Flying on a Plane with a Cremation Urn

You may be wondering about flying with ashes if you are planning to transport the cremains of a loved one to another state or country for scattering purposes, burial or other reasons.  Do airlines allow you to carry the ashes of a loved one with you when you travel?  How should you transport them?  There are many questions you may regarding flying with ashes have that hopefully this article will answer.

Sometimes our loved ones make requests before they pass concerning what they want done with their cremains.  Some prefer scattering over a lake or ocean, others want to be scattered over an area of mountains that held meaning for them.  This sometimes means that you must travel, and flying with ashes is a bit of a concern for some.

Airlines respect that flying with ashes is often necessary when you need to travel by air with a cremation urn, but they do have rules.  Today, security levels are at an all time high due to criminal activity, so there are some rules you must abide by if you plan on flying with ashes.

The container you carry your loved ones ashes in must be made of a material that can be seen through using an x-ray machine, so that security personnel can clearly see that there is nothing potentially dangerous inside.  Additionally, when flying with ashes you can carry a container on as carry-on luggage provided it passes security measures.

Light materials such as paper, wood or plastic usually work well for traveling.  These materials are light enough that x-ray machines can determine what is inside, and the materials are not opaque which can make for tough time passing security.  Flying with ashes is really not anything to be overly concerned about as long as you use a container that will pass.

Before flying with a cremation urn of your loved one, check with the airline to determine the rules they abide by, as some airlines do not allow an urn or any container of ashes to be checked with other baggage.

Biodegradable urns are good for travel, as most are made of natural materials that easily pass security.  These urns are designed of wood, sand, paper and other materials that usually don’t cause a problem when traveling.  If you plan on flying an urn for ashes, just be certain to check with the airline first before traveling with an urn, and make sure you have the proper container so that you can pass security.

Modern Memorial

Cremation memorials were most often simple, classic shaped vases in which a person’s ashes were stored, protected, displayed and passed down through generations. Although the traditional vases are still used, keepsake cremation jewelry is one of the many new memorial forms that are becoming increasingly more common.

Today families can even choose a combination of classic and modern styles for a memorial. A loved one’s ashes can be stored in a more traditional urn, and the ashes can also be shared in keepsake cremation jewelry among relatives across distances. Cremation jewelry filled with tiny portions of a loved one’s ashes enables multiple family members to always keep a loved one close at heart. Cremation jewelry makes an especially loving and special tribute for siblings to honor a parent or grandparent, or parent for child.

Soccer Fan Memorial Urn

A Fitting Tribute to a True Soccer Fan

Soccer Cremation Urn For those who are soccer fans, world cup fans (or even played the game passionately,) the Soccer Ball Case Memorial Urn is a wonderfully fitting tribute.  There’s no better way to memorialize a soccer fan with excitement and passion for the game.

More and more, people are foregoing traditional burial in a casket and choosing something a bit more personal.  For those who were truly passionate about either playing the game or watching soccer being played, this urn at $makes the perfect memorial.  Crafted of cherry by professional craftsmen, this beautiful urn is a warm and loving tribute to someone who truly loved and enjoyed the game.

All types of sports are hugely popular today.  Many who play the games are so dedicated and live it every minute of every day – it’s in their blood.  Even for those who enjoy just watching from the sidelines, soccer and other sports are an important part of life.  When you lose someone who was so full of life, so passionate about winning or even rooting for their favorite team, it is truly tragic.  The Soccer Ball Case Memorial urn is an urn that is extremely personal, because you place the actual soccer ball of your loved one inside a protective acrylic case that sits atop the magnificent cherry wood urn.

This urn allows the cremains or ashes of a loved one to be added through the bottom, and displayed wherever you like.  A brushed brass plate on the front of the urn can be engraved with your loved ones name, a favorite saying, or anything you like.  If your loved one was a true sports fan, a sports urn is the perfect final resting place, as it demonstrates your love for that person, as well as your respect for a sport they loved, lived and breathed in life.

For those of you who are passionate about soccer, it’s never too early to prepare for what lies ahead in life.  Whether you have lost someone who loved the game of soccer or are a world cup fan yourself who just wants to be prepared, the Soccer Ball Case Memorial Urn is stunning.

Grieving a Pet is a Natural Process That Helps Heal

Losing a PetGrieving a pet is a natural process that allows us to heal after the loss of a beloved member of the family.  While some may think it is silly, the death of a pet can affect us even greater at times than when a friend or relative passes.  If your grief of losing a pet is not acknowledged by a good friend or relative, it may become even greater.  Don’t let anyone who believes you are behaving abnormally make you feel that you have to justify your feelings.  Some people are pet lovers, others are not.

