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Parting Stone founder Justin Crowe, 31, wasn’t always a morbid person. Not so long ago, he was a carefree college student studying ceramics at Alfred University in upstate New York. But his life changed when his grandfather died.
Crowe came to Santa Fe when he heard the end was near for his grandpa and was around a lot during his final months. The death triggered a strong reaction in Crowe, who started mourning his own mortality. As part of the healing process, he bought 200 human bones on the internet, crushed them and created glaze for dinnerware.
What Crowe didn’t realize at the time was that he was planting the seeds for Parting Stone, a business that is disrupting what is known as the death care industry. Fast forward to 2018, when Crowe’s idea to transform cremated human remains into beautiful stones won the top prize in Santa Fe’s bizMIX startup competition.