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How to Write a Condolence Letter

How to Write a Condolence Letter

Let’s talk about how to write a condolence letter. Have you ever written a condolence letter? I sure haven’t. It’s a lost art.

But, like many things that have gone by the wayside in our modern age, it’s still a worthwhile endeavor. When you personally write to someone who has lost a loved one, it shows that extra touch of care and compassion.

If you’re thinking about writing a condolence letter and you just don’t know how, you’ve come to the right place. First of all, I commend you for wanting to do this. Your letter will be saved and re-read long after all the store-bought cards are discarded. Second, I’ve gleaned some tips and would like to share them with you.

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Photo Companion Urn

This Companion Photo Urn is a beautiful way to keep your loved ones picture for a memorial at home or in a niche. The 7″ x 5″ photo frame holds a favorite photograph, and can be used with a horizontal photo (shown) or a vertical photo. Companion urns are also known as a “double urn” or “urn for two”. Available in solid Walnut or solid Oak.

Photo Companion Urn in Walnut

Finely constructed using only the finest materials, the Photo Companion Urn.

Shipped out within 3 business days. Overnight or 2-day service also available, call to make arrangements and ensure delivery.

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Covered Bridge Cremation Urn

Covered bridge vertical cremation urnThe Covered Bridge Laser Engraved Cremation Urn features a beautiful pathway and a timeless covered bridge.  Available in solid oak, walnut (as shown), or maple.   These cremation urns are made from quality hardwoods and laser engraved with the finest detail, revealing true Northwest ingenuity and craftmanship. An ideal and affordable funeral urn for the hiker or outdoor lover. Many other designs available in this gorgeous series.

Affordably priced at $289.00

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Unique Urns for Interesting Individuals | The Romantic (#2)

How to find the perfect cremation urn for your beloved.

When you’ve shared so much of your life and love with someone, it’s neither easy or necessary to let all the memories go once they have passed on. And when your beloved was a poet, a dreamer, an artist, a sculptor, a romantic, a sentamentalist, and a memory keeper, those memories and keepsakes become symbolic not only of your beloved, but of the relationship you shared as well.

When it comes time to choose a cremation urn for your beloved romantic, here are three routes to pursue in your search for the perfect funeral urn: beauty in artistry, beauty in likeness, and beauty in function.

Beauty in Artistry

Sometimes the best way to celebrate and remember your beloved is through the beauty of finely crafted art that reflects your loved one’s interests or personality. Here is our series of dimensional artwork cremation urns, available in many gorgeous scenes. 

Hummingbird Cremation Urn – $365.00
Soft Breezes Cremation Urn – $365.00

Beauty in Likeness

The Romantic usually tends to have a fondness for photographs. A unique and enchanting way to honor your poet-dreamer is to find a favorite photograph and have it laser-engraved with stunning definition and vibrancy on a gorgeous hardwood cremation urn:

Vision Engraved Photo Cremation Urn – $369.00

Beauty in Function

If your wife, husband, son, daughter, or loved one was a Romantic, they will often have drawers and baskets and chests and secret spots overflowing with keepsakes – letters and love notes, special jewelry or sentimental toys and knicknacks, and old cassette tape of them singing a favorite tune. Keep these memories near with a memory chest cremation urn such as this one:

Memory Chest & Urn Combo – $259.00
Also available as an urn only and as a memory chest only – $235.00 each

And as a bonus for our blog readers, take 7% off any of the wood cremation urns mentioned in this post using the following urn coupon code:


Coupon code valid until 11/1/10. Free ground shipping on items over $130.00. This urn coupon code is valid on the following urns:
Hummingbird Cremation Urn
Soft Breezes Cremation Urn
Vision Engraved Photo Cremation Urn
Memory Chest & Urn Combo
Designer Cherry Urn
Memory Chest

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Unique Urns for Interesting Individuals | The Fisherman (#1)

How to find the perfect cremation urn for your beloved.

Maybe your husband always came home with a handful of 6 inchers and a tall tale about *almost* catching a four-foot pike… with his bare hands. Or maybe both of you just loved setting out your poles and and your camping chairs and while holding hands and reading some good books and generally enjoying the feeling of  being outdoors. Or maybe your dad was simply the best fisherman around, and when you think of him a flood of memories rushes upon you – long drives to remote locations, fishing jokes, romping around the river, and the family freezer always brimming with trout and salmon.

And now it’s time to choose a cremation urn. What better way to memorialize your dad or husband or best friend than with a gorgeous inlay and engraved Boat Fishing Urn in Oak:

This fisherman urn boasts a gorgeous bass fishing scene, and is available in two shapes, both of which are made in your choice of oak or walnut:

Or see our stream fishing cremation urns, which feature a river fisherman catching a salmon:

And lastly, the affordable yet still beautiful Laser Engraved Fishing Cremation Urn:

Here’s a few more options in bronze from around the web:

Fishing Cremation Urns at Perfect Memorials

Bronze Fishing Sports Urn at

If one of the five fisherman cremation urns listed above is the perfect urn for your loved one, use this coupon code for 7% off your purchase at


(Coupon valid only on these five urns, between 9/22/2010 – 11/22/2010. Enter coupon code at checkout.)

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Funeral Flowers

Just a quick plug for our other website,
We just began carrying a line of certified organic, Oregon-made-and-grown floral wreaths. These gorgeous fresh and dried wreaths can be a timely and touching gift for the bereaved, especially when you can’t make the service because of travel issues. Click here for more info and a coupon code for 8% off our beautiful wreaths.

