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.

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.

Cremation Based on Your Personal Choice and Belief

Cremation is now being preferred by more people over the traditional way of burying the remains of their deceased relatives and loved ones. It is the process of turning the remains of the deceased into fine ash-like matter by using extreme heat. In the cremation process, the body of the deceased will be put in a cardboard box or a coffin made of highly flammable material. The crematorium or the place where the process will take place is usually located near a funeral home or a chapel. A furnace will be used to cremate the remains. Then the remains will be pulverized to obtain a fine and ash-like state or condition. What are referred to as ashes are not actually ashes, they are ground up bone. All of the body, except the bone is completely burn off the bone. After the process, the remains or often called cremains, can be put in an urn or any kind of container and then will be given to the closest relatives.

Though cremation is now being practiced by people in many parts of the world, there are still some who are against this practice. A person’s religion or personal belief is the main factor that affects their view and opinion regarding cremation. There are some religions that are against cremation and there are also some who believe that this is the right thing to do. Some historical events that involve cremation failure and problems are also affecting some people’s belief about this practice.

Cremation is by far more environment-friendly than traditional burials. Moreover it is more affordable for the the survived to go forward with cremation vs burial. In traditional burials, you will have to purchase a piece of land from a cemetery or a memorial park and this will cost you a considerable amount of money. You will also have to spend money on expensive coffins. With cremation, all you have to purchase is a small urn or container where the remains will be put. These urns for ashes are wonderful memorials for the bereaved and can draw a connection between a loved one and their final resting place. If you want to bury the urn with the remains in it, it will only require a small space.

Most people prefer to scatter the ashes of their deceased loved ones in a place where their memories will linger. They say that this is a better to remember their loved ones because they will always remain or stay in that place. Relatives usually consider scattering ashes in one of the most favorite places of the deceased or the place where the deceased usually spend a long time. Some of the most common places where ashes are being scattered are parks, forest, or bodies of water like river, lake, or sea. Some people believe that scattering ashes will be the best way to return to Mother Nature.

With all the cremation issues and controversies, it will all still depend on a person’s own choice, belief, and preference. You are free to decide about what you want to do with your remains. It would be better to make plans early just to be prepared because no one really knows when he would really leave this world. Pre-planning ensures that you are getting exactly what you want when you die and we really value this approach.

Cremation Heats Homes (In Sweden)

Boras, Sweden – Where does heating for homes come from? From the crematorium of course.

You might be surprised to learn that the heat used to cremate the dead in Boras, Sweden is recycled into heating for homes. After the cremation chamber is clean the heat is diverted to warm water. That water is then circulated through a central heating unit, where air flows through, heats up and warms the house. Lanyard Nelson, a Baptist preacher in Helsingborg, Sweden says, “No one wants Aunt Astrid heating up the living room.” And one crematorium heats 60,000 homes and boasts 10 percent of the local energy company’s needs over the past six months. That’s a lot of living rooms.

Roger Bergstrom, head of the local energy company, said there was a rather “lively argument” over the project. Throughout the world talk has erupted about the quality of this perhaps too-green initiative. Henrik Nystrom, a pastor in Boras said, “I have a very serious problem with this.”

On the other hand Bengt Engberg of the Church of Sweden says “This is perfect for the environment.” A lost family member helping other people is actually a really comforting thought. “It’s only sensible,” said Borje Stolt the chief inspector of Helsingborg crematorium in southern Sweden. “It’s environment-friendly, and relatives can console themselves in the knowledge that the death of a loved one benefits the whole community.”

Written on behalf of In the Light Urns

Funeral Directors Start to Listen

The Internet is a vast place of information, resources, advice, and help. With all of this the varied businesses online are expanding at an exponential rate due to being able to learn and interact with people all over the world. Technology has come into our lives and transformed almost everything we do, all the way to our funeral. Lots of new ideas for products are starting to emerge in the cremation industry. And funeral directors must change with the times, to provide what people are asking for.

Cremation or Burial?

An increasing number of people are now opting for cremation rather than burial and funeral directors must change their business attitudes in order to keep customers happy. According to the Cremation Association of North America 35% of deaths in 2007 were cremated, and they have estimated that will rise to 59% by the year 2025. Most people opt for cremation because it is less expensive than a burial and that makes sense in this low economic time.  However, many of these people are also choosing creative ways to personalize their deaths, which means money may not be their only consideration.

Expanding Funeral Services to Please Consumers –

Funeral directors are now expanding their services to include more creative ways of keeping their customers happy. They want their final wishes planned out, paid for and accommodated no matter how different it might be from a traditional burial. More and more consumers are looking into cremation because it offers more options. It is no longer about a variety of urns (such as keepsake urns). It is about how creative and personal people can get with their lives even after death.

Michael Lyon, a Clarksville funeral director and owner of the Cremation Society of Virginia told Theresa Vargas, a Washington Post Staff Writer, “Even in death, the consumer wants options. Whereas 33 years ago when I first entered death care, it was very commonplace for funerals to look identical from person to person, today I am finding that death care is as unique as the life lived.”

Some Creative and Personalized Cremation Options –

In Lyon’s business consumers can buy a do it yourself memorial service and cast bronze urns with eagles or wind chimes. Cremation provides people with the most versatility and personalization. People can have their remains shot to the moon, spread over the sea, worked into a piece of art, or enclosed in a piece of jewelry. Eternal Reefs offers consumers “a new memorial choice that replaces cremation urns and ash scattering with a permanent environmental living legacy”. They make concrete reefs that hold the remains that help the underwater environment. It is eco-friendly and helps people give back to the environment even after death. Since society is now pressuring businesses to be more eco-friendly (some even willing to pay more for it) these ideas are being seen in all areas of business. 

New Ideas in Personalized Deaths –

Cremains in a Statue: To have one’s ashes built into a garden statue or planter. Two men, Kurt Zimmerman and Lawrence Mervine, are in the process of having this idea patented.

Prayer Wheel: Her mother loved the autumn season, so Lauren Clauson had her mother’s ashes put inside a prayer-wheel urn that she keeps in her living room.

The competition is getting tighter with consumers being able to shop for cremation urns online and compare costs and offers. There will be more creative methods of personalized cremation to come. This depends on what people and urn sellers think up, ask for, and what funeral directors will offer. If someone can’t find what they really want with one funeral home they will simply take their business elsewhere. Keep up with the times by creating a wide variety of personalized options for consumers.