Those who are never blessed with knowing what it is like to have a true and constant companion and friend really do not know what they are missing.  It is a great joy to those who do have the chance to develop a loving relationship with a pet.  Dogs especially are loyal to a fault; no matter what, they are always there to great you and ready to give you affection when you have had a bad day.  Grieving a pet is normal, and never let anyone tell you otherwise.  Just as with humans, the grief will pass.  Once you begin to heal, you will enjoy fond memories for a lifetime.

While grieving a pet is completely normal and understandable, you should find someone to talk to if you experience overwhelming grief.  Someone else who dearly loves their pet, a veterinarian who is a friend, or even your pastor is a good choice.  Choose someone who is good at listening, and who you feel will truly understand what you are going through.  Talking these things out with someone who feels about pets like you do will help lift a heavy burden.

The wonderful thing about grieving a pet, even though it doesn’t seem at the moment that anything could be good about it, is that you will grow emotionally through the process.  The time you shared with your pet will help you form lasting memories, and your life will be filled with the knowledge of just how much a pet can mean in the existence we call life.  This may be the best testament of all to validate just how important your pet really was.

Pets help us experience many emotions we may never or only occasionally feel toward humans.  A true bond and friendship, loyalty, fierce affection and companionship are feelings that we sometimes never experience with people.  So, is grieving pet loss abnormal?  Hardly.  It may perhaps be one of the most natural things we ever experience.

New Sand Cremation Urns from In the Light Urns

New Sand Cremation UrnsCremation urns come in a variety of materials, designs and cost ranges.  Now, In the Light Urns offers exquisite sand cremation urns such as the Sand Pebbles Natural Sand Art Urns.  The simple elegance of this urn lends to its modern appearance.

These beautiful sand cremation urns are sculptured by French Canadians at Artisans du Sable, and perfect for displaying in your home; they can also be used for land or water burial.  In the home, these urns will last a lifetime and will not break down.  If used for land or water burial, these distinctive urns will break down over time, which demonstrates they are more environmentally suited than some other types of urns.

The sand cremation urns we offer are designed to hold 200 cubic inches of cremains, but keepsakes are also available and will hold 2 cubic inches.  Our Footprints in the Sand Natural Sand Art Urn is beautiful as well, and represents the popular poem regarding Jesus carrying a loved one during times of trouble or sadness.  These urns are smooth and sculpted to perfection, a wonderful memorial to a loved one who has passed.

Traveling has become quite a hassle when it comes to the airlines.  Our line of cremation urns are TSA approved, meaning that they can be scanned so that you can carry them on board.  These urns are allowed as carry-on baggage, so you don’t have to go to the trouble of placing the ashes of your loved one in a temporary container when you travel.

Another of our sand cremation urns is the Sand Pebbles Natural Sand Art Urn, which has been named “Piedra” by the artists that sculptured this simple yet elegant urn.  These beautiful memorials have pebbles on the top, which lead the eye down a line containing more gray pebbles.  Everyone sees things in a different light, but we view the pebbles running down the side of this urn as a person gently slipping over to the other side.  These urns represent deep meaning for many who have lost loved ones.

If you are looking for a lasting tribute that is set apart from the normal urns you find, our memorials are unique and stunning.  When only the best will do for someone you loved to the depths of your heart, these original artworks offer simplistic, natural beauty.

Traveling by Air with a Cremation Urn

Airport Cremation InformationIf you wish to travel by air with a cremation urn then it’s important to know what’s required in respect of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) screening procedures. These procedures have been devised in such a way as to provide security for all passengers while at the same time remaining respectful to those traveling with the cremated remains of loved ones.

Regardless of whether you want to travel with it as carry-on baggage or checked baggage, your cremation urn must successfully pass the airport’s screening procedures. If you’re traveling with an urn as carry-on baggage, then it must pass through the airport’s x-ray machine. An urn that’s transported as checked baggage will be screened for explosive devices/materials using a number of techniques. However, it’s important to note that not all air carriers permit cremated remains as checked baggage so you should check with your air carrier or travel agent beforehand.

If you want to travel with your cremation urn as carry-on baggage and it cannot be successfully screened, then it won’t be allowed on board the aircraft. There is no documentation that will enable a passenger to bypass this security screening process, so you must ensure that your urn is able to comply with it. In addition, as a mark of respect for the deceased, screening personnel will, under no circumstances, open a cremation urn, even if requested by the passenger carrying the urn.

The TSA suggests transporting remains in a container made of lighter material than that typically used for cremation urns, such as wood, cardboard, or plastic, all of which can be successfully screened. Some of the more traditional types of urns can produce an opaque image when screened and, as a result, aren’t permitted through the security checkpoint. You can of course use an urn made from a lighter material as a temporary carrier for your cremated remains and then place the remains in a more permanent urn at an appropriate time later.

Provided you are well aware of the security requirements when traveling with a cremation urn, you shouldn’t have any problems. Ensure your urn is made from a material that will enable the security personnel to x-ray it successfully and you can rest assured that the experience will be just another step to finally laying your loved one to rest.

