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January 2017 Funeral Links

Resources for the Funeral Industry

In our January 2017 funeral links collection, you’ll find funeral trends for the new year, a DIY living centerpiece that turns into memorial service favors, cremation urns and ash scattering regulations, final text messages, the Strange Art of the Posthumous Portrait, our most popular products and posts of 2016, and more. Continue reading January 2017 Funeral Links

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15 Fascinating Funeral Photos

Interesting images of funerals and cemeteries

Every person who has ever lived has, or will soon have, the need for a funeral. Since life is so full of wonder, interest, intrigue, mystery, humor, and much more, it should be no surprise that death would have its share of the strange and wonderful. Here is our collection of fascinating funeral photos that capture a small hint of the paradoxical beauty, unsolvable mystery, odd irony, and morbid humor of funerals. Continue reading 15 Fascinating Funeral Photos

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Cremation Urns – How I Got Involved

Maple Wood Cross Urn

In coversations about life and work or when getting to know people, the question I seem to get asked a lot is – Why cremation urns?

When I am asked what I do for a living and I mention that I sell cremation urns, people seem to react with a somber, “Why?” Well, it wasn’t because my family ran or owned a funeral home, which seems to be more of a common answer among funeral professionals. For me it was because of my dad’s old golf ball display company.

Wooden Cremation Urns

You see, I worked for my dad’s company Golf Treasures for a few years and back in 1998 before I worked for them we had started a business called Northwest Gifts (which is still going strong).  That company started by selling locally manufactured golf gifts, such as hole in one award trophies, collectible golf ball cases, and other sports-related display cabinets.  Many of the golf items we sold were made by Golf Treasures, so when Golf Treasures started manufacturing a small line of 5 different hardwood urns, I figured we could create a website to sell those urns as well.

Memorial Urns

For a couple of years we would only sell a couple of urns a month. But as time went by things started to grow, of course, and each year we would add several new urn designs along with other premier manufacturer’s collections of cremation urns. Over time, our selection has grown to include handcrafted ceramic urns, pet memorials, hundreds more wooden urns, and unique products like memorial tree urns“In Loving Memory” bird feeder gifts, plantable bookmarks, and more.

Cedar Urn

So, the history of my involvment in selling urns isn’t glamorous or very interesting, but now it has become part of my daily life. I speak to many of our customers and feel their pain as they’re dealing with heartache, memorial arrangements, and costly funeral expenses. The loss of a young child is always the hardest to hear, I can’t imagine the pain of those who have lost a child, but that is for another post.

Now you know the unglamorous history, the present and the future of Urns Northwest is still to serve at a time of great loss. It is always appreciated, yet humbling, to receive the many “thank you’s” from our customers. We will continue to do our best to provide premium, personal customer service to help you get the right memorial, beautifully made, delivered at the right time.

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