Send Your Love with the Perfect Condolence Wreath

If you’re looking into sending funeral flowers, here’s some helpful info on the etiquette of sending sympathy flowers, along with Monica’s selection of Funeral Flower Baskets; and here is the FTD’s Sympathy & Funeral Flowers page.

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Unique Urns for Interesting Individuals – Series Introduction

How to find the perfect cremation urn for your beloved.

An urn is meant to function in several capacities.

First, and most practically, it is meant to hold the cremains of an individual. So watch out for some of the cheaper foreign-made copys; most of these are not made with the quality of an urn meant to last for years or generations to come. Choose something well-crafted from quality materials.

Second, the design, theme, or style should reflect the departed one’s character in some way that celebrates their life and memory. So consider the wood type, the construction style, and the design depicted on the urn with regards to what the cremation urn says about your loved one.

Third, a cremation urn is a means by which you not only remember, but enjoy remembering your loved one. So follow the advice in point number two above, but be sure to pick out an urn that you like, and that celebrates aspects of your beloved that put a warm smile on your lips.

With these points in mind, we’re launching this series of blog posts to highlight quality urns in order to help you decide which unique cremation urn is the perfect fit for your loved one’s unique personality. In doing so, we’ll advertise our own unique cremation urns at UrnsNW, of course (and throw in some coupon codes to boot); but we’ll also do our best to give you ideas and links to help you make a choice you’ll be satisfied with as time goes by.

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Ten Things to Think About Before You Die

When someone you love dies, it is hard to know what to do. Chances are, you’ve happened upon this blog because you’re searching for a cremation urn or beginning to research what to for a spouse or relative who has died or is nearing the end. And as you know, it is a difficult time.

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Hand Turned Urns | Hand Spun Urns

For a one-of-a-kind cremation urn, take advantage of the superior quality of handmade cremation urns

Urns Northwest has recently partnered with a one-of-a-kind urn artist who specializes in hand-spinning the highest quality hardwoods into cremation urns that highlight the unique textures latent in every piece of wood. We are proud to offer this line of hand-turned cremation urns to you, that you may memorialize your loved one with an urn unlike any other in the world.

For an example of the variety and craftmanship we bring to you, see the unique characteristics of these three hant-turned urns, all made from black walnut hardwood:

The craftmanship involved in these unique cremation urns is readily evident. Moreover, these urns are eco-friendly because they are made without screws or nails or metal of any kind, and thus these one-of-a-kind urns can be a part of an earth-conscious green burial.

Generally, a small variety of these specialty cremation urns are kept in stock; wood varieties include the popular Black Walnut and Ambrosia Maple (which are always in stock and ready to ship), as well as American Elm, Magnolia, Tulip Poplar, White Poplar, Cherry, Sweet Gum, Locust, and more, depending on local availability. Each one-of-a-kind urn is specialy crafted to highlight the distinct woodgrain qualities in latent in every tree. No two of these urns are exactly alike, and thus serve as a unique memorial to your loved one.

Don’t settle for cheap urn imitations, pieced together in a foreign factory. Celebrate the beautiful life of your loved one with a gorgeous and unique hand-turned cremation urn from

Feel free to contact us to discuss options regarding our line of hand-spun cremation urns.

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The Sustainable Funeral: How an Eco-Friendly Burial Urn Can Honor the Life of Your Loved One

Cremation is a process by which the natural decay of the human body over time is sped up artificially. If done thoughtfully and with grace, the process can stand as a poignant acknowledgement of the human condition, and as such, can be a valuable means for those who experience the loss of a loved one to accept the realities of a world in which life and death are the norm.

The details involved in a memorial service, a burial or scattering service, and the final disposition of a loved one are many and varied, and are usually handled well by those to whom we turn in these times – funeral home directors, pastors, other or older family members, experienced friends. But remember that you have a say in these details, and that what you say through the details can help to honor the memory of a loved one and to ease the difficulty of their passing.

Some of those details center on the handling of the cremains, or burial ashes, during the memorial service and at the actual burial. The crematorium will deposit the cremains in a plastic bag, which is placed in a cheap plastic or cardboard container. If you choose to bury or scatter the cremains, rather than keeping them nearby as a treasured memory in one of our beautiful hardwood urns, then the choice of how you bury or scatter the ashes of your loved one can be an opportunity to celebrate their life.

This is why we at Urns Northwest are proud to offer a line of eco-friendly urns. These biodegradable cremation urns are beautiful enough to display at the memorial service (which eliminates the cost of renting a temporary urn from the funeral home), and, more importantly, provides an attractive and environmentally friendly way for you to engage in the process of returning the remains of your loved one back to the dust of the earth.

 “Return to the ground,
for out of it you were taken;
for you are dust,
and to dust you shall return.”
– Genesis 3:19

You can celebrate the life of your beloved husband, wife, son, daughter, father, mother, friend, or mentor by celebrating their return to the earth. Here is an eco-friendly biodegradable urn to celebrate the passing seasons in life:

Or honor the memory of the ocean lover by disposition of the cremains through this water scattering urn, which is engineered to float for about 5 minutes before descending to the final resting place in the deep:

And here is our most popular eco-friendly cremation urn, the Journey Earthurn Biodegradable Urn:

Biodegradable Urn

Remember, you have the choice of how to bring your loved on to their final resting place. Listen to the advice of experienced friends, family members, pastors, and funeral home directors, but ultimately do what most celebrates the life of an incredible individual.