Using Flowers To Decorate A Cremation Urn

flower-arrangement-urnFlowers brighten up a room no matter what form they take. They can be real ones in a vase, silk flowers in a jar, or flowers gracing an urn. True, it may seem a little strange to talk about flowers on an urn; but the sad reality is, death is a part of life, and what we do with our bodies in death is something we have to deal with while we are alive. More and more frequently, people are opting to have themselves cremated instead of buried for various reasons. So, why have cremains sitting in a plain wooden box or in a dull bronze urn on a shelf? Using an urn that is decorated with flowers puts a positive spin on its symbolization, one that cancels out the contents within. However, flowers mean so much more than an accent.

Throughout our lives we find that flowers play an important role. They are given as gifts for a special occasion, sometimes to say “I love you,” marking a special moment in life, and simply just because. A bouquet, however, goes beyond making a statement. Flowers are traditionally associated with femininity – they are delicate and beautiful, but harbor a hidden strength. Naming our female children after flowers reinforces this association with femininity, and placing the cremains of a dear female relative into an urn with a floral design keeps this tradition solidly associated with women.

Looking in from the outside, keeping someone’s ashes on the shelf can seem a bit peculiar. It has become a meme that appears time and time again in films, usually used as part of a story in a comedy. It truly is time to put a different spin on the idea of keeping someone’s ashes in an urn. In The Light Urns has brought memorial displays into a new era with styles that reflect the living personality of the deceased. Celebrate the deceased’s life with a work of art as a repository. Unique urns offer a positive way to change how we view safekeeping the cremains of a loved one.

Modern society has a tendency to keep death at arm’s length as we embrace longer life spans and benefit from advances in medicine. It makes us uncomfortable and the subject gets swept under the rug. As we age, we have to become practical and start thinking about what is going to happen to our physical selves after we pass. Then, there comes the time when observing the wishes of a close relation have to be carried out. As mentioned before, cremation is becoming a popular option. Urns that break the mold have come onto the market to bring the concept into a new realm.

Think about this: cremation offers something that burial cannot. We can keep our loved ones with us in a form that can bring comfort. There is no grave site that requires planning a visit to and graveyards are not always a pleasant place to visit. In The Light Urns offers the opportunity to personalize the urn in a way that brings a smile instead of tears. We want to remember our loved ones in happy times. Using an urn that turns a delicate matter into a light hearted, positive conversation piece can put relatives and friends at ease when honoring and reflecting upon the lost life of a loved one.

Ways to Memorialize Your Loved One

It’s amazing how many ways there are to memorialize your loved one. I recently enjoyed a visit to the National Funeral Directors Association, where I was reminded of these amazing ways to memorialize your loved one. And I was reminded again from a wonderful podcast called Stuff You Should Know. A podcast called What Can You Do With a Dead Body (1/2 way down the page) is a very interesting discussion about death. For example – around 20% of Baby Boomers are interested in a green burial. They discussed lots of interesting information from biodegradable cremation urns to harnessing the energy that comes from cremating a body and using to heat homes. That sounds pretty different, but I’m all for sustainable living. You can have ashes shot into space through a company called Celestis or you can have the cremains compressed into a diamond with LifeGem.
These are some of the more extravagant ways to memorialize your loved one. A more orthodox method is to have a photo of your loved one embroidered on a blanket. This type of custom memorial is becoming more popular. We find that with custom cremation urns, people find value in having a memorial reflect their loved one and their life. We encourage engraving on wood, marble, brass or glass. So that a photo of the loved one is showing in a picture quality illustration on the urn or memorial. Custom Cremation Urns has more information on this.

Custom Cremation Urns at IntheLightUrns.com

Custom cremation urns can draw a connection between the passed and their final resting place. We are pleased to have a dominant presence on the internet for custom cremation urns. We are able to provide several families with custom memorials because we constantly strive to bring families what they are looking for. Engraving a photo on wood, marble, brass and glass is  a popular method of customizing your cremation urn. Below there is a photo of a Boy Scout leader that had his photo engraved on wood. The engraving is so detailed that it is comparable to a photo. Another option for custom urns is to propose an idea that we may bring to life. One woman lost her husband and was interested in getting a large truck trailer (model size) as the urn.

There are so many ways we can customize an urn. First and foremost we can choose the right urn for your loved one. This maybe finding something that loved to do like riding a bike or playing sports and creating an urn from a item that relates to what they loved. This is common in memorializing a  loved one, we recommend that you contact the urn manufacturer or seller to get more information. The other common approach to custom urns is engraving or branding the memorial. Engraving is very popular and the quality of engraving is very fine. You can literally take a photograph and have ti engraved on a cremation urn. Also the epitaph, dates and words of sentiment can also be placed on the urn, which is very common. For all your custom cremation urn needs visit us at In the Light Urns.

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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.
 
Bibliography:

1.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/06/AR2008090602853.html?hpid=moreheadlines
2.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/18/garden/18urns.html?ex=157680000&en=90023acef3ad9b64&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink

Custom Cremation Urns

Custom cremation urns can be made by engraving a photo of your loved ones on a wood or marble urn. This is becoming more and more popular, because families want to see their loved one’s thoroughly owns their final resting place and that their essence can be seen on the urn.

We greatly value the engraving on wood and marble urns, because it gives us the opportunity to make something unique and custom for every family. The process used can be tedious – the engraver must have a good quality image to draw the strong lines from. These lines are drawn from a program and then sent to the engraving machine.

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Engraved in Wood

If you would like a custom urn made, we are able to do it. We are not daunted by any task to ensure that you find the right memorial for your loved one. We take our job seriously and want to ensure that our customers are happy. Our custom urns typically range from personalized and engraved. But we are also able to make something from scratch.