Sex toy offers intimate way to store a loved one's ashes
Everyone keeps hold of something special to remind them of a loved one who has passed away. This can be a book, a piece of jewellery or a picture, among other things. Of course, if your loved one has been cremated, you might also keep their ashes in an urn inside your home.
While this might bring you comfort, the urns often don't truly reflect what you felt for that person, especially if they were your partner.
This factor is what has inspired designer Mark Sturkenboom to create a slightly different container for the ashes of your loved one.
Mr Sturkenboom has designed a more intimate way for you to store your loved one's ashes that takes a totally different approach from the usual urn. Designed to help you remember the intimate moments you shared with your partner, you can now store their ashes in a sex toy.
The dildo forms part of a memory box that also contains a more traditional keepsake in the form of a necklace, which doubles as a key for the box. The box - called 21 Grams, which is said to be the weight of a human soul - also has a built-in amplifier to play music that reminds you of your loved one.
You'll also benefit from a scent diffuser and a gold-plated urn, making the memory box even more special. This urn fits inside a clear dildo, allowing you to enjoy more intimate moments with your partner, even though they've passed.
When asked why he created this unusual way of storing ashes, Mr Stuckenboom said: "After a passing, the missing of intimacy with that person is only one aspect of the pain and grief.
"This forms the base for 21 Grams. The urn offers the possibility to conserve 21 grams of ashes of the deceased and displays an immortal desire."
Talking about his inspiration for the memory box, he said: "I sometimes help an elderly lady with her groceries and she has an urn standing near the window with the remains of her husband.
"She always speaks with so much love about him, but the jar he was in didn’t reflect that at all.
"In that same period I read an article about widows, taboos and sex and intimacy and then I thought to myself 'can I combine these themes and make an object that is about love and missing and intimacy?'"
Let's see if this catches on.