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Parting Stone closes on financing to expand its alternative to ashes after cremation
Death Tech pioneer closes on $1.3 million in funding round
Parting Stone, the deathcare startup solving the uncomfortable experience of dealing with cremated remains, today announced the close of a $1.3 million seed-plus capital raise. The raise, led by Arrowhead Innovation Fund with participation from Lightspeed Scout Fund and Meow Wolf co-founders Matt King and Caity Kennedy, brings Parting Stone's total financing to $1.9 million. Cremated remains can feel messy and meaningless. Instead of receiving a box of ashes following cremation, you can now receive a collection of stones. Solidified remains let you feel connection with the remains of your departed. Turn your ashes into stones at www.partingstone.com
Parting Stone offers the first complete alternative to ashes in the form of solidified remains. Tweet thisParting Stone is the developer of solidified remains, a new category of remains that offers families the first complete alternative to receiving ashes following either pet cremation or human cremation. Instead of ashes, Parting Stone's proprietary technology returns cremated remains as collections of smooth, stone-like objects that can be comfortably and safely held, shared, displayed, and scattered.
Parting Stone will use the investment to grow its network of 200+ local funeral home partners nationwide, broaden direct-to-consumer access to its solidified remains service for over 20 million families already living with ashes, and expand its Santa Fe laboratory.
The company has grown substantially during COVID-19, providing a meaningful service for families seeking to memorialize departed loved ones amidst restrictions on gathering. Parting Stone projects that solidified remains will capture more than 50 percent of the cremated remains market share by 2030.
"There's a $500 million industry dedicated to putting a bandage on the uncomfortable experience of dealing with ashes by hiding them in anything from jewelry to paperweights," says Aaron Samuels, Lightspeed Scout. "The underlying reality is that ashes come in a form that some people find difficult to connect with. Parting Stone addresses the core problem with a new category of human remains."
Parting Stone's founder, Justin Crowe, developed the company after losing his grandfather in 2014 and becoming curious about how others were experiencing loss. "The more I talked to people, the more I found it tragic that so many who spoke passionately about their departed loved ones and pets were also storing their ashes in basements, closets, and garages, often for decades," says Crowe. "For many, ashes are a persistent source of guilt and frustration."
After receiving a grant to work with a team of material scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Parting Stone developed a proprietary solidification process and launched a new form of human remains in beta in October 2019.
"We don't accept broken user experiences anywhere else in our modern lives, but, for some reason, we have when it comes to cremation," says Crowe. "Solidified remains empower grieving families by providing a platform for healing, growth, and connection."
An average person will yield a collection of 40-60 "stones," ranging from thumbnail size up to palm-size. For each cup of cremated remains, Parting Stone's service returns one cup of solidified remains. Human remains solidification costs $595, dogs $295, and cats $245.
Parting Stone received honorable mention in Fast Company's 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards and the KIP Award for death care industry innovation.
About Parting Stone Parting Stone offers the first complete alternative to ashes in the form of solidified remains. Solidified remains are a collection of small stone-like objects that help families feel a meaningful connection with their departed, whether human or pet — no more uncomfortable ash. Founded in 2019 in collaboration with Los Alamos National Laboratories, Parting Stone was honored by Fast Company's World Changing Ideas Award (2020) and the KIP Award for death care industry innovation.
Parting Stone is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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