How much ashes are needed for a Dead Soon print?
To capture your loved one’s unique cosmos, we need the smallest amount, approximately a pinch worth which equates to about 2 milligrams. After completing the photographic process, your ashes are safely returned to you with your final print.
How much does the commission process cost?
£1500 + VAT
Where does my money go?
The most expensive part of the commission is the Dead Soon patented process, from receiving your ashes to converting the image captured under the microscope by the artist into a unique piece of art. Once this initial commission process has been completed, we are able to offer additional print run offs of the image for a much lower contribution (see below).
As we are committed to social innovation and paying forward, 10% of our revenue goes towards our Dead Soon bursary fund to enable those who may not otherwise be able to afford us. An additional 2.5% of revenue is allocated for charitable causes we believe in.
All postage and packaging costs are also included in the price.
How long does it take to receive my beloved one’s photograph?
The average waiting time is 90 days from when we receive your ceremonial box back in the studio. This timeframe is reflected by our patented scientific process, from the overwhelming demand for Dead Soon photographs and because of the current pandemic restrictions. Throughout the process, via email, you will be notified of all completed major milestones.
What is the process used to make the art?
After receiving the sample it is registered into our automated database to ensure you can have a hassle-free follow up, the sample is carefully brought to the microscopy lab of the artist where she then starts the patented process for observing the unique galaxies resulting from your beloved one’s ashes. Once the artist is happy with an image she captures it and your sample is then collected back to its container and sealed back with the security tags, the print order is run by and the artist supervises the printing process. Once the print is finished, we carefully package it, along with the ashes, to be returned to you. Your beloved one ashes return unaltered to you, nothing is added to the ashes for taking the photograph. More details around the kit and vial...
Can you create an image from individuals who have chosen burial?
Unfortunately we cannot. Our process requires ashes to convert into an image.
What is our ethical stand on families wanting to retrieve a buried urn with the ashes intact and sealed?
We fully support anyone’s healing process so long as there has been an equal and democratic decision making process between all parties.
How many images can be captured from my loved one’s ashes?
Numerous images are captured throughout the process, but the artist will select the most mesmerising image to be turned into a print.
If I want more than one print do I need to send more ashes?
No. Once we have captured the image we can produce as many print run offs as you require. This way you may provide a print for each family member if you so choose. This option is available to you upon confirming your commission and all the way up until the image is captured for changes etc. Please revert to our commission page for prices and details etc.
What does it mean that my print is certified?
Due to our environmental commitments, we have chosen to use Hannemühle natural paper for the prints. The Hannemühle Natural Line focuses on FineArt inkjet papers made from unique raw materials: bamboo, hemp, and agave. The plants that provide the cellulose require minimal maintenance, grow quickly and don’t need any pesticides. Their rapid growth means that more cellulose can be produced on the same cropland than with other raw materials, and they also require much less water, helping to save valuable resources and protect the environment. This paper is part of the Green Rooster Initiative. Additionally, each print comes with a Hahnemühle Certificate of Authenticity designed to protect the security and genuineness of your limited edition art work on Hahnemühle paper. Certificates reduce risks of forgery.
Each certificate is made of premium deckle edged mould-made paper with a Hahnemühle watermark and fluorescent security fibres. A serialized numbered hologram is then added. A second, identically numbered hologram will then be applied to the reverse side of the artwork. The combination of certificate and hologram assures that each Certificate of Authenticity relates to one particular piece of art, added to that you can register your art print in the link below.
How do I order my Dead Soon Print?
Can I get a print of my beloved pet?
We know some of us love our non-human family as much as the human, so yes you can have a print from your beloved non-human friend.
How much does it cost to make a print of my pet?
Dead Soon’s patented artistic process is the same whether human or non-human as are the associated commission costs.
How do I know you have used my loved one’s ashes?
This is a frequently asked question, and one that crematoriums also encounter. Just as a loved one’s body is entrusted to a crematorium, so are those ashes entrusted to Dead Soon. Everyone at Dead Soon honours the importance of respecting the sensitivity of your experience with this journey. To guarantee peace of mind, we have worked hard to create a system that ensures accuracy and accountability via continual labelling, data logging and supervised checking.
Do you sell or ship pieces internationally?
Yes. Our secure online platform accepts payments from credit cards from all over the world. Dead Soon can also make arrangements (on an individual basis) to accept international credit card payments over the phone too. Because each country has differing regulations regarding transportation of ashes, we are currently accepting commissions from North America (Canada, USA) Mexico, EU, and the UK only, as they are the authorised territories. We hope to expand beyond soon. As policies change continually, if you think your country is now eligible, please check your country's postal restrictions beforehand to ensure that ashes may be transported via mail. Shipping prices vary by destination, however we cover all shipping costs in the fixed commission price. In addition to shipping costs, many countries also require additional fees, including customs, duties, and import taxes; these fees can sometimes be exorbitant and cannot be covered by Dead Soon. In order to minimise these potential fees, the value displayed on the shipping label will only reflect the cost of the raw materials (i.e. the paper) for each print. Please note that you will not be able to claim your print unless you pay the customs/import fees required by many countries.
What if it's too painful handling my loved ashes?
This project was born from the artist’s personal experience of pain from losing her father. So our whole process has been contemplated.
Confronting pain in a safe and gentle environment can be a catalyst for healing and growth. This intimate moment can be one of the most meaningful experiences. It is an opportunity to celebrate life and love and to ponder on the deeper questions in our hearts. For this reason we have pioneered a grief healer initiative to help. At your discretion, one of our grief healers will be made available to you for a session during the print journey, including follow up aftercare tool-kits.
Within your ceremonial box that you will receive upon confirmation of commission is a personal note from Gabriela to accompany this profound moment. This can be done alone or with a friend, family or any person of your choice. It's a moment to honour, so make it beautiful, whatever that means to you. We have received feedback that the prayer within the box and tips for setting the scene have created a comforting and unforgettable experience.
How safe is mailing ashes?
While we take the utmost care in handling your beloved one’s ashes, we are reliant on third parties for the logistical process. In the UK they can be mailed through Royal Mail and it’s international partners. In the North Americas they can currently only be mailed through the USPS Priority Mail Express with special handling, tracking, and signatures. We are currently confirming international shipping suppliers for other regions, but all postage and packaging costs are covered in the commission cost.
Where are the ashes kept during the process?
The vials are individually numbered and stored within a safe designated storage area in our studios. Unique codes are assigned to each commission and managed through a robust CRM system.
How did the artist invent this?
Of Mexican heritage and Buddhist philosophy, Gabriela went deep within, to better understand the message and insights from losing her father. In an attempt to meet with her grief and all the emotions that flooded her after his sudden death, an intuitive calling led her to the microscope with his ashes where she made her discovery