It’s a nice way of adapting the "from the earth, back to the earth" expression

Do you have a loved one that’s nearing his or her time in this world? Do you want to give them a send-off to remember? If you answer is “yes” to both questions, MesoLoft can make that send-off happen for you. In so many words, MesoLoft is a digital-age funeral service company that offers customers the opportunity to have the ashes of their loved ones fly up into the stratosphere near the edge of space using high altitude balloons. Once the balloons reach its intended altitude, it will release the ashes, allowing them to fall back down to Earth during the course of several months.

Most of us know the feeling of saying goodbye to our loved ones, so this hits close to home to a lot of people. MesoLoft’s offer to take the remains of our loved ones into the edge of space is a nice send-off. It doesn’t have the spectacle of a traditional funeral; instead, it takes the deceased on a quiet and serene last adventure to a place very few of us ever get to see in our lifetime.

The company’s promotional video shows how the process takes place. From the ground, MesoLoft inflates a high-altitude balloon with helium and releases it to the sky. From there, the balloon travels 15 to 20 miles up the planet’s atmosphere before it scatters the ash back down to the earth. MesoLoft says that the flight up to the edge of space takes about two hours before the balloon reaches its intended altitude. Once there, the actual process of scattering takes no more than a second, though the time it takes for the ashes to return to the ground, wherever it ends up, can take up to several months.

MesoLoft Offers a High-Altitude Way to Lay Your Loved Ones to Rest
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The company also has a pair of high-definition GoPro cameras recording the balloon’s travel, from its ascent to the time the ashes are scattered

To make the process feel more personal to the grieving family, the company also has a pair of high-definition GoPro cameras recording the balloon’s travel, from its ascent to the time the ashes are scattered. The balloon itself goes back down to earth and can be tracked via GPS. Once it’s retrieved, the company will give the family the footage that was recorded during the flight, the shroud that contained the ashes, photos from the day of the ceremony, and a complete highlight reel.

I’m not one to try to convince another person or family on how they want to say goodbye to their loved ones, but if you’re willing to go an extra mile — or 15 to 20 miles, in this case — for your loved ones, MesoLoft’s offer to take up to brink of space as a final adventure is a good way to go out.


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