Nadine Jarvis, a recent graduate in design from Goldsmiths (London), has invented a new way to handle the residue of cremation. In a project called Carbon Copies, she has envisioned the transformation of the carbon content of a person's cremains into graphite, which is then used to manufacture a set of pencils (about 250 per person). Each pencil is imprinted with the deceased person’s name and life dates. The pencils are kept in a special wooden case, which includes a build-in sharpener. The shavings from the sharpener remain in the case.
This could provide a final outlet for the artistic impulse.
Here are links to photos of a case and a pencil.