Photo of Grandma's Titanium Hip Joint Left Behind After Cremation Goes Viral

An image showing a grandmother's intact titanium hip after cremation has gone viral online, sparking conversations about what people should do with them after death.

Reddit user sLiimFit shared an image of their grandmother's post-cremation metal hip to the subreddit "Mildly Interesting," where it attracted more than 125,000 upvotes in just two days.

The picture showed a titanium part used in hip replacement operations, left completely unaffected by the high temperatures used to cremate bodies. "I can't decide whether this is cool and interesting or disturbing," commented one Reddit user.

For families who choose not to keep the metal parts after the cremation, especially gold, most crematoriums have metal recycling schemes with companies such as OrthoMetals. Often, any extra money made through this process will be donated to charity at the choice of the crematorium.

The original poster didn't give away much information but explained that their "uncle kept it and put it beside the Buddhist altar at his home," adding that they were a Buddhist family from Southeast Asia.

"We Buddhists have a ceremony after the cremation too. And we take the photos of this kind of ceremony all the time."

The photo prompted others to share their own anecdotes and experiences of metal implants after cremations, and especially what they did with them.

"My mother had her husband's hip polished and mounted to a plinth," wrote one user. "Sits in the mantlepiece. As it's a ball and a socket, you can spin it. [It] makes a very cool sound. Mom spins it when she missed him."

Another shared a more humorous tale, writing: "[My grandmother] broke her arm when she was like 88. We never knew until she was cremated. Still had a plate inside her or something like that.

"We found her diaries after she passed away when we were cleaning out her apartment. It was more observations of the prices of coffee or oranges increasing … you know, old people stuff.

"BUT! In there we also found: 'Broke my arm yesterday. Didn't tell my daughter 'cause she's so annoying.'"

One user set out their emotional plan for their father's metal implants, writing: "My father has had both shoulders replaced. I've requested that it be written into his will that they will be returned to me upon his cremation, so that I can make them into cane tops for my sister and I, so we always have his shoulder to lean on."