As soon as I got to Bhutan, I started noticing some curious small cylindrical cone shaped objects on stupas, under overhangs of rock and alongside many roadways. Any sacred or remotely scenic place that was at least partially sheltered from the elements seemed to have hundreds, if not thousands of these three inch high sculptures. Some were painted gold, others were painted red, but mostly they were either white or natural earth tone.
I asked my tour guide, what they were and he explained that they are Tsa Tsa. memorials molded by monks created from ash collected from funereal cremation pyres and molded in special religious ceremonies. The artifacts, usually 108 of them, are commissioned by bereaved Buddhist families as a way of honoring and bidding farewell to their loved ones. After they are created the memorials are given to the families to be placed in sacred places, beautiful places or places that were special to the departed loved one.
I think this would be a fitting memorial for me after I retire permanently.