I heard about this process almost a year ago but did not really know enough to write on the subject until I came across this article from The Telegraph, a publication of Hearst Media.
The process that I refer to is that of tattoo removal from a deceased body. As it turns out there are those who have tattoos who would like to have them preserved after their time of death. And, it is not only the bearer of the tattoo who may want it preserved, it might be the family.
This above referenced article tells the story of Chris Wenzel who told his wife that when he died he would like his body art to live after him. Mr. Wenzel died last October at age 41 and his wife was able to locate a company called “Save My Ink Forever“. It is a Cleveland, Ohio, based company – who have served their community as funeral directors for three generations – that came up with a process to remove and preserve tattoos.
You can learn more about the company at their web-site which you can access here. In essence, a mortician removes tattooed skin, treats it with a preservation provided by Save My Ink Forever and ships it to Ohio. In Ohio, in a process developed by the funeral director Sherwood family that takes up to three months, produces a finished product that is not unlike parchment paper, is framed and returned to the family.
Funeral Director Daily take: I was sitting with an older gentleman from my church this morning and we were discussing what it is that young parents want out of the church as far as Christian education for their children. We discussed that there is no real right or wrong way to present the Christian story and quite frankly, different people will learn in different ways. . . it is not all memorization anymore. . . it might be learning by videos or YouTube or singing hymns, or a combination of all of those items.
The tattoo removal article points out that same fact as far as funeral and memorial celebrations or mores go also. What is important for one family may not be so important for another family. . . but, virtually every family has something that is important to them.
I think that part of the discussion about staying relevant in the death care business is the ability of your business to adopt and adapt to what the consumer public will be looking for. If tattoo removal is one of those items that you deem a certain percentage of people will look for, then it would behoove your firm to look, before you have to, at how you would provide that service.