Trends for Funeral Homes and Cemeteries

As consumers’ preference for cremation continues to grow, and the purchasing options for items such as caskets, cremation urns, cremation jewelry angel-wing-ash-pendant_1and other Memorials products become more widely available, funeral homes and Cemeteries are finding that they had to re-position themselves in the market in order to survive in today’s economic climate. They can no longer rely on merely providing a perfunctory service. They now have to convince bereaved families that the only way to truly honor loved ones is with a professionally managed funeral and internment, which they can best provide. This is particularly important if they don’t want to miss out on what’s just coming out of first gear, in the shape of the baby boomer generation.

 


It’s estimated that over the next thirty years or so, the “Death Care Industry” will see a surge in business as members of the baby boomer generation pass away – provided they can adapt to cater for the individualistic tastes of this group of people. Baby Boomers Image

The long-awaited benefits of the passing of the baby boomer generation will only be reaped by those funeral providers who are willing and able to provide the alternative Celebrations of Life that the boomers are predicted to want in place of the more traditional, somber affairs.

 

If funeral directors are worrying that the baby boomer generation will shun their local funeral homes for the restaurants or clubs where they spent most of their lives, then they need to consider how they can persuade clients and prospective clients that a funeral service is more than a just a farewell party. A funeral is an integral part of the grieving process and can help those left behind to deal with the passing of a life and move on. A funeral can also provide a degree of closure for loved ones and as such needs to be handled appropriately. That doesn’t necessarily mean in hushed, darkened rooms by somber-looking men in black, but rather in a way that recognizes and understands how to deal with family factions and intense emotions, both of which, understandably, are likely to surface immediately following a bereavement.

 

Salespeople in today’s industries are all trying to position themselves as trusted counselors. Insurance agents, financial advisors, and even computer systems vendors all want to be regarded as being able to provide valuable counsel. But funeral providers are already experts in this field. They have experience of providing professional, sound, and comforting counsel at one of the most traumatic times in a person’s life. And it’s this aspect of their business that they can capitalize on and use as a foundation on which to succeed.Baby Boomer Funeral Trends

 

However, while the value of providing such counsel shouldn’t be underestimated, it’s important that funeral providers also show that they’re willing to change if they want to reap the potential business benefits the passing of the baby boomers is predicted to generate. That means moving away from the stark, dimly lit funeral parlors of yesteryear to an environment that conveys an atmosphere of flexibility and accommodation. Many funerals nowadays involve the use of visual and audio equipment, and funeral directors will have to be able to provide this type of multi-media event to their clients, particularly as the members of the baby boomer generation are expected to want to go out as they’ve lived: By spending top-dollar on themselves in order to proclaim their individuality.

 

For a funeral business in today’s climate, the ability to offer tried and trusted counsel is the best of all foundations from which to market its services. Add a little flexibility and the willingness and capability to meet tomorrow’s demands and the future needn’t look so bleak.

 

 

 

Small Urns Make Heartfelt Statements

Little urns are small scale versions of more traditional sized urns, designed to be tokens of affection and symbols of remembrance that several family members can share. These small cremation urns are designed to house a small amount of cremains, lock or hair or other cherished item, so the memory of the departed can live on in several places and remain with all who loved him or her. They are ideal for distributing ashes of a loved one across great distances and among several close family members or friends.  There are many styles and options available, and each person can choose the one that means the most to them.

Small Brass Urns
Smallature replicas of classic style brass urns make a lovely gift for families to share. Brass urns are highly durable, non-degradable and can last for hundreds of years without a change in appearance, creating a lasting family heirloom for generations.

Music Box Urns
Music box urns are thoughtful keepsakes that hold a small amount of cremains or a lock of hair. These warm, sentimental keepsakes play touching tunes such as Amazing Grace or Unchained Melody and can be personalized with a photo or favorite phrase to create a lasting memento.

Angel or Fairy Keepsake Urns
Hand designed tiny porcelain angles or fairies look nothing like traditional urns and create lovely, lasting keepsakes. These sweet creatures will make you smile as you recall fond memories of your loved one.