For further information on this matter, go to (the “For Travelers” page), or call TSA on 866-289-9673.

You can contact In The Light Urns directly at (800) 757-3488 for further information.

Losing a Pet – Often as Difficult as Losing a Family Member

Losing a PetWhile the death of a pet means hardly anything at all to some people, to others it is as traumatic as losing a family member.  Many people become extremely attached to their pets; so much so that when they lose them, it is devastating.  Losing a pet can bring to an end one of your greatest enjoyments in life.  You may have played with your pet every day, took him camping with the family, or allowed him to relax in the family room as you and the rest of the family enjoyed a good movie.  He was truly a part of everyday life.

When you grieve over the death of a pet, some people may think you are being silly, or overly sentimental.  Let them think what they want!  You know how you feel, and you know that your pet was a true companion and source of comfort.  Feeling devastated, sad and even depressed is a normal.  Those who love animals know that there is no more loyal a friend; pets never forsake or judge you.  Patterns develop, and you expect that each day when you return home from work your pet will be there, excitedly wagging his tail as you exit the car.  When he isn’t there anymore, it is heartbreaking.

The death of a pet brings forward various feelings.  You may feel guilt, anger, denial, depression.  You may feel angry at the illness that took your pets life, or the driver who hit your pet while driving 20 miles over the speed limit.  You may deny that he is really gone for a while.  Even though you know in your head that he has passed, your heart still expects to see him as you drive in to the driveway or walk in to the foyer.  Getting a new pet is a solution for some people; others feel that they are being disloyal to their beloved pet who is gone.

Dealing with the loss of a pet requires different measures for different people.  Most importantly, recognize that you are hurt, sad, angry, or guilty.  Never try to suppress your feelings, because dealing with them and helps you work through your grief.  Even though your friends or family members may think you have lost your mind, express your feelings.  Cry if you need to; talk to someone about your feelings, but never suppress them.

Losing a pet requires doing something with the body, which is completely up to you.  You may feel that it is best to bury the body.  Cremation may be a solution, as you can have your beloved pet with you if you choose.  Pet memorials can be buried, the ashes can be scattered, or you can keep them in an attractive urn and display them in your home or office.  It is best to make these decisions prior to the death of a pet, so that you do not make hasty decisions you may regret later.  When the death of a pet occurs, depression and grief are normal feelings – don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Explaining Cremation to a Child

Talking to a Child about DeathIt’s hard enough to explain to a child that a loved one has died.  It can be even harder when that loved one has chosen cremation after death.  Even though cremation is more commonly chosen today than ever before, the concept is still confusing to children and is less familiar to them than the burial of a body placed in a coffin.  Therefore, explaining cremation brings with it several challenges.

The first consideration in deciding on the words to use is the age and developmental level of the child.  Sometimes young children believe that the deceased loved one is still alive in some fashion just “up in the sky.”  They generally believe they still walk around, eat, sleep, etc.  For this reason, saying that what was once the loved one’s body has now become ashes doesn’t make much sense to children.  Therefore, if the family has a belief in a “soul” or some other essence of the person separate from the body, this would be the time to explain that concept.  A child will have an easier time accepting that the body is no longer in the form of a body if they believe that the deceased person’s “soul” has gone on to “heaven.”  Of course, families that do not have the kind of religious beliefs that would support this explanation should not feel they need to use this language simply to make the situation more understandable to the child.  Sometimes, it just takes time for children to grow into an understanding of complicated concepts they encounter very young, and cremation is certainly one of these.

It is always important to be honest with children when discussing death and cremation.  However, honesty doesn’t mean using terms or descriptions that would be unnecessarily upsetting to them simply because they are true.  For instance, it’s best not to use the word “burn” when describing the process of cremation because children can misunderstand what this means.  They know that if they burn themselves, it hurts, so they draw the conclusion that if “Grandma’s body was burned so that it turned into ashes,” then it must have been very painful for Grandma.  This only adds to their confusion and grief over Grandma’s passing.  Instead, it’s a better idea to tell the child that Grandma’s body was put in a room that got very, very hot.  And what happened was that the heat from the room turned her body into very light, soft ashes that are almost like powder.”  It’s also helpful to explain that this is what Grandma truly wanted to happen after she died.

Another helpful strategy when explaining cremation is to discuss the purpose of the urn that now holds Grandma’s ashes, if that is what was done with them.  This can be explained as “a beautiful way to remember Grandma because every time we see the urn with her ashes, we think of what a wonderful person she was.”  If the ashes are to be scattered instead of placed in an urn, it can be helpful to have the child be present when this is done or to take them to the site where they were scattered if this has already taken place.  Just as funerals are important rituals that help family members find some peace in their grief and loss, witnessing the scattering of ashes can be a meaningful rite that helps a child on the road to healing.

