Photo Engraved Urns Add a Personalized Touch

Photo engraved urns are gaining popularity as more people today choose cremation.  This is especially true when loved ones are planning to put the urn on display in their home, office, or even a private area.  Photo engraved urns add a personal touch and sentimental value; each time you view the urn of the deceased, you will be reminded of the love you shared and the good times that were enjoyed.

All urns are beautiful; some people choose to bury their loved ones urn, some choose scattering urns if the deceased expressed their wishes to be scattered in an area they particularly enjoyed or spent a lot of time at, such as a lake or mountain.  Those who choose to keep the memorial in their home may choose photo engraved urns, simply because they are beautiful and have deep meaning.

There are two ways in which photo engraved urns are created.  A printed picture may be displayed on the urn with a frame, or it can be engraved in to the surface.  Typically, this process can be done on an urn that is crafted of marble, wood or brass and the results are exquisite.  There is something very special and heart-felt about having a loved ones picture engraved on an urn, and it often helps loved ones keep an image in mind of a time when their loved one was vibrant and healthy.

Those who choose photo engraved urns can rest assured that the results will be exquisite as skilled craftsmen engage in custom creations every day.  When you want something out of the ordinary to memorialize a loved one, there is quite simply nothing that rivals an urn with a photo on it.

Nothing can bring a loved one back, and while the pain of losing someone you love is always there, it does subside a bit over time.  For some, photo engraved urns serve as a constant reminder of a loved one who has gone on; they may also help in beginning the healing process, so that in the future as you reflect on the departed you can do so with peace in your heart.

4 Face Felony Charges Following Plot Reselling Scheme

Alsip, Illinois – Authorities in a greater Chicago suburb have discovered that possibly 300 graves have been dug up and resold at a cemetery.  The Burr Oak Cemetery is a historic African-American cemetery where several black icons were buried.  These include Emmett Till, a lynching victim, Dinah Washington, a blues singing legend and Harlem Globetrotter Inman Jackson.

Associated Press Photo

Associated Press Photo

The office manager for the cemetery, Carolyn Towns, and 3 gravediggers Keith Nicks, Terrance Nicks and Maurice Daley are those that have been charged.  This horrific story has caused unimaginable heartbreak for many in the town who have relatives whose graves have been dug up.

Steven Watkins, attorney for Towns, claims innocence on his clients behalf.  He stated that “Somebody is apparently making false accusations against my client.”  Towns is maintaining that she is innocent.

The method used in this plot is horrific as well.  This was not moving or replacing graves.  The graves have been excavated, and the remains dumped wherever there was an empty space in the back area of the cemetery.  In other instances, graves were stacked on top of another.  According to Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, some of the graves were pounded down so that another casket could be placed on top of it.

This scheme was an attempt by the four to make money.  According to Dart, the four would dig up the graves, dump the remains, resell the plot and pocket the cash.  Each of the 4 have been charged with dismembering a human body.  The sentence for this charge ranges from 6 to 30 years according to Cook County state’s attorney, Anita Alvarez.

Towns bail was set at $250,000.  The other three implicated in the charges each have a $200,000 bail.  As of Thursday afternoon, none had posted bail according to the sheriff’s department.  The FBI, local funeral directors and forensic scientists have been summoned to assist with the investigation according to Dart.

This all began about six weeks ago when owners of the cemetery began having issues with possible financial irregularities.  The current owners have operated the cemetery for over five years but are not thought to be involved in the scheme.   According to Dart, the majority of the excavations were done in back lots to graves that were older and not visited often.

Also attending the news conference was the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who stated that there should be “a special place in hell” for the suspects.  Decades ago, Burr Oak Cemetery was the one place that black Chicagoans were comfortable they could safely bury their dead.  Dart believes the scheme could have been going on for as long as the past four years.

Caskets, bodies and all have literally been “dumped” in the back area of the cemetery.  Concrete vaults have been shattered – but not nearly as shattered as the lives of people who had family buried at Burr Oak Cemetery.  This is truly every family’s nightmare, and a heart-wrenching one as well.