Small Sports Wooden Keepsake Urns
Beautiful handmade wooden urns can be customized with your loved ones favorite sports icons such as golf, tennis, soccer or football and engraved with a personal plate. These small urns are complementary to full size urns of the same style and allow several family members to share similar tributes to someone they love.

Small UrnSmall Heart Shaped Urns
Heart shaped urns that fit in the palm of your hand create a heartfelt and sentimental statement. These small keepsake urns can be filled with a loved one’s cremains, crushed flowers or lock of hair to create a loving memento. They also make profound gifts for family members.

Jewelry Keepsake Urns
Jewelry keepsakes are the tiniest, yet most deeply personal urns of all. These treasures come in necklaces of varying styles such as lockets, pendants and crosses that are filled with small portions of a loved one’s cremains, worn close to the heart. Jewelry pendants can also be displayed in small glass and wood cases to be kept at a bedside or other special place of remembrance.

Although small in size, these urns hold the same, if not greater, meaning…honoring the memory of a loved one. These keepsakes allow many people to share in the memories, paying tribute to the life and legacy of someone they all loved.

Jewel-Style Keepsake Urn Necklaces

keepsake jewelryExpressing yourself after the loss of a loved one can be difficult. Jewel-style keepsake urn necklaces give you the chance to adorn your exterior with the shining memories of your lost loved one. Not only are these urn keepsake necklaces functional, but their brilliance represents the vibrant personality that once lit up your life. Glittering stones like amethyst, crystal, cubic zirconium, mother of pearl, black onyx and even created diamonds set in lovely designs allow you to carry your loved one with you always. These gorgeous necklaces come in high-quality materials such as gold vermeil and silver and allow you to choose the style that best suits your personal tastes.

Amethyst
According to ancient Egyptian belief, the wearer of amethyst is protected against guilt and fearful feelings. It is a comforting thought to know that an amethyst keepsake urn pendant will not only allow you to carry your loved one with you wherever you go, but also have the notions of antiquity that you are being shielded from negative emotions. The amethyst keepsake pendant urn comes in gold vermeil and silver, so you can match it to whatever precious metal inhabits your jewelry box.

Crystal
Healing, wisdom, clarity of thought, positive thoughts, harmony, and love are all said to be promoted by wearing a crystal. Their healing power has been appreciated by Hindus, indigenous Australians, Mayas, and Native American tribes. Whether you believe in the healing powers of crystal or not, their iridescent beauty is undeniable to the beholder. This clear option will allow cremains to be subtly visible inside of the pendant. The crystal is accented by a silver chain, and one model is accented with aqua crystal beads.

Cubic Zirconium
It has been said that cubic zirconium brings happiness, strength, energy, and promotes sounds sleep. When enduring the emotionally and physically draining experience of losing a loved one, these aforementioned benefits may be of assistance in the grieving process. Stylish and sophisticated designs like hearts, swirls, wheels and crosses allow the wearer to reflect his or her own personal style while simultaneously honoring the deceased.

Mother of Pearl
Oriental traditions and Chinese culture point to mother of pearl as being a source of prosperity and luck. It is a comforting thought to believe that carrying your loved one with you in a mother of pearl keepsake urn pendant will bring you good fortune by keeping him or her in your daily life. This opalescent material reflects light and color to create an ever-changing range of pigments. You can express your individuality with classic charms such as butterflies, dragonflies, crosses, palm trees, hearts and crosses.

Black Onyx
Perhaps the most appropriate stone for memorial jewelry is black onyx. This stone is said to be ideal for assisting in the process of letting go while keeping your mind focused and on-task. The deep, rich beauty of this black stone sharply contrasts with the glimmering finishes of silver or gold vermeil that are used to encase it, resulting in an exquisite look.

We can all agree with Robert Ludlum when he said, “The most precious jewels are not made from stone, but from flesh.” However, these stones can help keep the memory of a lost loved one alive in a small, glimmering symbol of the dearly departed. With hope, a jewel-style keepsake urn necklace can serve to assist in the healing process, and remain a treasured family heirloom for generations to come.

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.

