making it easier to fund unpredictable family tragedies. As Mellinas explains: "this option is cheaper that say in a cemetery. You have a big explosion, you have sort of way to say good-bye to that person with a big explosion which is kind of a party. So in these times of crisis you save money."

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