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Mailbag: What type of urn to use, and do we keep or bury it?

Burial of cremation urn

My mother’s ashes are being buried in a cemetery plot in Michigan. The ashes are now in a temporary cardboard box. What type of urn would we use and do we keep it or bury it? (The grave will be opened with a 2 foot deep hole.) Thanks!

 

– Question via email

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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 that have been suggested on blog posts, comments, and gift lists curated by those who know. Links to resources are included at the end of the post.

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18 Totally Unique Memorial Service Guest Book Ideas

Guest Book Alternatives for Memorial Service

Most funerals, memorials, and life celebration events will include some sort of memorial service guest book. The purpose of these guest books is to allow the deceased’s family to see and remember how many people have been touched and affected by their life.

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Funeral Hacks: Crowdsource Your Memorial Scrapbook

Crowdsource Scrapbook

Funeral hacks include anything that helps make the final arrangements easier or more affordable. We share them with you in hopes that you can benefit by gleaning ideas and inspiration for the funeral or memorial service.

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13 Popular Funeral Flower Meanings

Symbolism of funeral flowers

Flowers have a rich tradition of use at central life events. Whether congratulations for a birth or condolences after a death, flowers are always appropriate and convey a deep sense of import and significance. Here are thirteen popular funeral flower meanings to help you choose which flowers to use at a memorial service, funeral, or as a sympathy gift. Continue reading 13 Popular Funeral Flower Meanings

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How to get a photo engraved onto a cremation urn

Photo Cremation Urns

A photo engraved onto a cremation urn is a beautiful tribute to your loved one. We’ve found our photo cremation urns to be among our most popular and cherished memorial urns, preserving a loved one’s character in a special way. Continue reading How to get a photo engraved onto a cremation urn

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Christmas Memorial Gifts (Gift Guide + Etiquette Tips)

Christmas Gifts for Those Who Grieve

Let’s talk about Christmas memorial gifts and how to give them in a sensitive, caring way.

It’s the holiday season, and someone close to you has lost a loved one. The natural tendency, for many of us, is to emit some generic phrases of condolence, then avoid the topic altogether. Don’t do this.

Take the effort to learn a few things to avoid when someone has lost a loved one. 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.

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10 Ways to Create a Unique Keepsake Memory Box

Keepsake Memory Box Ideas

Keepsake memory boxes are a great way to collect into one place all those little tokens, trinkets, and treasures you want to keep to remember your loved one. There are tons of options out there (you could spend days just browsing the memory box collection on Etsy), so we thought it would be helpful to list our favorite 10 ways to create a unique keepsake memory box in honor of your dearly beloved. Continue reading 10 Ways to Create a Unique Keepsake Memory Box

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Mailbag: Do any of the cases fit a 5′ X 8′ military burial flag?

Since there are several different sizes of military burial flags (5′ x 9.5′ being the standard), this is a pretty common question regarding our military flag display cases: Continue reading Mailbag: Do any of the cases fit a 5′ X 8′ military burial flag?

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14 Funeral Urn Memorial Service Table Arrangement Ideas

Urn and Flower Table Arrangements

The cremation urn is a natural centerpiece for the memorial service table at the front of the funeral event center. But you probably don’t want to just set the urn in the middle of a simple tablecloth – this is an opportunity to showcase the unique personality of your loved one. Continue reading 14 Funeral Urn Memorial Service Table Arrangement Ideas