Glass Cremation Jewelry and Keepsakes

Glass Cremation Jewelry

Glass Cremation Jewelry

At In the Light Urns, we understand that you are going through what is probably the most difficult time you have ever experienced.  Our glass cremation jewelry is one way to help express your grief, by choosing a design that is reminiscent of your departed loved one.  When you want to keep a portion of cremains, or even a lock of hair to help you feel connected spiritually to your loved one, our glass cremation pendants are the perfect way to do so.  Delicate and affordable, we offer beautiful keepsakes that are of the best quality and will last for years to come.

Many people choose to be cremated at their death, but those family members who remain are not always comfortable with the idea of a large urn sitting on display in their home.  Glass cremation jewelry is the perfect solution, as many family members can share the cremains among them in a style of their own choosing.  This allows each member of the family to keep a special bond with the deceased, and have them always close to their heart and mind.  Whether you are at work, school or any location, each time you touch the glass cremation pendant you will be reminded of the special times you had throughout life with the deceased, and forever hold the memories in your thoughts.

In the Light Urns offers a large variety of quality glass cremation jewelry in designs that are certain to be perfect for you.  Many of our pendants are decorated with ribbons, and are available in colors such as purple, red white and blue, pink, blue, black and yellow.  We also offer Golden Sunshine and Ocean Breeze, which are absolutely beautiful.  If your loved one was fascinated by rainbows, our Rainbow Keepsake Urn may be just what you need to help you get closure, and remain connected in a special way to the departed.

Azure Blue Keepsake

Azure Blue Keepsake

Our Azure Blue Keepsake Urns are hand blown glass pendants that are made using a special technique known as lamp working.  Luxurious colors are added during this process, which gives the piece a very distinctive and exquisite look.  Some of our keepsakes can be used as pet cremation jewelry and come with a luxurious gift box, small funnel and a tube of adhesive so that you can rest assured the cremains or other special memento of your loved one is secure.

At In the Light Urns, we want to help you in any way possible.  The products we offer are our way of helping you and your family get closure, and remember your loved one in a very special way.  If you don’t find what you need in our glass cremation jewelry, we have hundreds of other options, one which is certain to be the perfect way to memorialize your special loved one. Memorial jewelry is also available at Jewelry Urns. Their selection is extensive and their site is carbon neutral. Both In the Light Urns and Jewelry Urns take pride in working towards green policies and an environmentally conscious approach to business. Thank you for reading.

Memorial Jewelry – Remembering Loved Ones Often

As anyone knows who has experienced the death of a loved one, it is a very emotional and even debilitating time. Memorial jewelry is a way that you can keep the remembrance of that person alive, and keep them close to your heart as time marches on.

Many people visit the graves of their loved ones on Memorial Day, but why not do it more often? When you reflect about people you have known over the years, usually each one had some influence on your life whether large or small. If things were as they should be, people would be thankful for everyone they knew in their life. These people helped form who you are today. Remembering loved ones and friends on a daily basis helps you focus on the love you shared.

Another great way to remember your loved ones and keep them constantly in your mind and heart is with memorial jewelry. Although it is astonishingly beautiful to wear, it also helps keep someone who was very close to you with you all of the time, both physically and mentally. These wonderful keepsakes allow you to keep something of your beloved departed, such as a portion of their cremains or even a lock of hair.

Memorializing someone does not necessarily mean you must choose a traditional funeral with a casket. In fact, many people are now turning to cremation not only because of cost factors, but because of the beautiful and personal memorial products that are now available to celebrate life. Because someone chooses to spend less on the disposition of the body does not mean that their honor is compromised at all. This can be seen as a shift toward personalization, which is one of cremations advantages.

Of course when you do choose this method for your loved one, there are endless style and choices of urns to choose from, but memorial jewelry somehow makes it all seem so much more special and touching. It’s almost as if an unknown secret exists, because unless you tell anyone, you are the only one who knows just how close your loved one is to you because of the cremation jewelry you wear.

Remembering someone near to your heart, that affected your life in positive ways and influenced who you are is something that should be done each and every day, not just on holidays. Keep them in your mind and in your soul, and they will be with you always. Honor your departed loved one by keeping them close to you in body and spirit with memorial jewelry.

