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What should I send as a memorial gift instead of flowers?

Memorial Gift Ideas

Funeral flowers are beautiful, but many people find them depressing. After all, once the hubbub of the funeral or memorial service subsides, the flowers sit on a table and… die. A sad collection of wilting flowers isn’t exactly the image you want to leave with the recipient of your memorial gift.

So many people look for funeral flower alternatives to give that somehow celebrate life. Continue reading What should I send as a memorial gift instead of flowers?

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Horse Themed Cremation Urns for People Who Loved Horses

Cremation urns for people who loved horses

Horses are loved by many. The majestic power, the graceful movement, the equine beauty. Horse themed cremation urns are a popular choice as a memorial for people who loved horses, and there are plenty from which to choose.

At Urns Northwest, we offer some brilliant and premium horse themed cremation urns. Continue reading Horse Themed Cremation Urns for People Who Loved Horses

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The 10 Best Willow Tree Bereavement Gifts

Willow Tree figurines are incredibly popular woodcarved figures designed by artist Susan Lordi. Each original design is hand-carved by the artist in a simple yet captivating style that has become a modern classic. The Willow Tree figures are highly collectible and are often given to newlyweds, new parents, as Christmas gifts, and as beareavement gifts. Continue reading The 10 Best Willow Tree Bereavement Gifts

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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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5 Ways You Can Plant a Tree in Memory of a Loved One

Planting a tree to honor the memory of a loved one – family member, friend, pet – is a beautiful tribute with significant and life-affirming symbolism. We’re always on the lookout for creative and unique “living memorials” and eco-friendly funeral and memorial options (see here, here, herehere, and here for a few examples), so we’ve had a chance to gather plenty of ideas. Check out these 5 ways you can plant a tree in memory of a loved one.  Continue reading 5 Ways You Can Plant a Tree in Memory of a Loved One

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15 Compassionate Gifts for Grieving Moms

Memorial gifts for after a miscarriage

Tips about gift ideas for mothers who have lost a child are best coming from moms who have experience in this area of grief.

Below, we’ve compiled a list of 15 compassionate gifts for grieving moms from blog posts, comments, and gift lists curated by those who know. Continue reading 15 Compassionate Gifts for Grieving Moms

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Holiday Memorial Gifts; Or, Don’t Tiptoe Around the Mistletoe

Christmas Gifts for Those Who Grieve

Don’t Tiptoe Around the Mistletoe

It’s the holiday season, and someone close to you has lost a loved one. Our natural tendency, for many of us, is to emit some generic phrases of condolence, then avoid the issue altogether. Don’t do this. Take the effort to learn a few stereotypical things to avoid, then, even if you mess up and stick your foot in your mouth, take the time to show them that you care by your words, actions, or gifts. Continue reading Holiday Memorial Gifts; Or, Don’t Tiptoe Around the Mistletoe

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11 Living Memorial Ideas to Honor A Loved One

Living Memorials to Honor Your Loved One

Living memorials are part of a growing (!!) trend towards honoring the life of a departed loved one by emphasizing life, rather than death. The idea is to shift the focus away from death and towards a celebration of their life as it lives on in the memories of their friends and family. Continue reading 11 Living Memorial Ideas to Honor A Loved One