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What do you want to happen to your body when you die? How about taking a dirt nap in a mushroom suit or maybe you'd like to be turned into a ruby ring?

The newest trend in funeral service is extending your life after death.

A pink gemstone could be all yours. Literally.

A company called Mevisto has found a way to make jewels out of your ashes and hair or even your pet's.

"We extract some elements that we need for the stones," explained Johann Urbandk of Mevisto. "Our slogan is longer than life, memories longer than life."

The stones are one of the newest items on display at the world's largest funeral service expo. Vendors filled the Austin Convention Center Monday.

Some of the most intriguing ways to continue on after death are not yet on the market, like a wind chime. Your ashes go inside a wooden tube that bangs against a metal ring.

You can also be buried vertically and help fertilize a tree.

Or, maybe you'd like to soar high above and rain down upon the earth? It's possible.

"The product is I Wish to Be Rain," creator Harry Trimble said. "So the idea is in your will you can be asked to be turned into a rain cloud."

Your ashes will be taken up to the clouds with a weather balloon that induces rain fall.

Green burials are popular these days and nothing is greener than the Infinity Burial Project.

A woman has trained mushrooms to eat her hair, skin and nails. She hopes to one day market burial suits where mushrooms would decompose a human body.

If that's a little too out there maybe salt urns will work.

"When it gets placed in water it dissolves in four to five hours," said Darren Crouch of Passages International.

If you're picky about transportation, you've got some new options. One is the Mercedes hearse which will appear in the U.S. in 2014. If Harleys are you thing, you may be interested in the Tombstone Hearse. It's a hearse pulled by a motorcycle.

If you're dying to have it, those in funeral service industry professionals can make it happen.

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