Consider Cremation Jewelry

jewelry for cremainsMany people that have lost a loved one get a keepsake to keep their remains close. This is a common practice in the United States and we deeply appreciate the need for quality cremation jewelry. These keepsakes hold ashes or a lock of hair from the passed; it is common to hold hair in the keepsake. There are several different materials you have to choose from for cremation jewelry. In the Light Urns has keepsakes in gold vermeil, sterling silver, stainless steel, wood and glass. We have some of the only rosary keepsakes available today. We take great pride in our diverse collection of jewelry and are always trying to better our store for our customers.

Here at In the Light Urns we have a high order of ethics and care in doing business in the funeral industry. Our cremation jewelry collection is vast and chosen from an even bigger group of keepsake urns. Our selections of products were made with consideration to our customers needs. We called most of our attention to being unique and providing jewelry that no other memorial company has. So far we have succeed in having several exclusive products that can not be found anywhere else.

Cremation jewelry is common and we try to make our collection a bit different than what most funeral homes and store provide. We have several necklaces and bracelets and are working toward rings and other keepsakes. These pieces of jewelry have a tiny compartment which is used to store a small portion of the ashes of a loved one. Sometimes it is best to designate one person to fill all the keepsakes. This is a good approach because this person will be capable of the job and will have some practice, so that the cremains are treated with respect and reverence. The family member that wants to have ashes needs access to the cremains. We do not recommend sending ashes to the person, but rather having the person come to the ashes in their entirety.

Currently there is a very interesting company that is working on making diamonds from cremains. This is a very smart way to include the remains of  a loved one in jewelry. Carbon is extracted to begin the process of creating a diamond. After the entire process is completed the rough diamond is then skillfully carved into the desired shape. The result is quite beautiful and we encourage those seeking to have some kind of memorial jewelry, to have a look at their options with cremains in a diamond.

There are so many wonderful uses for memorial keepsakes. They allow for us to maintain a connection with the person that we have lost. Their presence can provide inspiration, closure, comfort and so much more. I hope this information has been useful to you.

Many people that have lost a loved one get a keepsake to keep their remains close. This is a common practice in the United States and we deeply appreciate the need for quality cremation jewelry. These keepsakes hold ashes or a lock of hair from the passed; it is common to hold hair in the keepsake. There are several different materials you have to choose from for cremation jewelry. In the Light Urns has keepsakes in gold vermeil, sterling silver, stainless steel, wood and glass. We have some of the only rosary keepsakes available today. We take great pride in our diverse collection of jewelry and are always trying to better our store for our customers.Here at In the Light Urns we have a high order of ethics and care in doing business in the funeral industry. Our cremation jewelry collection is vast and chosen from an even bigger group of keepsake urns. Our selections of products were made with consideration to our customers needs. We called most of our attention to being unique and providing jewelry that no other memorial company has. So far we have succeed in having several exclusive products that can not be found anywhere else.

Cremation jewelry is common and we try to make our collection a bit different than what most funeral homes and store provide. We have several necklaces and bracelets and are working toward rings and other keepsakes. These pieces of jewelry have a tiny compartment which is used to store a small portion of the ashes of a loved one. Sometimes it is best to designate one person to fill all the keepsakes. This is a good approach because this person will be capable of the job and will have some practice, so that the cremains are treated with respect and reverence. The family member that wants to have ashes needs access to the cremains. We do not recommend sending ashes to the person, but rather having the person come to the ashes in their entirerty.

Jewelry Keepsake Bullets

In the Light Urns is proud to provide several bullet keepsake pendants. These pendants are very popular and are tough steel bullet replicas. They will accommodate one cubic inch of cremains or a lock of hair, crushed flowers, etc. Cremation jewelry is very popular method of memorializing your loved one for many reasons, but the most important is to keep your loved one close. These keepsakes provide personalization for those who loved shooting, hunting, and were a gun enthusiast.

Bullet Keepsake

Bullet Keepsake

These keepsakes are waterproof and come on a ball chain. Not only are they of excellent quality, they will arrive in a plush black velvet “Shades of My Love” gift box, with a funnel and tube of adhesive. These keepsakes are also available key chains.