Writing an Obituary

Anyone who has lost a family member knows how difficult it is to deal with the many arrangements that need to be made at a time when sadness and grief are so great.  One of the most daunting challenges for some can be in writing the obituary.  The thought of trying to capture the significance of an entire life in a few short paragraphs can seem overwhelming.  But with the right information and a willing spirit, it’s possible to create an obituary that honors the life of the deceased love one in a way that’s pays tribute in a way that’s not so difficult to create.

Primarily, an obituary serves as the notice of death.  Therefore, it’s best to begin an obituary with this announcement including the full name of the deceased along with his age, city of residence, day and date of death.  Often, the place of death is also given (“at his home” or “at Mercy Hospital Southeast”) as well as the cause of death if known.

After this initial notice, the next part of the obituary should comment on the life of the deceased person.  Obviously, every detail cannot be included, so choices need to be made about what is most essential.  The most common items discussed are:  information about the person’s date and place of birth; names of parents and any significant childhood information; facts about educational accomplishments; employment information and any significant career accomplishments; charitable, professional, or religious affiliations; name of spouse and date of marriage; and notable attributes (e.g. sense of humor, unique talent).

The next part of the obituary needs to mention family members.  This should begin with the family members the deceased is survived by, like a spouse, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, parents, grandparents, and siblings.  Close aunts, uncles, nieces, or nephews as well as dear friends may also be mentioned.  Decisions about who should be  included can get tricky because it’s easy to leave out someone who will be hurt, like step-siblings or distant relations who live far away.  It’s best to make sure there is agreement in the immediate family about who should be named in the listing.  After covering those still living, this section should go on to explain significant people who have preceded the loved one in death, like a spouse, children, grandchildren, and any other significant relations.  Their dates of death should be included as well.

After the family section of the obituary, information about when the funeral or memorial service will take place along with information about hours for visitation should be included.  If there are any vigils or special services, these should be mentioned to.  The place of burial, name of the funeral home, and a place to call for information should be included as well.  The obituary should end with any information regarding suggested memorial donations, and a closing line that sums up the deceased loved one’s life in a few short words.

When writing the obituary, make sure to focus mostly on the loved one who has died, not the feelings of those writing the obituary.  Be sure not to refer to the deceased as “Mom” or “Grandpa” but to write in the third person throughout.   Although it may seem difficult, it’s best to try to find a happy medium between giving information about the death and celebrating the person’s life.  Hopefully, by keeping these tips in mind, writing a high quality obituary can be a little less intimidating and will appropriately honor the loved one who has now passed on.

A great deal of information about losing a loved one is available at In the Light Urns. For words of sympathy and loss visit our website. We hope this article about writing an obituary was helpful. Thank you for reading.

Gold Cremation Jewelry is An Elegant and Lasting Memorial

Gold Cremation JewelryWhen a loved one passes, there are many different ways people process their sadness, grief and loss.  Everyone is unique, and must do what feels right for them at such a sad and heartbreaking time in their life.  Gold cremation jewelry is an option for those who are searching for a way to keep the memory of their loved one alive and near to their heart.

When you lose someone that touched your life in a way that no one else could, it’s hard to let go.  You want to stay connected to them, even though they are no longer here in the physical sense.  Gold cremation keepsake jewelry allows you and other members of your family to feel a connection both spiritually and mentally.  For some, it truly helps get closure so that the healing process can begin and they can move forward with their lives.

If this is your first time learning about cremation and the various keepsakes, jewelry and urns that are available for the ashes of your loved one, you may believe that gold cremation jewelry would have a strange or unattractive appearance.  Quite the opposite is actually true.  This jewelry looks like other beautiful gold jewelry, with elegant styles and designs that hold a small portion of your loved ones cremains or other memento.  Do people know you are wearing something that is not ordinary jewelry?  No one but you will know – it is a secret held closely between you and your loved one.

Some people prefer to go the traditional route when a loved one passes.  They buy a casket, then bury their loved one next to other family members.  While this has always been accepted, more families are now choosing cremation.  Many do this simply because it is more affordable, and others give special meaning to the words “ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”  Those who do choose cremation often choose burial urns and or decide to scatter the ashes, which mean they are earth friendly and do no harm to the environment.  Even so, they may want to keep just a small remembrance with them, and gold cremation jewelry is made especially for this purpose.

Gold Cremation JewelryThe styles and designs are exquisite, and perfect for any loss.  Whether you must say a final farewell to your lover and soul-mate, or an infant, memorial jewelry allows you to choose the perfect keepsake that will help you keep the deceased’s special meaning and place in your life alive.

Those who believe in eternal life know that when their time comes, they will meet the one they miss so intensely on the other side.  Until then, gold cremation jewelry is the perfect way to show your respect and deep love, while helping you continue on with life knowing that someday you will meet again.