Ballistic Burials: Alabama Conservation Officers Sell Ammunition Filled With the Ashes of Your Loved One

Thad Holmes and Clem Parnell are Alabama conservation enforcement officers . . . and part-time human ballistic burial experts. Holmes and Parnell have founded Holy Smoke, LLC, a company that loads the ashes of your fried or loved one in shotgun shells, and rifle and pistol cartridges to be used in one last hunting trip or just target practice. For a small sum, it is resurrection and reload . . .

It appears that you do not need a special license once the body is cremated. You are not legally performing a funeral service. Nevertheless, they assure customers: “This is a reverent business. We take the utmost care in what we do and show the greatest respect for the remains.” A reverent business of stuffing your loved one into shotgun shells to use during duck season.

As explained on My Holy Smoke, this is a dream for many hunters: “How perfect to have my family and friends honor me by using shotgun shells with a little bit of my ash in each one. Whether my shells get shot at sporting clays or live birds or put on the shelf, even in death I could be ecologically sound and useful.” They will load 250 shotgun shells or 100 rifle rounds, or 250 pistol rounds for $850. They will return any extra ashes to you.

In the article below, Robert Chapin, a toxicologist, is quoted as saying people should be sure to kill the animal quickly if it is still living after being shot — to avoid the ashes spreading in the animal’s blood and the area around the shot should not be eaten.

They insist that you do not have to worry about eating an animal shot with the remains of your loved one. It is just carbon and any residue . . . well . . . this too shall pass.

Source: WTSP

31 thoughts on “Ballistic Burials: Alabama Conservation Officers Sell Ammunition Filled With the Ashes of Your Loved One”

  1. Woosty’s still a Cat,

    “… to each his own.”

    My neighbor has his father and grandfather on a shelf in the garage. He claims they like it there. His wife has no idea what she’s going to do with them if he dies before she does. She has also made it quite clear that, should she go first, she does not want to join them on the shelf.

  2. AY,


    Oh my….That post is scary …. my question is when they will come for you …
    I must look to the Borg series for the answer … and the answer is when the see me as a threat.

    (remember when members of the Enterprise crew beamed over to the Borg ship and were mystified when Borg crew members went by them without even glancing at them? Data said “it is because they do not see us as a threat” …

    So far I am not a threat … keep on blogging in the “free world”.

  3. Woosty’s Still a Cat.


    Is war-time law written for ‘perpetual’ war?
    Let’s just hope “the law” is not declared a “muslin” religion, or we may loose our beloved professor.

  4. Here is one way to go out in style. The great Hawaiian singer with the angelic tenor voice, Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole, died way too young and his ashes were spread according to his wishes. This is his Platinum selling hit, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”

    Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole’s Platinum selling hit “Over the Rainbow” which also shows the disposition of his cremains.

  5. Dredd1, October 3, 2011 at 11:11 am

    When this ripens, they may
    Is war-time law written for ‘perpetual’ war?
    Doesn’t ordering the killing of an American citizen without due-process amount to an incredible perversion of the law?
    Is there any way to understand this as being ‘necessary’ and ‘appropriate’ or is this another martyr that drives a wedge between American justice and American citizen……?

  6. Dredd,

    Oh my….That post is scary….my question is when they will come for you….

  7. I wonder where these two were and what they were doing when this idea came to them.

  8. This is one of those news items that solicits the response “Only in America” . . . just not in the good way.

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