Marble and Cremation Urns

Marble Cremation UrnMarble cremation urns are elegant and beautiful sculptures reminding one of the ancient classics that stand around the world. Marble contains Calcite which causes the marvelous swirls that make the marble cremation urns so distinctive. The colors are created by a reaction to the minerals and sediment in the earth where they are found. Pink marble is found in Tennessee and is used primarily for building materials because of its density. While it is very difficult to sculpt because it is so dense, artisans create some beautiful and distinctive marble cremation urns using Tennessee Marble.

Marble is a porous material and some of the cremation urns and created from a block of marble, while some are made from crushed marble that has been combined with a bonding agent which makes it stronger and easier to shape. It is not always easy to tell if the marble has been previously crushed as both have a wonderful look.

Marble urns are crafted my hand using large blocks which are then chiseled and sculpted using the same tools that have been used for centuries. Before sculpting can begin though a large piece of marble must be turned, shaped, and buffed into the general shape that it is going to be. This requires several hours and requires precise workmanship.

The carved cremation urns of today are not much different than the works of the past. Many of the same tools and exactly the same material is used. The artists work hard and smartly to create a wonderful look and feel for their marble urns. If you want a special sculpture created that reflects your loved one’s love for a certain activity, the artist will design a marble cremation urn that will reflect that wish.

Extra time must be spent with each individual piece because even though it is resilient, carving marble takes a special technique and the use of very small and delicate tools. Creating a detailed sculpture is much like cutting a diamond. If a mistake is made during the process the artist must start over, but the end result will be very special. Each marble cremation urn is an individual and unique piece of art that cannot be duplicated.

Cremation urns made of marble age very well. They are very heavy and durable and will become a treasured keepsake and heirloom. Often marble urns are kept out of the elements; we encourage proper care of a marble urn, but as many cultures have done, they can be stored outside.

Many people select a marble cremation urn that is large enough to accommodate more than one member of the family. This is called a companion urn. Thank you for reading and I hope this is helpful.

Biodegradable Urns: Being Friendly to Environment

Biodegradable Urns

Biodegradable Urns

Loss or death of a family member or anyone who is dear to you can be devastating. So the grieving process can take some time to lighten the emotional load. Survivors find it very difficult to plan whether to bury or cremate the body of the past person.

The grief of a loved one is always a disquieting and painful. You want to express your feelings to the loved one in a visual way that reflects how much the deceased meant to you. Cremation has become a popular and cost effective means to release a loved one and the scattering ashes of your loved one is quite common these days. You want a dignified and comforting way of returning the body to the land where it belongs. It’s a very respectful way of showing your love towards the departed one that you have always felt.

If you search the market you may find many types of urns designed specifically for scattering ashes in different regions. You will want to select an urn that is reflects the personality of your loved one and their passion for life. You can find pet urns for your pets. You can find infant urns for the infants and many more. Green burials are very common nowadays, and for this purpose biodegradable urns are used. Sometimes the ashes are scattered, but if the urn is to be buried a green urn is a wonderful memorial.

Biodegradable urns are also available in the markets that are specially made for the people who are eco friendly. People, who are environmentally conscious, use these urns for their dear ones who have departed this world.

Biodegradable urns or bio urns, as they are also called, represent a flourishing part of the cremation urn industry where eco friendly urns have steadily grown in popularity. Bio urns are used more frequently for many reasons by the people who are eco friendly. The benefits of these urns are as follows

• Biodegradable urns are environmentally friendly.
• Biodegradable urns are a source of giving back minerals and nutrients to the Earth
• Biodegradable urns help to preserve land.
• Biodegradable urns are the best solution for dispersion of your loved one’s ashes at sea by containing the ashes and keeping them from being accidentally spilled prior to dispersion.
• When these urns are used for land burial then they will completely break down in around approximately a year depending on the surrounding climate.
• They are eco friendly and fester naturally.
• Some of them are designed to break down or decompose slowly over time when placed into the earth.
• Others are intended to liquefy in minutes when positioned into a body of water.

People are considering the environment more often now. This is due the effects of the global warming, pollution of the earth’s water, and destruction of natural resources. If you use these green urns then you will be helping the land. Biodegradable urns make a memorable statement that the departed was environmentally conscious and carried that commitment through death. We are proud to be on the leading edge of the bio urn market. Here at In the Light Urns we strive to provide new and appropriate urns of all types. And these urns are no exception. We look forward to your feedback and will continue to provide excellent products at affordable prices. Thank you for reading.

