For the coming space age, a new way to grieve

German designer Franziska Steingen has developed an elegant way to mourn the death of an astronaut: the Soot Home Grieving Set is designed to help family and loved ones to commemorate the loss of a space traveler without physical remains.

The grieving set is comprised of a glass urn and a candle holder. Mourners would fill the urn with personal possessions of the deceased, and seal it with a wooden stopper. When they light the candle at the foot of the urn, the flame will make contact with the metal holder, which will create soot that begins to cover the top of the glass dome. The more mourners perform the candle-lighting ritual, the darker the glass becomes, until it becomes sealed in darkness.

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