It is now common for remains to travel far distances. Please note if you are traveling you must be sure that you cremation urn is TSA approved, so that they may scan the item. And because cremated remains can move places, many people find that the option to keep a portion of the remains is very comforting. It is not uncommon for a family to break up the ashes into several groups, so that distant family can have this connection. This also is helpful when you are not near the burial, scattering or memorial site. The memorial is in the small keepsake. The location no longer matters and this practical approach has been very important for funerals.

Shotgun Shell Keepsake

Some decided to wear the memorial jewelry for a passed person close to their skin. Others place this keepsake at home where it can safely be stored. Keychains are also option for a place to keep a keepsake. Although our keepsakes are water resitant and can hold up to a lot of pressure, they can be damage or lost. We encourage that you consider leaving your urn with ashes in a safe place. Especially glass keepsakes and those that are prone to damage and breaking. But these bullet keepsakes have a gasket around the top to ensure excellent closure. These bullet keepsakes are particularly well made and suitable for keeping ashes safe.

We are very pleased to constantly be adding to our catalog of wonder cremation jewelry. We feel it is out duty to families and peopel that have lost someone dear to them. So that they may have the best options available to them. We recently expanded on our 14k Gold cremation jewelry and Sterling Silver cremation jewelry. These keepsakes can all be engraved on and our shipping is fast, safe and free. Thank you for reading about these keepsakes and if you need any further assistance please contact us. Have a nice day.

Animal Cremation Jewelry and Animal Urns

Animal Memorial Jewelry

Animal Memorial Jewelry

If you are looking to memorialize your loved one who has been cremated, there are several beautiful animal figures that will fit the bill. If your loved one was a teddy bear lover, the perfect memorial would be a teddy bear pendant. This teddy bear pendant is made out of white bronze that measures 5/8” W x ¾ “H. This pendant holds ½ to 1 teaspoon of ashes and comes with its own gift box and black satin cord. This would also be perfect to give to a loved one that is a teddy bear lover as well. Our cremation jewelry line is extensive, so you can find exactly what you’re looking for.

If they loved butterflies, there are also memorials that are shaped like butterflies including this particular pendant that is a beautiful shape of a butterfly. The Butterfly Pearl Cremation jewelry is created by using gold plate and mother of pearl. This comes with a 20” matching gold plated chain and gift box. This is a beautiful way to carry the loved one with you and share in their love of butterflies all at the same time. Butterfly is a symbol of transformation, so this is a very fitting memorial to a deceased loved one and can be passed down through the generations.

This particular butterfly measures ¾” w by 1”high and holds ½ to 1 teaspoon of ashes. Now if Doves are what you are looking for, then we have many different dove depictions for you. Our Dove to Heaven pendant is also another sign of love that can be shared. This beautiful pendant measures 1” wide by 1” high and is created out of sterling silver with a matching chain. This dove is shows with the branch of peace in its mouth and is a fitting reminder that your loved one is at peace and is watching over you.

Animal Urns

Animal Urns

There are also several animals urns available. The memorials are for people that loved animals and the bereaved feel that an urn with their favorite animal would best memorialize this person. Many animal urns are the best fit to memorialize a loved one. For someone that was a veterinarian, their love for animals would be fitting for a cremation urn or memorial.

If your loved one loved dragonflies, or you have a relative who loves dragonflies, then our Dragonfly cremation jewelry will suit the bill very nicely. This particular Dragonfly Onyx cremation jewelry pendant is in sterling silver with Onyx wings. This particular pendant is ¾ wide by 1 high and holds ½ to 1 teaspoon of ashes. This comes with a matching chain and matching box for giving away when filled. This s a beautiful memorial for your loved one and can be shared with generations down the line. If eagles are more the style then we have you covered with our Sterling Silver Eagle Cremation Jewelry pendant.

This particular Eagle Cremation Jewelry is a beautiful reminder of the freedom of the wild and the Messenger of Spirit. This eagle measures 1” wide by 34 inches high. He will hold ½ to 1 teaspoon of your loved ones ashes. This pendant also comes with a matching chain and box. It also comes with instructions on how to fill the pendant and securely seal it.View this memorial jewelry. Our last pendant to look at is the Cat Cremation pendant in sterling silver. This is the figure of a very regal cat which measures ¼ wide by ¾ inches high and will hold ½ to 1 teaspoon of ashes