Whiskers

I found Whiskers while looking for one of my other cats. Actually, it would be more fitting to say that he found me. I was standing on my porch calling for Princess when I saw Whiskers strolling up the driveway, meowing like he lived there. I had never seen him before and he looked hungry, so I left some food out for him. He was back the next day, and the day after. By Saturday I’d had enough, so I walked the neighborhood with him (by this point he had taken to following me) and asked neighbors if they recognized him. And I got the same response over and over again—“No, but I’ve fed him before.” So, he became a member of the family.

            He was different from my other cats—extremely affectionate and friendly to everyone. He was a brown and gray tabby with perfect markings and long whiskers. But eventually the years he spent on the streets caught up with him and within three years he was diagnosed with kidney failure. Realizing that our time with him was short, we tried everything medically possible including daily fluid injections. Even at his sickest he was still the same sweet cat I had found that warm summer night.

            He passed on an early Tuesday morning. I knew he only had a few moments left, so I held him in my arms as he took his last breaths. We decided to have him cremated; as he was more than just a cat we had for a few years, but rather an extremely important member of the family. He sat with me at breakfast in the mornings and he slept beside my mom at night. When visitors came over he immediately jumped in their laps and made himself comfortable. Above all, he loved to be around people. And he is still with us now, sitting on the fireplace mantle, where he can observe whatever action is taking place around him. That’s how he would have liked it.

Losing a Pet to Wild Animals

We have lost two sweet cats to wild animals. A fox, coyote or bobcat has taken two of our cats in the past 8 months.  Our first loss was on November 4, 2007.  It was the daylight savings time day, we changed our clocks, then went into town to buy supplies.  When we returned home our old ferrell cat Big Daddy was gone.  He was a limping, thin old cat who ran things around here for years.  He mated with our cat Dotnet just after we got her and so he was the father to Johnny Cat, an amazing cat that grew to be much larger than both his mom or dad. Big Daddy and I became friends after he showed up one summer, half malled by a wild animal.  His head was cut up and I applied neosporan whenever he would let me.  He got better and decided to come in through the pet door.  He scared the dogs and the cats kept their distance too.  But in the winter he would sit on my lap and enjoy the fire while I watched TV.  I needed a towel before he hopped up, because he would purr and claw without reguard to scratching me.  We pasted summer evenings the same way on the patio. One day my dog Dotcom was pestering Dotnet and Big Daddy got between them.  With his body he sheltered Dotnet.  She thought he was wonderful after that.  She had the same look of disbelief on her face when she watched our dog Dotcom walk through the pet door for the first time.  So, they were friends and of course we got her fixed soon after the litter arrived.

Dotnet had four sweet little kittens. The first to use the kitty litter and climb out of the tub, their nursery, was Johnny Cat. He and Dotcom, our dog, would play the strangest game. Our dog would play by getting Johnny’s head in her mouth and they would go like wild fire at each other. I was so afraid that Dotcom would hurt the kitten. But he was always fine and thoroughly enjoyed the play. Johnny Cat grew to be a large cat. He would come in through the pet door and cry for me, I would throw him over my should for a pet and put him on the counter for breakfast. Sometimes his mom would attempt to clean him, but Johnny Cat was a big job, so she would lick around his head and ears and he enjoyed the mom attention.

Well, it is summer now and we have had a momma fox and her 3 kits living in a den not too far away from our home. We worried about this large family turning into an even larger fox population, so we trapped a kit with a cage with some fresh chicken. We nabbed a kit each morning, and took them to a good field with lots of wild life to eat. We hoped to catch the mom, maybe we still have a chance. This was just a couple weeks ago. Anyway, we thought we were safe. But it has been two days and Johnny Cat is I am sorry to say, gone. What a sweet big cat he was. His baby cry and want of a little attention was a joy for me. I believe he was lost on June 27, 2008.

I have Dotnet and a little guy named Sequoia. He’s a red cat who loved to play with Johnny Cat. Sequoia is an attack cat. I can stop him most of the time if I see him move into action on Dotnet or Johnny. He and Johnny would roll around and play, but Dotnet is always so shocked by the assault. Sequoia is small but always stays close to home, which is a good thing for him. And Dotnet too, as she tends not to wonder too far. So now our Johnny Cat is gone and we will miss him dearly. He was three years and 3 months. I can picture our son Ryan who passed at 14 years of age, holding Johnny Cat and finding a place for him in their spirit lives. Good-buy for now boys.

               Johnny Cat

March 9, 2003 – June 27, 2008

I found a wonderful website for pet memorial jewelry.